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March Forum

9th March 2023 @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Cricket Country: Sport and the idea of India in the Age of Empire

Free
Front cover of Prashant Kidambi's book Cricket Country. This includes a photograph of the all Indian 1911 cricket team dressed in suits, stripey blazers and white trousers.
Front cover of Prashant Kidambi’s book.

About March’s Forum

Presented by Dr Prashant Kidambi

Prashant’s book Cricket Country is the untold story of how the idea of India was fashioned on the cricket pitch in the high noon of empire. Conceived by an unlikely coalition of imperial and Indian elites, it took twelve years and three failed attempts before an ‘Indian’ cricket team made its debut on the playing fields of imperial Britain in the blazing coronation summer of 1911. This is a capacious tale with an improbable cast of characters set against the backdrop of revolutionary protest and princely intrigue. Prashant talk will highlight key episodes in this extraordinary story.

There will be tea and coffee from 6pm and the talk will start at 6.15pm. The Forum will be held at the Leicester Adult Education College, 54 Belvoir Street.

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About the Presenter

Prashant Kidambi is associate professor of colonial urban history at the University of Leicester. After completing postgraduate degrees in history at the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a doctorate at the University of Oxford. Prashant’s research explores the interface between British imperialism and the history of modern South Asia. He is the author of The Making of an Indian Metropolis: Colonial Governance and Public Culture in Bombay, 1890-1920 and the lead editor of Bombay Before Mumbai: Essays in Honour of Jim Masselos.

About the Vaughan Open Research Forums

The forums are a series of talks, workshops and interactive sessions which are open to anyone who is curious and wants to find out more.

Themes for sessions relate to our core teaching topics, arts, humanities, social sciences and counselling, and also discuss adult education and co-operative issues.  The Forums usually take place on the second Thursday of the month.

How to register for this event

This is a free event but it would help us with catering if you register in advance.

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