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  • Dr Andrea Major at Edinburgh Festival


    Dr Andrea Major from the Becoming Coolies project team was in Edinburgh at the International Festival, giving a FREE public lecture.

    Dr Major spoke on: An East Indian Slave Trade? Rethinking Indian Indentured Labour Migration

    The lecture was accompanied by a selection of the artworks by Danny Flynn recently displayed in New Delhi and Leeds.

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  • EASAS Conference Warsaw


    The project team organised a panel at the 24th European Conference on South Asian Studies, held in Warsaw on the 27th-30th July 2016. The panel was on 'Caste and Labour'. Professor Crispin Bates, and Drs Andrea Major and Marina Carter spoke.

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  • LATEST: Call for Papers


    The third conference from the 'Becoming Coolies' project will take place in Edinburgh on 8-9th September:

    Indentured Lives: rethinking the experience of Indian overseas labour migration, 1800-1920.

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  • Leeds conference and postgraduate workshop


    Dr Andrea Major and the project team hosted the second of the 'Becoming Coolies' conferences at the University of Leeds 27-29 June 2016: After Slavery: labour and migration in the post-emancipation world.

    Dr Major and Professor Bates both presented papers. As part of the conference, Danny Flynn's Juxtapositions prints from New Delhi were displayed, alongside art work from other artists drawing on the theme of indenture in their work.

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  • Schools Art Project on Roots-Seeking and Identity


    'Who we are, what we are, where we are'

    These are the questions being asked by a group of teenagers at Park View School in Tottenham, London, in response to the Justapositions works of project partner Danny Flynn.  Danny spent three sessions with the students, introducing them to screen printing techniques and talking them through the prints he produced using the 'Becoming Coolies' archive finds.  Then, by exploring their own family histories, and the diasporas represented in their community, the class produced a collection of dynamic personal art pieces.

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  • Dr Andrea Major appears on BBC 'The Big Questions'



    On Sunday 8th May Andrea Major, one of the project's lead researchers, appeared on a panel discussion for the BBC on the history of the British Empire.  You can watch the discussion online until Sunday 5th June using the link above.


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  • Professor Crispin Bates speaks at Dakshin-Kamrup College, Guwahati


    As part of the 'Rethinking Colonialism and Globailsation' conference (21-23 April 2016), hosted by the Indian Council of Social Science Research at Dakshin-Kamrup college, Guwahati, Professor Bates was invited to present a keynote paper.  He spoke on The South Asian Labour Diaspora in the Colonial Era: networks, trust and intermediaries.

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  • BASAS Annual Conference


    Dr Andrea Major from the project team attended the British Association of South Asian Studies conference at Fitzwilliam College Cambridge, 6-8 April 2016.  She hosted and spoke in a panel on Indentured identities: colonial discourse, subaltern agency and Indian labour migration, 1834-1930.


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  • Conference and Juxtapositions Exhibtion in New Delhi, 28-29 March 2016


    The 'Becoming Coolies' team hosted the first of three conferences related to the research project in New Delhi on 28-29th March 2016.  Hosted by Dr Ashutosh Kumar, the conference, 'Becoming Indentured: rethinking labour migration in colonial India', attracted around 40 scholars from India and further afield for papers and round table discussions. Papers were presented by Drs Andrea Major, Marina Carter, Ashutosh Kumar, and Professor Crispin Bates, who also gave a keynote lecture.

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  • Exhibition: 'Cool!tude'


    Danny Flynn’s exhibition Cool!tude opened on Saturday 10th October at G511ery in London.

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