NIAS Public Lecture: “The Chaos of Empire and the Spaces for Indian Science and Technology” by Dr. Jon Wilson, 1600 hrs, Lecture Hall, NIAS

Natonal Institute of Advanced Studies

Public Lecture

“The Chaos of Empire and the Spaces for Indian Science and Technology”


Dr. Jon Wilson

Department of History, King's College, London

17 January 2017, Tuesday, 1600 hrs, Lecture Hall, NIAS

Chairperson: Professor Sundar Sarukkai, NIAS


Jon Wilson draws from the argument of his recent book, India Conquered. Britain’s Raj and the Chaos of Empire to discuss the relationship between the British empire and the history of science and technology in India. Modern science has often been seen as an alien intrusion to the Indian subcontinent, as the product of the hyper-rational, structures of British imperial power. This common view presumes both that empire’s  reflected a monolithic post-enlightenment western culture of science, and that British power was stable and effective enough to impose it on India. The talk will challenge these views, arguing that the chaotic, passionate and limited character of imperial authority allowed science and technology to be deployed as part of criticisms of British power.

About the Speaker
Dr. Jon Wilson has taught South Asian history at King’s College London since 1999. He has degrees in history and anthropology from Oxford University and the New School for Social Research. His most recent book,India Conquered. Britain's Raj and the Chaos of Empire was published by Simon and Schuster in 2016. He is currently working on a global history of democratic government during the last 50 years.





For more info, please contact– Prof. Sundar Sarukkai:

Tuesday, January 17, 2017