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[Commlist] Kipling in the News Conference

Thu Feb 27 16:19:17 GMT 2020

Please may I draw your attention to the conference we are holding at City, University of London this April. As you will see from the programme some new and fascinating insights on news, propaganda, historical newspapers and the role of the writer and journalist in establishing a sense of ‘nation’. Hoping very much you will be able to attend.

Kipling in the News <>

Journalism, Empire, and Decolonisation

17 & 18 April 2020

B200, University Building

City, University of London

Rudyard Kipling's experience as a journalist and colonial correspondent honed his distinctive, concise prose style, and it is this pithiness that accounts for his enduring legacy in the twenty-first century as a writer often in support of – but occasionally critical of – first British and then US empires.

At a time when both pervasive  imperial nostalgia and movements to decolonise the university are dragging Kipling back into the news, this conference will explore the importance of journalism to Kipling's literary life and, in so doing, ask larger questions about the relationship between journalism, empire, and decolonisation. It will also invite reflections on the continued relevance of these questions in what has been characterised as our "post-truth" era.

Registration <> for the conference is £20 (staff/waged) or £10 (student/unwaged). The registration fee includes tea and coffee, lunch on both days, and two wine receptions. Please indicate in your registration whether you would like to attend the conference dinner at the Dame Alice Owen on the evening of Friday 17th April.

For more details and registration, please follow this link <>. Any queries should be directed to Dominic Davies ((dominic.davies /at/ <mailto:(dominic.davies /at/>) and Sarah Lonsdale ((sarah.lonsdale.1 /at/ <mailto:(sarah.lonsdale.1 /at/>). The full conference programme is included below.

*Conference Programme*

      Day 1, Friday 17 April

09.00-09.20 Registration

*09.20-09.30 Opening Remarks*

Mike Kipling

*09.30-11.00 Keynote 1*

Dr Chandrika Kaul

Introduced by Sarah Lonsdale

11.00-11.30 Tea & Coffee

*11.30-13.00 Panel 1: Journalism & Fiction*

Chair: Andrew Lycett

Madhu Grover, ‘Negotiating with Fiction: Border zones in Kipling’s Early Indian Narratives’

Élodie Raimbault, ‘“Tell it as a lie”: the Ambiguous Blend of Fiction and Journalism in Kipling’s /Many Inventions/’

Angela Eyre, ‘“Tods Amendment”, the Native-born Child, and Debates Over Tenancy Legislation’

13.00-14.00 Lunch

*14.00-15.30 Panel 2: Translating Kipling*

Chair: Howard Booth

Harish Trivedi, ‘Kipling and the Indian Vernacular Press: Countering /The Pioneer/’

Mohammad Saleem, ‘Shaking Off the Colonial Burden: Revisiting Resistance Literature in India during British Rule’

Monica Turci, ‘Rudyard Kipling in Antonio Gramsci’s Journalism’

15.30-16.00 Tea & Coffee

*16.00-17.30 Panel 3: Empires*

Chair: Dr Kaori Nagai

Vinita Dhondiyal Bhatnagar, ‘Opium, Empire and the Orient: Reading Kipling in the Context of Narcopolitics’

John Anders, ‘Kipling’s Early Travel Letters: Journalism and Imagination’

Jaine Chemmachery, ‘Neo-Victorian Kim and Kipling’s enduring presence’

17.30-18.00 Wine Reception

*18.00-19.00 Keynote 2*

Professor Elleke Boehmer, in Conversation with Dom Davies

19.30 Conference Dinner at Dame Alice Owen, St John Street

      Day 2, Saturday 18 April

*09.30-11.00 Keynote 3*

Professor Janet Montefiore

Introduced by Dominic Davies

11.00-11.30 Tea & Coffee

*11.30-13.30 Panel 4: Newspapers & their Owners*

Chair: Dr Sarah Lonsdale

Aaron Ackerley, ‘Rudyard Kipling, the Press Barons, and Visions of Empire’

George Simmers, ‘The Fun of Fake News: “The Village that Voted the Earth was Flat” and “Dayspring Mishandled”’

Howard Booth, ‘Rethinking Kipling’s First World War propaganda: the case of /France at War/’

John Radcliffe, ‘Kipling and Beaverbrook, a friendship lost’

13.30-14.30 Lunch

*14.30-16.00 Panel 5: Kipling’s Literary Legacy*

Chair: Dr Dominic Davies

Minna Vuohelainen, ‘Rudyard Kipling’s Imperial Gothic short fiction and the periodical press’

Jill Didur, ‘Reimaging Kipling: Mixing Fiction and Journalism in /The Kipling File/’

Sarah Lonsdale, ‘Feminist Parodies of Kipling’s Poetry’

Gary Enstone, ‘Living with Rudyard Kipling and his legacy in a 21^st Century World’

16.00-16.30 Tea & Coffee

*16.30-18.00 Keynote 4*

Professor Harry Ricketts

Introduced by Jan Montefiore

18.00 Closing Wine Reception

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