Author Archives: Stephen Legg

About Stephen Legg

Stephen Legg is Professor of Historical Geography at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on the urban politics of interwar colonial India within the broader context of British imperialism and internationalism. This work has resulted in two monographs, entitled Spaces of Colonialism: Delhi's Urban Governmentalities (Oxford 2007) and Prostitution and the Ends of Empire: Scale, Governmentalities and Interwar India (Duke 2014). Between 2015 and 2020, he was principle investigator on the AHRC-funded grant “Conferencing the International: A Cultural and Historical Geography of the Origins of Internationalism (1919–1939),” from which this paper draws.

Imperial Internationalism: The Round Table Conference and the Making of India in London, 1930–1932

Abstract: The India Round Table Conference (London, 1930-32) is presented here as a site of imperial internationalism, at which radical anti-colonialism was subsumed within the liberal technology of the conference. First, the influence of the League of Nations on the conference is examined, through exploring its role as model, precedent, potential arbiter and training ground. Second the paper explores the influence of other (Pan-Islamic, labour and spiritual) forms of internationalism at the London conference. New theorisations of the international are brought to bear on significant Continue reading → Continue reading →