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Amelia Bonea, Dr.


Amelia Bonea, Dr.

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About Amelia Bonea

Originally from Romania, Amelia Bonea studied in Japan for seven years on a Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho) scholarship. She received her B.A. and M.A. in Asian Area Studies from the University of Tokyo and has recently completed a Ph.D. in Modern History at the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", University of Heidelberg. Her doctoral dissertation examined global technologies of communication in relation to the newspaper press, focusing specifically on the ways in which electric telegraphy was incorporated into news reporting practices in nineteenth-century India.

Amelia's main field of research has been the modern history of South Asia, with a particular focus on the history of technology, science and medicine, media history and indentured labour migration in the British Empire.  Since December 2012, Amelia is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine, University of Oxford. Her current project examines health concerns associated with technologies of communication in urban South Asia. Amelia is also active as a translator of Japanese scholarship into English.


Selected publications

Articles and Book Chapters

In press. "'All the News that's Fit to Print'? Reuters' Telegraphic News Service in Colonial India." In Global Communication Electric: Telegraphy in a Globalizing World, eds. Michaela Hampf and Simone Mueller-Pohl. Frankfurt: Campus Verlag (forthcoming 2013).

2013. "Discourses of Labour, Religion and Race in the Australasian Methodist Missionary Review: The 'Indian Coolie Mission' in Fiji." In Missions and Media: The Politics of Missionary Periodicals in the Long Nineteenth Century, eds. Felicity Jensz and Hanna Acke, pp. 169-86. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag.

2010. "The Medium and Its Message: Reporting the Austro-Prussian War in the Times of India." Historical Social Research 35 (1): 167-187.


Chapter 3 of Kindai Nihon no "shugei" to jenda ["Handicrafts" and Gender in Modern Japan] by Akiko Yamasaki, Seori Shobo, 2005. Journal of Modern Craft vol. 5, no. 3 (2012): 259-274. 


2012. Review of Satoshi Mizutani, The Meaning of White: Race, Class  and the 'Domiciled Community' in British India, 1858-1930. Reviews in History (review no. 1317).

2012. Review of Ursula Rao, News as Culture: Journalistic Practices and the Remaking of Indian Leadership Traditions. Jhistory, H-Net Reviews.

2012. Review of Peter O'Connor, The English-language Press Networks of East Asia, 1918-1945. Comparativ - Zeitschrift fuer Globalgeschichte und Vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung 22: 92-94.