Marconi Lecture by Medha Saxena: Imperial Wave: How Empire Shaped the Network of Wireless in South Asia at the Turn of the 20th Century
Speaker: Dr Medha Saxena
PLEASE NOTE Change of time: this lecture will now take place 1:00pm-2:00pm on Thursday 8 November at the Weston Library (not 5:15pm-6:15pm as previously advertised)
The presentation will explore the role of the Indian Telegraph Department, the British Post Office, and capital concerns like the Marconi International Marine Communication and Lloyds, exposing their mutual rivalries in attempting to create a viable wireless network. The Marconi archive at the Bodleian throws light on how the Marconi Company promoted itself in this region, and reveals how certain parts of India not directly under British control may have tried to modernize themselves along the lines of the colonial state.