The Newsletter 55 Winter 2010

Moving portraits and interactive voices from the British Raj

Annamaria Motrescu

The study of South Asian colonial amateur films and of oral history archives provides a particular insight into imperial identities that is not necessarily evident from other sources. The Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, has recently made available online 280 films and 300 interviews documenting lesser-known aspects of the British rule in South Asia (see The Centre’s online archives represent a timely and singular contribution to the current scholarship concerned with renewed negotiations of Britain’s imperial past and its relevance to today’s multicultural society.

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