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What would you put in your emigrant's kist? - Philomena de Lima
EXTERNAL ID
AB_SGI_10_PHILOMENA_DE_LIMA_Q_06
PLACENAME
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
DATE OF RECORDING
2009
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Philomena de Lima
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
41063
KEYWORDS
conferences
emigration
lecturers
audio
audios
emigrantkist

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As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad.

Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Philomena de Lima answers the question:

'If you were emigrating today and your luggage restriction was a typical emigrant's kist what would you put in it?' (A typical kist would be approx. 96cm x 51cm x 56cm.)

'I actually have very little attachment to things; I know this sounds really strange but that's partly of, being brought up, you know, of the upheavals I've had as a child. Maybe some letters, and, you know, things like that. But not clothes, not really. I can't think of...

Interviewer: Or objects?

...or jewellery. I have only a couple of things, you know, of my family because I don't like gold and I kind of, there's a couple of gold rings from my grandfather or something like that, but that's about it, really. I have, I don't really have an attachment to things. It was difficult when I did that, that bit for the museum. I, I couldn't really think of a thing, so I just gave them some photographs because I think that's kind of more important to me than objects.' [Philomena is referring here to her inclusion in a recent photographic exhibition at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery.]


BIOGRAPHY

Dr Philomena de Lima is the Director of the UHI Centre for Remote and Rural Studies based in Inverness. She has lived in the Highlands for around 25 years. She has been actively involved in researching rural policy issues, particularly with regard to migration, social exclusion, minorities and equalities and has published widely on these topics. Recent publications include, with Wright (2009) 'Welcoming Migrants? Migrant labour in rural Scotland in Social Policy and Society', issue 8:3; 'Ticking the Ethnic Box: the experiences of minority ethnic young people in rural communities' in Education in the North, New Series , Number 15 Session 2007-2008, University of Aberdeen; with Jentsch and MacDonald, 'Migrant Workers in Rural Scotland: Going to the Middle of Nowhere' in International Journal on Multicultural Societies (IJMS), Vol. 9, No. 1, 2007; and with Williams, 'Devolution, Multicultural Citizenship and Race Equality: from Laissez Faire to Nationally Responsible Policies' in Critical Social Policy, Vol. 26 (3) 2006.

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What would you put in your emigrant's kist? - Philomena de Lima

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

2000s

conferences; emigration; lecturers; audio; audios; emigrantkist;

Am Baile

Scotland's Global Impact

As part of Homecoming Scotland 2009, a three-day international conference - Scotland's Global Impact - was held at Eden Court theatre, Inverness from 22-24 October. Prominent academics, historians and other experts came together to provoke healthy discussion on the history of migration and the influence of Scots abroad. <br /> <br /> Am Baile interviewed several of the speakers during the conference. In this audio extract, Dr Philomena de Lima answers the question:<br /> <br /> 'If you were emigrating today and your luggage restriction was a typical emigrant's kist what would you put in it?' (A typical kist would be approx. 96cm x 51cm x 56cm.)<br /> <br /> 'I actually have very little attachment to things; I know this sounds really strange but that's partly of, being brought up, you know, of the upheavals I've had as a child. Maybe some letters, and, you know, things like that. But not clothes, not really. I can't think of...<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Or objects?<br /> <br /> ...or jewellery. I have only a couple of things, you know, of my family because I don't like gold and I kind of, there's a couple of gold rings from my grandfather or something like that, but that's about it, really. I have, I don't really have an attachment to things. It was difficult when I did that, that bit for the museum. I, I couldn't really think of a thing, so I just gave them some photographs because I think that's kind of more important to me than objects.' [Philomena is referring here to her inclusion in a recent photographic exhibition at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery.]<br /> <br /> <br /> BIOGRAPHY<br /> <br /> Dr Philomena de Lima is the Director of the UHI Centre for Remote and Rural Studies based in Inverness. She has lived in the Highlands for around 25 years. She has been actively involved in researching rural policy issues, particularly with regard to migration, social exclusion, minorities and equalities and has published widely on these topics. Recent publications include, with Wright (2009) 'Welcoming Migrants? Migrant labour in rural Scotland in Social Policy and Society', issue 8:3; 'Ticking the Ethnic Box: the experiences of minority ethnic young people in rural communities' in Education in the North, New Series , Number 15 Session 2007-2008, University of Aberdeen; with Jentsch and MacDonald, 'Migrant Workers in Rural Scotland: Going to the Middle of Nowhere' in International Journal on Multicultural Societies (IJMS), Vol. 9, No. 1, 2007; and with Williams, 'Devolution, Multicultural Citizenship and Race Equality: from Laissez Faire to Nationally Responsible Policies' in Critical Social Policy, Vol. 26 (3) 2006.