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Amelia Bonea, Dr.

Amelia Bonea, Dr.


  • Research Fellow



Über Amelia Bonea

I was educated at the Universities of Tokyo and Heidelberg and worked for five years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford before returning to Heidelberg in spring 2018. I am a historian of South Asia and the British Empire, with an interest in media history, the history of science, technology and medicine as well as the history of interactions between India and Japan. I am also passionate about translation; the languages I work with are Japanese, English, Romanian and Hindi.

My research to date has focused on the ways in which new technologies of communication have been used in the field of journalism, the relationship between technology and health and the role of Indian and Japanese scientists in early radioactivity research. My first monograph, The News of Empire: Telegraphy, Journalism, and the Politics of Reporting in Colonial India, c. 1830-1900 (New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016), was awarded the 2017 AHA Eugenia M. Palmegiano Prize for the History of Journalism.

At the Cluster, I will be working on a new project about the making of paleobotany into a scientific discipline in India and the role of women therein. For more information on this project, please see

Ausgewählte Publikationen


  • 2016. The News of Empire: Telegraphy, Journalism, and the Politics of Reporting in Colonial India, c.1830-1900. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • (forth. 2019). Amelia Bonea, Melissa Dickson, Sally Shuttleworth, Jennifer Wallis. Anxious Times: Medicine and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh University Press. 

Articles in Refereed Journals

  • 2017. “Technological Anxieties: Telecom Towers and Public Health Controversies in Urban India”. Contemporary South Asia, 25, no. 2, 196-211.
  • 2014. “Telegraphy and Journalism in Colonial India, c.1830s-1900”. History Compass 12, 387-397.
  • 2013.  “19-seiki Indo ni okeru shimbun to gijutsu: Denshin wo jirei ni” [Newspapers and Technology in Nineteenth-Century India: The Case of the Telegraph]. Journal of the Japanese Association for South Asian Studies 25, 128-151. (In Japanese)
  • 2010. “The Medium and Its Message: Reporting the Austro-Prussian War in the Times of India”. Historical Social Research 35, 167-187.

Chapters in Edited Volumes and Articles in Encyclopaedias

  • (Forth.). "Radioactivity, Networks of Science, and Knowledge Making between Asia and Europe, c.1900-1920". In In-Between Empires: Trans-imperial History in a Global Age, ed. by Nadine Hee, Daniel Hedinger and Satoshi Mizutani. 
  • (Forth. 2018). “An Imperial Ideology of News: News Values and Reporting about Japan in Colonial India”. In Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, vol. 2: Expansion and Evolution, 1800-1900, ed. by David Finkelstein. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • 2016. “Imperial Posts and Telegraphs”. In Encyclopedia of Empire, ed. by John M. MacKenzie, pp. 1-6. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell.
  • 2013. “‘All the News That's Fit to Print?’ Reuter's Telegraphic News Service in Colonial India”. In Global Communication Electric: Business, News and Politics in the World of Telegraphy, ed. by M. Michaela Hampf and Simone Mueller-Pohl, pp. 223-245. Frankfurt am Main: Campus Verlag.
  • 2013. “The ‘Indian Coolie Mission’ in Fiji: Discourses of Labour, Religion and Race in the Australasian Methodist Missionary Review”. In Missions and Media: The Politics of Missionary Periodicals in the Long Nineteenth-Century, ed. by Felicity Jensz and Hanna Acke, pp. 169-186. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

Translations (Japanese-English)

  • 2012. Yamasaki, Akiko. “Handicrafts and Gender in Modern Japan”, trans. Amelia Bonea. Journal of Modern Craft 5, 259-274.