Colonialism and its Aftermath

Conference | Empire Calling: Administering Colonial Spaces

16 - 18 January 2007, Osamania University, Hyderabad, India

CAIA recently held its first international conference at the Osamania University, Hyderabad. This interdisciplinary conference was jointly convened by the University of Tasmania's Centre for Colonialism and Its Aftermath, the School of English, Journalism and European Languages at the University of Tasmania; and the Department of English, Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Papers explored the roles of the men and women who administered the British Empire, particularly India. "Administering" involves many forms of activity-managing and organising; financing and accounting; monitoring and measuring; ordering and supplying; writing and implementing policy-across diverse domains of practice (the Civil Service, schools and universities, missions, domestic realms, justice systems, etc). Administrative arrangements involve complex cross-cultural relationships in colonial spaces, often through radically unequal and racially based power relations. Colonial administrations call into being the spaces under their control, and they do so through the accumulation and management of information and knowledge.

Conference Organisers:
Ralph Crane, Anna Johnston, C. Vijayasree
Local Secretary:
Y.L. Srinivas