Selective Inclusion: African & Asian Celebrities in London's Vanity Fair magazine

University of Roehampton, Online webinar

16:30 - 18:00

This webinar presents findings from a research project on 28 celebrities from India, Africa, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand and Malaysia who visited England between 1868 and 1914 and whose caricatures with accompanying information about them appeared in the weekly magazine, Vanity Fair, whose editor sought to influence the political and social elite.

It is a heritage project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and led by the South Asian Cinema Foundation (SACF), London. In the first half Dr Kusum Joshi will introduce the project in more detail, Lalit Joshi will show a short clip from a documentary he has prepared, and a number of the project volunteers will discuss the celebrity they have focussed on.

Prof. John Eade will discuss the famous, pioneering Indian cricketer, Ranjitsinghi, who played for Sussex and England and became the ruler of the princely state of Nawanagar in Gujarat, Western India. Prof. Lyn Innes, will also discuss her ancestor, Mansur Ali Khan, Nawab of Bengal, Bihar and Orissa in eastern India. The second half of the webinar will be open for Q&A and a general discussion.