Globalisation and empire: global governance, colonial India and 1930s London

This lecture — presented by the School of Geography and School of Education in association with the Nottingham branch of the Geographical Association — will introduce debates about whether imperialism was the first phase of globalisation, and how empires and the League of Nations offered different models of global governance in the 1920-30s.

It will give specific examples from the Round Table Conference held in London during which Indian delegates came to the city to debate India’s future as a colony of the Empire. Through this it will explore the city they came to and their effect on it, dwelling on the place-making processes by which London hosted these visitors and functioned as an effective space of global connections.

The presentation will argue that studying the geographies of the past allows us to reflect in important ways on the geographies of the present.

The lecture will be given by Stephen Legg, Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on interwar India and the British Empire.

School teachers are encouraged to bring A level students. Refreshments will be available after the lecture.

This event is free, but you must book your place. (Teachers bringing a school group only need to register themselves and select the number of tickets required.)

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