An eventful first overseas research trip for the project…

I have been in the United Kingdom (UK) for the past week carrying out primary research for my research project, my first overseas trip for it. However, it has certainly been an eventful one…Before leaving Hong Kong I was anxious about whether my new flight (my previous one earlier in the day had been cancelled) to London, UK would be leaving due to the drastic reduction in people flying due to the now Coronavirus pandemic. My flight thankfully did leave, but it was the emptiest flight that I have ever been on…

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I jumped into my research here in London soon after arriving as I am only here for a limited time. I visited the National Archives of the UK and the British Library and found some great material.

Here is a photograph of an interesting thing that I came across: a British Indian Passport during the British Raj.

I have really enjoyed carrying out primary research after several years and especially appreciated being back in the National Archives and British Library after a very long time (for my postdoctoral team research project on ‘Australia in War and Peace, 1914-1919’ at King’s College London in 2012-14). However, my second week here in London is looking uncertain as the Coronavirus has been declared a pandemic and the UK government is escalating its response to deal with the crisis. My concern is that public places like archives and libraries might be closed to help stop the spread of the virus. Of course people’s health must come first, but for a researcher who has only a limited time here it would be unfortunate…I hope everyone stays healthy.

Published by Dr. Jatinder Mann

I am a Research Associate in the Menzies Australia Institute at King's College London. I am British and of South Asian descent, specifically from the Punjab. I have also lived and worked in Australia, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, and Hong Kong. I am currently working on a new research project on the ‘Transnational Identities of the Global South Asian Diaspora in Australia, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand, and South Africa, 1900s-1940s’. I am also the author of two books. The most recent is Redefining Citizenship in Australia, Canada, and Aotearoa New Zealand (2019). I am the sole editor of Citizenship in Transnational Perspective: Australia, Canada, and New Zealand (2017). I am also a co-editor of a special issue of the British Journal of Canadian Studies on ‘Canada 150’, published in 2018 by Liverpool University Press. I have published numerous articles in front-ranking and emerging interdisciplinary journals. I am also a co-editor in the forthcoming Revisiting the British World: New Voices and Perspectives with Peter Lang Publishing and Documents on Australian Foreign Policy: Australia in War and Peace, 1914-1919 with UNSW Press. I am the editor for a book series on ‘Studies in Transnationalism’ with Peter Lang Publishing, New York. I am also the Creator and Manager of the Australian, Canadian, and New Zealand Studies Network (ACNZSN). I am the Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Australian, Canadian, and Aotearoa New Zealand Studies (JACANZS). I was also awarded the prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Alberta in 2014. I was the recipient of the highly competitive Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship for my doctoral research at the University of Sydney. I have also held visiting fellowships at King’s College London, the Australian National University, Carleton University, and Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington.

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