SOAS University of London

Department of Anthropology and Sociology

The Perils of Our Insular Illusion: David Olusoga

David Olusoga

Date: 22 November 2018Time: 6:30 PM

Finishes: 22 November 2018Time: 8:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

The Migration Museum's Annual Lecture, hosted by SOAS.

We often forget the importance of migration to our history, in part because we forget just how global, international and connected Britain has always been. We have found ways, in our use of language and our writing of history, to minimise our interactions with other peoples and other nations – migrants, allies and subjects of the former empire. Join British-Nigerian historian, producer and presenter David Olusoga at SOAS for the Migration Museum's annual lecture, as he argues that, to make sense of the Britain of 2018, we need to recover the global aspects of our history and culture. 

David's TV series include Civilisations (BBC 2), Black and British: A Forgotten History (BBC 2), The World’s War (BBC 2), A House Through Time (BBC 2) and the BAFTA winning Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners (BBC 2). 

David is also the author of Civilisations: Encounters and the Cult of Progress, The World’s War, which won First World War Book of the Year; Black & British: A Forgotten History, which was awarded both the Longman-History Today Trustees Award and the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize; and The Kaiser’s Holocaust: Germany’s Forgotten Genocide and the Colonial Roots of Nazism. He writes for the Guardian, the Observer and BBC History Magazine.

To book tickets, please visit the Eventbrite page

Registration opens at 18:00.
Doors close at 18:30; admission after this time will not be accepted. 

The Migration Museum will be hosting a drinks reception after the lecture, from 20:00-21:00. 

About the Migration Museum:
The Migration Museum is shining a light on the many ways that the movement of people to and from Britain across the ages has shaped who we are – as individuals, as communities, and as a nation. We are doing this through the creation of an inspiring national Migration Museum, a far-reaching nationwide education programme and a knowledge-sharing network of museums and galleries across the UK. Our museum is currently housed at The Workshop in Lambeth, London. For more information, please visit

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