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Summer School


Environment and the British Empire

19th Summer School

19–22 July 2022

Venue: German Historical Institute London

The relationship between imperialism and colonialism and devastating, enduring changes in the global environment is now accepted. This summer school will focus on the British Empire, with particular emphasis on colonial India, to examine this relationship. How did colonial exploitation of natural resources and control of populations through political power and racial ideologies transform the environment?

Our experts, the eminent historians Professors David Arnold (Emeritus Professor, University of Warwick) and Neeladri Bhattacharya (Formerly Professor, JNU, New Delhi, currently Visiting Professor at Ashoka University, Sonepat. Visiting Fellow of the India Research Programme at the GHIL in summer 2022), will discuss key questions in the history of environment and empire with students in a lively and engaging atmosphere. While India and South Asia will be the focus of the summer school, examples will also be drawn from other parts of the British Empire, such as Africa and Southeast Asia. In addition to the classes, excursions in London will be organised as a part of the programme.

The summer school will take place at the German Historical Institute London on 19-22 July 2022. It is aimed at advanced BA or MA students of history, English or other related subjects at all German universities. An interest in the history of the British Empire and its colonies and/or environment history is desirable. The course is open to students from all German universities. There are 20 places in all.

The summer school is a part of the GHIL’s India Research Programme. The Course Convener is Dr Indra Sengupta, Head of the India Research Programme at the GHIL.

Please apply in writing by 4 April with the following documents:

  • A cover letter of 1-2 pages explaining why you wish to take part in the summer school;
  • A brief letter of recommendation from your supervisor;
  • A list of courses you have attended and exams you have taken

The GHIL will bear the cost of travel and accommodation.

Please send us your application as a single PDF file and by email only to:

Dr Indra Sengupta  

Summer School (PDF file)