Zastoupil to Go on British Book Tour in January


Prof. Lynn Zastoupil, the J.J. McComb Professor of History, will travel to Great Britain in January to discuss his new book, Rammohun Roy and the Making of Victorian Britain.  The book analyzes how and why a colonial outsider, often known as “the father of modern India,” became a celebrity in British society in the early nineteenth century.
Zastoupil will launch the tour in London on January 7, 2011, with a talk at the venerable Royal Asiatic Society, where he recently became a fellow. Founded in 1823, the Society owes its original charter to King George IV, who started the society "for the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia." 

Zastoupil will then travel to Bristol, where he will deliver a public lecture as part of Bristol’s Festival of Ideas at historic Arnos Vale Cemetery, where Rammohun Roy’s tomb is located.  Venue, the arts and culture magazine for the Bristol region, will publish an interview with Zastoupil just ahead of his talk.
The tour concludes on January 17-18, when Zastoupil will lead a seminar for historians and graduate students at the University of the West of England (near Bristol) and give a presentation at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University.
Scholars have already hailed Zastoupil′s new book as a significant contribution to the intellectual and cultural history of nineteenth-century Britain, as well as to our understanding of the transnational flow of ideas.  He is also the author of John Stuart Mill and India and co-editor of J.S. Mill’s Encounter with India and The Great Indian Education Debate.