Published on 21/09/2023
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  • The event on 28 September will include a screening of the DESIblitz documentary From Africa to Britain: Real Stories—Real Histories
  • It includes interviews with South Asian people expelled from Uganda and relocated to Birmingham
  • It will also offer historical background, an open discussion, and free samples of food combining South Asian, African and local traditions.

Historians from Aston University have partnered with the UK's leading British Asian web magazine, DESIblitz to screen a documentary about the South Asian people expelled from Uganda who relocated to Birmingham in the 1960s and 1970s.

The event at the Birmingham and Midland Institute in Birmingham on Thursday 28 September will include a screening of From Africa to Britain: Real Stories—Real Histories, alongside historical background from Aston University senior lecturer in modern history and decolonisation specialist Dr Volker Prott. 

It will be followed by a discussion with the documentary project director Indi Deol, and free samples of food combining South Asian, African and local traditions.

Dr Ilaria Scaglia, senior lecturer in modern history at Aston University, said:

“In the History programme at Aston University we focus on the connections between the local and the global, and the history of the South Asian expulsion from Uganda is a prime example of why this is so important. 

“We cannot understand the point of view of the people who surround us, the taste and smell of the foods we encounter as we walk the streets of this wondrous city unless we address the history of its diversity. 

“And this history is sometimes painful, always interesting and involves us all in one way or another.”

The event is open to all and free to attend. You can book your place here.

Notes to Editors

About Aston University

For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.

Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.

Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming The Guardian University of the Year in 2020.

Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.

For media inquiries in relation to this release, contact Sam Cook, Press and Communications Manager, on (+44) 7446 910063 or email: s.cook2@aston.ac.uk

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