Olivia Mitchell


  • Postgraduate Researcher

Olivia joined Loughborough University in October 2017, having previously obtained a BA hons in History of Art at the University of Warwick in 2015 and an MA in History from the University of Manchester in 2017.

Olivia's main area of study is on the representation of the Indian Rebellion of 1857 in the press, theatre and visual culture of Britain and the Anglophone world. With a background in art history, a key aspect of this project is in the cultural circulation of imagery and their meaning. Olivia's thesis is funded by Melodee Beals' AHRC grant focusing on transoceanic exchanges, and developing on the use of digital methods for historical research which Olivia will be using to develop the digital analysis of visual media in tracing patterns in the depiction of Indian people and colonial stereotypes.

  • Did Theatre legitimise the Raj? The case of the Delhi Durbars and the myth of Indian control. Presented at “The London Stage in the 19th Century World” Conference, New College, Oxford, 6th April 2018
  • From Savages to Subjects: The Development of the Depiction of Indian races. Presented at BAVS conference, Exeter, 30th August 2018