Buy tickets for Audrey Osler - Author Talk and Q&A - Author of 'Where are you from? No, where are you really from?' Nottingham Central Library, Nottingham on Tuesday 27th February 2024
Doors: 6:30pm | Begins: 7:00pm | Ends: 9:00pm

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Join Audrey Osler at Nottingham Central Library as she discusses her book ‘Where Are You From? No, Where Are You Really From?’


Whether or not we trace our families from beyond the shores of Britain, we British people deserve a better understanding of our shared past, and opportunities to explore and recognise the complexities and contractions of empire.


Careless or wilful amnesia has allowed the British migration narrative to begin in the mid-twentieth century, with migrants from India, Pakistan and the Caribbean forming the foundation of present-day multicultural Britain. A racist fixation means that some twenty-first-century Britons fantasise that people of colour arrived after World War Two, without any link to the country, to exploit the British welfare state and British hospitality.


For people of colour the questions: Where are you from? No, where are you really from? often imply more than simple curiosity. They are political questions of identity, since the assumption (naive or aggressive) is that to be British and to belong you must be white. Says Audrey Osler: 'The British Empire frames and shapes my family's history. Whether born in Britain, like me or my father, or in some other distant British territory, like my mother, we all continue to experience the legacy of this same empire and the impact of its ambitions, politics, and economics. My family story, back to the eighteenth century, across every generation, is one of migration in different directions, over four centuries, journeys prompted by war, study, a global economic crisis, a fresh start, love, and even child abduction. The stories I tell here reveal as much about Britain as they do about the countries of the British Empire. This is not just my history, it elucidates the largely untold history of a nation and of its citizens, both people of colour and white.'


Audrey Osler is Professor Emerita of Citizenship and Human Rights Education at the University of Leeds. She is widely known for her research on teachers' lives and careers, children's rights, and racial justice, and has worked as an educator in many countries, predominantly in Europe, East Asia and North America. She has acted as an expert advisor the Council of Europe, UNESCO and a range of national governments. Her books have been translated into many languages, including Japanese and Chinese.

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Nottingham Central Library is located within the Broadmarsh Development, with entry located on Carrington Street.

Onsite café, food and drink available
Unisex & accessible toilets - Changing Places Room available within our complex
Baby changing facilities & buggy parking
Ramp access to building
Lift access to floors
Onsite Security Team - First-aid trained

5 minute walk from Nottingham Train Station & Tram Stop
Easily accessible from City Centre
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