Archives, Material Histories and Anxieties

At a recent conference on histories of material life in South Asia that I attended there were two excellent papers that touched on the physical creation of archives. The keynote lecture on pre-colonial records in Maharashta,┬ádelivered by Rosalind O’Hanlon, described the use of inscribed rocks and copper plates to document and preserve the rites held…

Remembering Empire in Bristol and Brussels

I was recently part of a small delegation of historians from the University of Bristol involved in a trip to the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Brussels. The purpose of the visit was to consider the ways that imperialism and its legacies have been approached in the museum, and the difficulties of publicly engaging…