This panel is on the economic, social, and cultural influence of India on European cities, including Edinburgh, Dundee, Oxford, Lisbon, and Paris. The panel will address methodological and intellectual debates concerning the role of colonial experiences on the urban context in the long 19th century.
Most discussions of the influence of India on Europe in the nineteenth century centre around discourses within a particular state, and are rarely comparative across European countries. By contrast, this panel will focus on the economic, social, and cultural influences of India on European cities across at least the three imperial powers of Portugal, France, and Great Britain, including Lisbon, Paris, Edinburgh, Dundee, and Oxford. Participants will discuss the impact of art collections and exhibitions, cultural and educational institutions, and architectural landmarks on European cities which originated in the Indian subcontinent. In addition, there will be reflection on how ideas of India and Indian culture informed public debate and discourse in key urban settings, and on individuals who circulated between colony and metropole. The panel will address methodological and intellectual debates concerning the role of colonial experiences on the urban context in the long 19th century. Tentative Panellists include Dr Anne-Julie Etter, Université de Cergy-Pontoise; Dr Margret Frenz, University of Oxford; Professor Roger Jeffery, University of Edinburgh; Dr Carla Alferes Pinto, CHAM/Portuguese Centre for Global History; Professor Jim Tomlinson, University of Glasgow.