Creating Colonial Legitimacy Through The Act of Clubbing: Britishness, Associational Life, and The Performance of Imperial Rule in Calcutta

Date / Time

February 5, 2019 - February 5, 2019

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dissertation Writing Group:

Manamee Guha, UIC History Department, will discuss a pre-circulated paper:

This paper will look to examine how an institution like the elite British gentleman’s club exercised enough political and social influence to sustain British colonial rule in India for more than 200 years. What were the ways and means in which Calcutta’s clubland came to symbolize the seat of British power in India, and how did this clubland adapt, transform or continue to act as the context of colonial rule kept changing in India?

Our spring 2019 presenter will be Manamee Guha. Bring your own lunch, and we will provide coffee and cookies. We will circulate electronic copies of the work at least one week before the session.  Participants should come prepared to share suggestions, ask questions, and discuss writing strategies in an inviting and informal session.

Register with Linda Vavra, associate director of the Institute for the Humanities, at, so that you can receive an electronic copy of the paper.

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