February 2024

The British Empire and Imperial India: Architecture and Arts

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024 - 10:00
Ditchling Village Hall
Lewes Rd Ditchling BN6 8TT
Online Event

How did the British view themselves and their subjects in the era of imperialism? How did imperial subjects view the British?

This study day considers these questions by exploring a range of images, buildings, objects and art forms from across the British Empire.

Beginning with a broad view of the empire and imperial art in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, we will go on to focus more closely on imperial India.

We will consider the arts and architecture of the vibrant capital city of Calcutta, the ‘second city’ of the British Empire throughout the nineteenth century.

We will then take a detailed look at the life and art of one of India’s cultural giants, Rabindranath Tagore. 


Dr John Stevens

Dr John Stevens gained his PhD in History from UCL, before going on to teach British Imperial History, Indian History and Bengali Language at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS, University of London). His biography of the Indian guru Keshab Chandra Sen – Keshab: Bengal’s Forgotten Prophet - was published by Hurst and Oxford University Press in 2018. He is a regular visitor to India and Bangladesh and has lectured at numerous Indian universities. He also works as a consultant on Indian affairs and teaches the Bengali language to private students. He has appeared many times in the Indian media, and was a guest on BBC Radio Four’s In Our Time, discussing the poet and artist Rabindranath Tagore.