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Workshop 2015 / Glasgow


Second Cities of Empire:
Glasgow / Calcutta and the Legacy of the Scottish Enlightenment

All sessions and lunches take place in #4 Professor Square, University of Glasgow (enter by the Main Gate, University Avenue).

Seminar 15-16 May 2015

Friday, May 15

9:15 a.m. Welcome Nigel Leask, Regius Chair of English Language and Literature, University of Glasgow
Scope of the project Mary Ellis Gibson, Professor of English, University of Glasgow

9:30 Opening keynote addresses

Rosinka Chaudhuri, Professor, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata,
“The Scottish Enlightenment in Bengal, circa 1826”

Parimala Rao, Assistant Professor, History of Education, Zakir Husain Centre for Educational Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
“Scottish Educators in Nineteenth-Century India”

11:00 coffee

11:30 Workshop Roundtable #1 (15 minute presentations and discussion)

Kate Teltscher, Reader in English, University of Roehampton
“Botanical Networks: Bengal, Scotland and Kew”

Suchitra Choudhury, University of Glasgow,
“Literary Shawls: A Fashionable Proposition?”

Anne Buddle, Collections Advisor, National Galleries of Scotland
“Tipu Sultan: Edinburgh, Calcutta, and Glasgow”

1:15 Lunch

2:30 Visit to University Archives, 13 Thurso Street, Glasgow, G11 6PE, for the special exhibition, Glasgow / Calcutta: Scotland / Bengal in the Long Nineteenth Century. Featuring collection highlights from Glasgow University Library and University Archives.

3:45 Visit to Kelvingrove Museum for coffee. Tour of Kelvingrove park focusing on India in the Glasgow International Exhibitions with Rosemary Spooner, Art History, Glasgow University

6:30 Dinner for core participants Café Andaluz, Cresswell Lane. Auditors: dinner on your own.

Saturday, May 16

9:30 a.m.

Keynote addresses

Daniel White, Professor of English, University of Toronto
“’The East Easty’: Periodical Poetry and the Politics of Light Reading”

Bashabi Fraser, Professor and Director of the Tagore Institute, Edinburgh Napier University
“ Calcutta through the Colonial Lens: Scottish Writers in the Calcutta Review”

11 a.m. coffee

11:30 Roundtable #2

Roger Jeffery, Dean for India, University of Edinburgh
‘The ‘India-born’ in Scotland in the Late Nineteenth Century’

Chris Kelleher, University of Toronto
“Erring Spirits: Translation, Conversion, and Apocalypse in British Romantic Literature, 1785-1840”

Swapan Chakravorty, Professor of English, Jadavpur University, Kolkata
“Calcutta/Bengal: Perspectives from the History of the Book”

Lunch 1-2 Discussion: Future directions? forward planning for years 2-3

Roundtable #3
Maire Ni Fhlathuin, Associate Professor in English Literature, University of
“Ruins, Ruined Cities, and Visions of Dystopia in Nineteenth-century India”

Gioia Angeletti, Associate Professor in English Literature, University of Parma,
“‘Proto-global’ Literature from the Scottish Border to the Indian Subcontinent: John Leyden’s Enlightenment, Orientalism and Poetry from a Transcultural Perspective”

Mary Ellis Gibson, Professor of English, Glasgow University
“Poetry and Networks of Patronage: John Leyden Makes Important Friends in Calcutta”

3:30 Workshop for postgraduates and early career researchers led by Nigel Leask and Rosinka Chaudhuri
Participants: Suchitra Chaudhuri (Glasgow), Chris Kelleher (Toronto), Louise Creechan (Glasgow), Peter Slater (Glasgow), James Medley Morris (Glasgow), Rosemary Spooner (Glasgow), Nailini Paul (Glasgow), Kate Simpson (Edinburgh Napier), Caroline Lewis (Edinburgh)

Other participants may wish to visit the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery on Campus.

Dinner on your own.

List of other participants:

Dr. Sim Innes, Scottish and Gaelic, University of Glasgow
Dr. Christine Ferguson, English, University of Glasgow
Dr. Mungo Campbell, Director Hunterian Art Gallery, Univ. of Glasgow
Dr. Tapati Mukherjee, Director of Rabindra Bhavan, Santiniketan, Bengal
Dr. Henry J. Noltie, Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh
Hauke Wiebe, University of Edinburgh
Dr. Shormishtha Panja, University of Delhi
Dr. Christel Rashmi Devadawson, University of Delhi