[PAST EVENT] Visualising Empire in American Popular Culture: India 1930-32

April 17, 2014
3:30pm - 5pm
James Blair Hall, Room 223
250 James Blair Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Please join us on Thursday, April 17, 3:30 pm, in James Blair 223 for a talk with Dr. Chandrika Kaul of St Andrews University, titled Visualising Empire in American Popular Culture: India 1930-32, to be followed afterwards with a reception in the Tyler Garden.

Professor Kaul's talk is linked to her current book project, Visualising Empire in American Popular Culture, which seeks to investigate the print and visual elements of American popular especially political culture, attempting to probe how the U.S. media's coverage and other forms of creative imaging helped to mold its understanding of South Asia, specifically India, over the first half of the twentieth century. The paper focuses on efforts by one of the largest selling American dailies, the Chicago Daily Tribune, and its biggest news agency, the Associated Press, to uncover the nuances and complexities of imperial coverage, with specific reference to a moment of acute crisis in the shape of the mass Civil Disobedience movement inaugurated by M. K. Gandhi or Mahatma Gandhi in 1930, the year in which Time magazine voted him its Man of the Year.

Dr. Kaul is Lecturer in Modern History at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. She is founding co-editor of the book series, Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media, and sits on the editorial board of the international journals Media History and Twentieth Century British History. She has many publications, among them a monograph to be published this year titled Communications, Media and the Imperial Experience: Britain and India in the Twentieth Century (Palgrave Macmillan).

Her visit to campus is sponsored by the William & Mary-St Andrews Joint Degree Programme.