Monarchy and Media, the second session of the Commonwealth History Conference Freedoms at Midnight: The Iconography of Independence with discussants Philip Murphy, Luke McKernan, Joanna Lewis and Chandrika Kaul.
This one-day conference comes appropriately in the sixtieth anniversary year of the establishment of India and Pakistan, and the fiftieth anniversary of independent Malaya and Ghana.
Chandrika Kaul is a lecturer in Modern British and Imperial History.
Modern Indian History 1857-1947 with particular emphasis on the political history of the 20th century; British History 19th - early 20thc; British media particularly British Press c.1850s-1950s and Contemporary British Media Propaganda studies 1880s - 1940s; Indian media both historical and contemporary perspectives.
Dr Kaul is on the Editorial Board of Media History.
Joanna Lewis is a lecturer in International History. Dr. Lewis's main fields of interests are Africa and Asia in the Imperial Age from 1800; Colonialism and Development in Eastern and Central Africa; from Empire to Commonwealth, 1815-1994 and Empire and Nation - politics and government in Britain, 1900 to the present.
Luke McKernan is Head of Information at the British Universities Film & Video Council. He is a noted authority on newsreels and editor of Yesterdayâ€™s News: The British Cinema Newsreel Reader.
Dr. Philip Murphy is the author of Party Politics and Decolonization: The Conservative Party and British Colonial Policy in Tropical Africa, 1951-64 (1995), and Alan Lennox-Boyd: A Biography (1999). He is also co-editor of Macmillan: Cabinet Papers 1957-63 on CD-ROM (1999).
He is currently editing the Central Africa volume in the British Documents on the End of Empire series. In addition to his work on the Conservative Party and British imperial policy, he maintains an interest in the politics of post-colonial Africa and the history of the British intelligence community. He has recently produced an article on intelligence operations in Central Africa from 1945-63.