Stephen Legg, "Round Table Conference Geographies: Constituting Colonial India in Interwar London" (Cambridge UP, 2022)


Stephen Legg's Round Table Conference Geographies: Constituting Colonial India in Interwar London (Cambridge UP, 2022) explores a major international conference in 1930s London which determined India's constitutional future in the British Empire. Pre-dating the decolonising conferences of the 1950s–60s, the Round Table Conference laid the blueprint for India's future federal constitution. Despite this the conference is unanimously read as a failure, for not having comprehensively reconciled the competing demands of liberal and Indian National Congress politicians, of Hindus and Muslims, and of British versus Princely India. 

This book argues that the conference's three sessions were vital sites of Indian and imperial politics that demand serious attention. It explores the spatial politics of the conference in terms of its imaginary geographies, infrastructures, host city, and how the conference was contested and represented. The book concludes by asking who gained through representing the conference as a failure and explores it, instead, as a teeming political, social and material space.

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Tusharika Deka is a PhD student in International Relations at the University of Nottingham. Currently, she serves as an Editor-at-large for E-International Relations and as the Social Media Editor for Commonwealth and Comparative Politics, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor and Francis. Previously she was the Assistant Editor for the Asia Dialogue, an online journal affiliated with the Asia Research Institute at the University of Nottingham. On Twitter: @Tusharika24.

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