In conversation with Nandini Das, winner of the British Academy Book Prize 2023

Mon 15 Jan 2024, 18:00 - 19:30

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The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St James, London, SW1Y 5AH & online

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Join us for this special celebration event in which Nandini Das, winner of the British Academy Book Prize 2023, discusses her experience of writing her prize-winning book Courting India: England, Mughal India and the Origins of Empire (Bloomsbury, 2023).

Courting India offers a fascinating history of Thomas Roe, the first British ambassador to the Mughal Empire, and his four years in India. This groundbreaking book provides an insider's view of Britain in the making, a country whose imperial seeds were just beginning to be sown. It is a story of palace intrigue and scandal, unfolding across the world stage as global trade stretched from Russia to Virginia, and from West Africa to the Spice Islands of Indonesia.

Nandini Das is Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture in the English faculty at the University of Oxford. Brought up in India, she was educated at the Jadavpur University in Kolkata, before moving to England for further study. Among other books, she is co-editor of The Cambridge History of Travel Writing. A BBC New Generation Thinker, she regularly presents television and radio programmes, including Tales of Tudor Travel: The Explorer's Handbook on BBC Four.

Chair: Professor Charles Tripp FBA, Professor Emeritus of Politics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London; Chair of the British Academy Book Prize panel of judges

Event Details

Registration 17:30-18:00
Nandini Das in conversation with Professor Charles Tripp FBA 18:00-18:50
Audience Q&A 18:50-19:30
Reception 19:30-21:00

This event is free, but booking is required.

This event will take place both in-person at the British Academy's home at 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, St James, London, SW1Y 5AH and will be live-streamed via Vimeo.

*The in-person event will be recorded and there will be photography.

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The British Academy Book Prize

Awarded annually since 2013, the British Academy’s £25,000 non-fiction book prize recognises work that searches for truth and reason in difficult places, and shines a light on the connections and divisions that shape cultural identity worldwide.

To mark the opening of submissions for 2024 British Academy Book Prize (15 January to 29 February), this event will be followed by a drinks reception at the British Academy with the opportunity to discuss a prospective submission with the Book Prize team and judges.

Landscape image of Nandini Das's book 'Courting India' propped up on a glass table

Courting India, winner of the British Academy Book Prize 2023

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