Tom Shillam

Supervisor: Gerard McCann

Thesis

Thesis

Decolonisation and the cultural Cold War in South Asia, 1951-1967

Research

Research

I am interested in South Asian and global intellectual history in the mid-twentieth century.

Specifically, I look into how non-state actors – intellectuals, writers and artists as opposed to state delegates –networked across borders and institutions through the 1950s and 1960s to formulate different liberal and socialist political visions; how and where these entangled with macro-historical developments around the Cold War and Decolonisation; and how different technologies, communication channels and visa regimes shaped the ensuing conversations.

Methodologies which I integrate include biography, transnationalism, oral history and the history of emotions. Beyond this I am interested in contemporary politics, public history blogging, and globalisation.

Papers and Publications

Papers and Publications

Papers

‘The Congress for Cultural Freedom in South Asia’ York-Bielefeld-Lund Student PhD Conference, Bielefeld University, June 2019

‘Dialogue, Exclusion, Exchange’ White Rose South Asia Network Conference, University of York, May 2019

Articles

https://thelanguageofauthoritarianregimes.wordpress.com/2019/05/14/blog-round-up-march-april-2019/

https://thelanguageofauthoritarianregimes.wordpress.com/2019/02/27/blog-round-up-january-february-2019/

https://thelanguageofauthoritarianregimes.wordpress.com/2019/01/30/2526/

https://theconversation.com/gandhi-is-still-relevant-and-can-inspire-a-new-form-of-politics-today-106565

Contact details

Tom Shillam
PhD Student
Department of History
University of York
Heslington
York
YO10 5DD