race, asylum and immigration issues hitting the headlines almost on a daily
basis, a University of Leicester professor is set to demonstrate how xenophobia
has been a fact of life for centuries.
Keith Snell, of the Centre for English Local History, will deliver his inaugural
professorial lecture, The Culture of Local Xenophobia, on Tuesday 15
October. The lecture, to be held in the Ken Edwards Building, University of
Leicester, at 5.30pm, is free and open to the public. Free parking is available
Snell's lecture tackles the local history of xenophobia in England and Wales in
the period between about 1700 and 1938.
said: "Xenophobia means a fear or dislike of things foreign or strange. I
will describe the historical record of localised and often antagonistic
sentiments towards so-called `foreigners' who came from other parishes.
very local sentiments provide an important background to help us understand
later suspicious attitudes to people felt to be 'outsiders'."
Snell argues that a culture of local xenophobia was once so widespread that it
rendered questionable arguments for the early, post-1790, `making of the English
working class', as expressed most famously by the historian E P Thompson.
features of this xenophobic attitude will be discussed in the lecture, which
will also cover the legal and related frameworks that contributed to it.
will outline some of the factors that led such local attitudes gradually to be
eclipsed during the nineteenth century by a wider, more national, sense of class
consciousness and allegiance.
subject should be of interest to those interested in history, to local
historians, and to anyone concerned with modern race relations, cultural
intolerance, and the ways in which xenophobia has been expressed in the history
of our society."
For more information, please contact Keith Snell on 0116 252 2763, or 0116 252
2762 for Audrey Larrive, Secretary for the Centre for English Local History.
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