Apurba Chatterjee


Thesis Title: Imaging Authority: A Study of the Visual Representations of the Early British Empire in Bengal (1750-1830)
Funded by: Faculty of Arts and Humanities Scholarship
Start Year: 2015

Email: achatterjee2@sheffield.ac.uk



Primary: Professor Phil Withington | Secondary: To follow


Research Topic

My thesis studies how art and its attendant politics enabled the creation and consolidation of early British rule in Bengal.


Academic Background

  • M.A. (Research) History, Uppsala University, Sweden, 2015
  • M.A. (Taught) History, University of Calcutta, India, 2012
  • B.A. (Hons.) History, Presidency College, India, 2010


Conference papers

  • Presented paper titled, “Picturing Monarchy: A Study of the Representation of Authority under George III of Britain through his Portraits and Caricatures” at SALT and HDR Conference “Pennies, places, and power. Displays of Power and Authority in Premodern and Early Modern times” at Uppsala University, April, 2015
  • Pesented master thesis project, “Imaging Royalty: A Study of the Manifestation of Authority under George III of Britain through his Portraits and Caricatures” at Master Research Workshop, organised by the research node in Early Modern Cultural History, Uppsala University, and Rijks Universiteit, Groningen, The Netherlands, April, 2015.
  • Presented paper titled “Pictures of Power: Envisaging early British Presence in Bengal”, at the Third Conference on Bengal Related Studies for Students and Young Scholars, held at Martin Luther University, Halle-Wittenberg, Germany, October, 2014.
  • Presented paper titled “Imaging the Authority: The Early British Presence in Bengal, 1756-1793” at the British Association of South Asian Studies Conference, London, April, 2014.
  • Participated in the international workshop titled “Materiality and Objects”, December, 2013 organized by the master research node in Early Modern Culrural History, Uppsala University in collaboration with Queen Mary, University of London, Uppsala University Art Collection, the Vasa Museum and the Nordic Museum.


Other information

Member of interdisciplinary research node, Early Modern Cultural History, Uppsala University.