14 May 2010 - 15 May 2010 All day CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane, Cambridge


Registration online via the link at the top right hand side of this page.
Conference Fee: £15 (full); £7.50 (student)
Places still available 


Mishka Sinha (FAMES, University of  Cambridge)
Thomas Green (Divinity, University of Cambridge) 

This workshop aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of ideas of India in Britain between 1857 and 1947, by bringing together early-career researchers and more senior academics from different disciplines working on this crucial aspect of British intellectual history. This was not only a transformational period for British colonial attitudes to India as an imperial subject – from the trauma of ‘the Mutiny’ to the political and emotional severance of Indian independence – but it was also a period in which ideas of India more generally played a defining role in the intellectual and cultural life of Britain. Particular aspects of the theme which participants’ papers will discuss include ideas of India in professional Indology; the idea of India in ‘esoteric’ spiritual movements such as Theosophy; Indians in Britain (e.g. Purohit Swami, Keshab Chandra Sen, Swami Vivekananda); the idea of India in literary, intellectual and popular culture; and comparative studies of conceptions of India on the continent.


Keynote Speaker

Professor Peter van der Veer (Director of the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen)

Roundtable chair

Professor (Emeritus) Tapan Raychaudhuri (St. Anthony’s College, University of Oxford)



Travel and accommodation information can be found at Visit Cambridge.


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