Networks of Media and Print in the Age of Imperialism

Malhotra, A. (Participant)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference


I co-organised with Dr Tara Puri an international conference entitled, 'Networks of Media and Print in the Age of Imperialism'. The Conference was funded from multiple sources. It was funded by the Institute for Advanced Studies (£1000), the British Academy (£1000), the University of Warwick's Department for English and Comparative Literary Studies (£500), the University of Warwick's Centre for Global History (£830), and the University of Warwick's Humanities Research Centre (£800). The conference examined the means by which imperial networks of print and media helped fashion individual and collective identities across national and proto-national boundaries in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It considered the ways in which media and publishing networks connected European and Japanese colonial powers to their respective colonies in Asia, Africa, Australasia and the Americas, and thus forged and extended imperial ideologies. While reader demand, as well as the changing colonial power dynamic, played a part in determining representations of imperialism and the colonized ‘other’, the conference aimed at exploring how such print technologies and networks were used conversely by colonized peoples in efforts to formulate national or transnational identities, as well as to imbibe, renegotiate or contest matrixes of imperial power. Additionally, it addressed how media and print produced by various imperial powers and their colonized subjects transcended their specific regional contexts by interacting with and informing other imperialisms or colonized regions, and by extending to what were considered non-colonized and non-imperial power spaces.
Period23 Apr 2015
Event typeConference
LocationCoventry, United Kingdom