In January 2013 we are launching another brand new series, “Print and Media Cultures.” This series will bring you friendly, non-critical overviews of recently defended, unpublished dissertations on the history, sociology and anthropology of print cultures and media technologies around the world. As always, the series will also feature reviews and guides for archives, libraries and collections. If you are interested in reviewing for the new series, having your dissertation reviewed, contributing a “Fresh from the Archives” or “Talking Shop” article, or helping out some other way, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Introducing Our New Field Editor
Amelia Bonea is a Junior Research Fellow in South Asian History at the Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia and Africa, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, and Associate Member of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” at Heidelberg University. Amelia received her PhD in Modern History (2012) from Heidelberg University, with a dissertation which investigated how the emergence of a global network of telegraphy during the nineteenth century shaped conceptions of news and news-reporting practices in colonial South Asia. The dissertation aimed to offer a balanced account of the social life of telegraphy and its intersections with journalism, by conceptualizing telegraphy not only as a revolutionary technology which had the potential to “conquer” time and space, but also as an efficient instrument of censorship in colonial India. Prior to her move to Heidelberg, Amelia spent seven years in Japan as a Japanese Government scholar, graduating with a BLA and an MA in Asian Area Studies from the University of Tokyo. Amelia’s main research interests and publications have examined the intersections of media, technology and science from a global and historical perspective. She is currently working on a book manuscript provisionally titled Global (Dis)Connections: Telegraphy and Journalism in India, c. 1850-1900, while also collecting material for a comparative study of telegraphic communication in nineteenth-century South and East Asia. Amelia is also active as a translator of Japanese scholarship into English. Her most recent translation, Chapter 3 of Akiko Yamasaki’s Kindai Nihon no “shugei” to jenda [“Handicrafts” and Gender in Modern Japan] is due to appear in the Journal of Modern Craft in November 2012.
Image: The Heidelberger Two-Color Printing Press System. Photograph by Jorge Royan, Wikimedia Commons.