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“To Girdle the World with an Iron Chain”: R.M Stephenson and the Imperial Railway Imagination | Erica Mukherjee

January 31, 2020 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The Triangle Global British History Seminar and the Global and Transnational Modern History Seminar are pleased to convene our next session, Friday, 31 January, 2020, 4-6pm at the National Humanities Center, West Conference Room. Our speaker will be:

Erica Mukherjee, Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor, UNC-CH, whose work is on South Asian and environmental history, in the era of British rule. Her paper is entitled: “‘To Girdle the World with an Iron Chain’: R.M Stephenson and the Imperial Railway Imagination.”

Mukherjee’s Stony Brook University dissertation, “Soil, Water, and Steam: A Hydraulic History of Imperial Bengal, 1793-1854,” explores the relationships among watery landscapes and steam-powered technology in imperial spaces. Erica was a 2015-16 Fulbright-Nehru Fellow in India and a Fulbright-Hays DDRA fellow in 2017. She has a M.S. in Global Affairs from NYU and B.A. in theatre from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Mukherjee’s pre-circulated paper is available from Morgan Wilson ( Please note: the paper cannot be reproduced or circulated without permission of the author.

This session is co-sponsored by the Center for European Studies, UNC-CH

TGBHS Rapporteurs: Katie Laird and Morgan Wilson, History, UNC-CH

Co-conveners: Philip Stern, History, Duke; Susan Pennybacker, History, UNC-CH; Julia Rudolph, History, NCSU; Brent Sirota, History, NCSU

TGTHS Rapporteur: Zardas Shukman Lee

Co-conveners: Cemil Aydin, History, UNC-CH; and, Susan Pennybacker, History, UNC-CH


January 31, 2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


National Humanities Center
7 T.W. Alexander Drive
Durham, NC 27709-2256 United States
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