Saffron East

Saffron’s research centres on the intersections between racial identity formation and class activism within south Asian migrant communities in 1970s Britain, using the Indian Workers’ Association and Southall Black Sisters as case studies. Saffron’s current work is informed by her undergraduate interests in the impact of empire and decolonisation ‘at home’ and her master’s research into the relationships between popular memory, public history and collective identity formation. This research is supported by an AHRC scholarship from the London Arts and Humanities Partnership.


Supervisor: Michael Collins (primary) and Andrew Flinn (secondary)
Working title: 'The Indian Workers' Association, Southall Black Sisters, and "Black" politics in 1970s Britain'
Expected completion date: 2022

Papers and presentations

  • 'Remembering decolonisation in twenty-first century Britain', Difficult Heritage: Making sense of uncomfortable histories, The Bar Convent, York, April 2018