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Cross-Border Queers: the Story of South Asian Migrants in the UK

This project examines the history of queer South Asian migration to the UK

This project will address the missing history of queer South Asian migration to the UK. The 1960s marked the beginning of an organised LGBTQ civil rights movement in the UK, as well as larger waves of migration to the UK, with those of South Asian descent arriving from India, Pakistan, Kenya and Uganda. However, there is little research on queer South Asians who arrived in the UK and how their experiences of racism, homophobia and their transnational connections in South Asia, shaped their (inter)national experience of being queer.

Principal Investigator: Dr Churnjeet Mahn, University of Strathclyde

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Tackling the UK's International Challenges

The projects funded under this programme aim to bring new research ideas and methods to bear on understanding the UK’s international challenges – past, current and future.


We foster international collaboration in the humanities and social sciences, and promote the sharing of international perspectives on global challenges.