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8 Jan 2019

Loughborough academics to host Third Macauley lecture this week

Two lecturers from Loughborough University have organised the Third Macaulay lecture which takes place later this week.

Supported by the Centre for Research in Communication and Culture at Loughborough University and in partnership with Dr Maximilian Drephal from the University of Sheffield, Dr Robert Knight and Dr Rakesh Ankit are pleased to welcome guest speaker Javed Majeed for this year’s event.

Javed Majeed is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at King’s College London, and will present his lecture titled ‘Macauley and the question of the English language in India’.

The lecture will address Macaulay’s famous 1835 Minute on Education. Rather than seeing this as an expression of narrow-mindedness and power alone, Professor Majeed will consider the distinctive anxieties about colonial rule and the English language which underlie the Minute, as well as some of its contradictions.

He will also consider Macaulay’s other writings and ideas about nation, home, family and progress.

The lecture will conclude by exploring aspects of colonial English in India, and what this says about the British sense of identity in the country as well as their sense of their own language during the age of British global expansion.

The lecture takes place on Wednesday 9 January from 5pm-7pm at The Rothley Court in Leicester. The event is free to attend and no booking is required.