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April 15 @ 8:35 pm

Durham’s South Asia Group ‘Pedagogies of Dispossession’ Network invites you to ‘Controlling the Narrative’: art and early East India Company texts – seminar with guest speaker Dr Jennifer Howes (Art Historian, London)

Before founding its private army in South Asia in 1746, the East India Company was primarily a trading body. During this pre-military period, it published two booklets that shaped the way its early history was perceived. The first, located in the Durham Special Collections, is titled A True Relation of the Unjust, Cruell, and Barbarous Proceedings Against the English at Amboyna’ (1623). The other is titled A True and Genuine Narrative of the… Ship Sussex.. by John Dean (1740).

This talk examines these “true” narratives alongside some of the most overlooked primary sources on EIC history: oil paintings commissioned by the Company’s directors for display inside East India House.  These booklets and artworks alongside EIC records reveal how a multinational corporation augmented its reputation before a mercantile audience whilst masking alternative narratives.

To attend in person or online. Please contact nesouthasia.gmail.com



April 23
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Institute of Advanced Study, Cosin’s Hall, Seminar Room
Palace Green
Durham, County Durham DH1 3RL United Kingdom
+44 191 334 2589
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Dr Radha Kapuria

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