Going Global: Eighteenth-Century Studies

Going Global: Eighteenth-Century Studies

Professor Seema Alavi with Dr Sanchez Espinosa, Director of CECS (L), Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Tony Gallagher, and Dr Satish Kumar, School of Geography, Archaeology and Palaeoecology

The Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies (CECS) recently held a major international symposium which examined links between India and Europe.

Entitled New Global Connections: India and Europe in the Long Eighteenth Century, the symposium was organised in association with the Queen’s India Initiative, forming a part of the long-running India Lecture Series at Queen’s.

The symposium drew attention to new connections forged between Europe and India during the eighteenth century when people, goods and ideas flowed between east and west, stimulating trade, empire, and artistic expression.

Professor Seema Alavi of Delhi University gave the opening address of the symposium.  Entitled Mughal Decline and the Emergence of New Global Connections, the lecture questioned the myth of ‘Mughal decline’ and provided a revisionist history of the Mughal empire stressing its vibrancy and growth during this period.

The symposium attracted leading scholars of the period from India, the US, Denmark and the UK to offer papers on British, French, Danish and other European involvements in India during the period. The prestigious Voltaire Foundation in Oxford has expressed interest in publishing a volume of essays from the symposium.

Reflecting on the success of the event, the Director of CECS, Dr Gabriel Sanchez Espinosa, said: “This symposium, drawing together interdisciplinary research expertise within the Humanities at Queen’s, has initiated an international conversation on the relations between India and the European world during the ‘long’ eighteenth century. The Indian-themed network of scholars that CECS is developing with colleagues in India, Europe and America contributes significantly to the internationalisation of our research base at Queen’s.”


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