A collection of my academic and non-academic writings, some of which are available in an open-access format.


Bonea, Amelia, Melissa Dickson, Sally Shuttleworth, and Jennifer Wallis. Anxious Times: Medicine and Modernity in Nineteenth-Century Britain. Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh University Press, 2019.

You can read reviews of this book here, here, here, here and here.

Bonea, Amelia. The News of Empire: Telegraphy, Journalism, and the Politics of Reporting in Colonial India, c. 1830-1900. New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016. Awarded the 2017 AHA Eugenia M. Palmegiano Prize in the History of Journalism.

You can read the Eugenia M. Palmegiano Prize citation for this book in Perspectives on History (December 2017). Or you can take a look at some of the reviews here, here, here and here.

Articles, book chapters and essays

Bonea, Amelia. ‘Introduction.’ In Vaibhav Singh, ed., Drafts of History: The World in Newspapers on a Single Day, pp. 13-30. London: Contextual Alternate, 2023.

Stimpson, Christopher M., Advait M. Jukar, Amelia Bonea, Susan Newell &
Eliza Howlett. ‘A “large and valuable” Siwalik fossil collection in the archives of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.’ Historical Biology, DOI: 10.1080/08912963.2022.2070017. Available OA: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/08912963.2022.2070017

Bonea, Amelia, ed. Print Journalism in India: Historical Perspectives and Contemporary Developments. FOCUS section of South Asia Chronicle, vol. 11 (2022). Available OA: https://www.iaaw.hu-berlin.de/de/region/suedasien/publikationen/sachronik/sachronik

Bonea, Amelia. ‘“Contagion by Telephone”: Print Media and Knowledge about Infectious Diseases in Britain, 1880s-1914.’ Technology and Culture, vol. 62, no. 3 (2021): 1063-1086. Awarded the 2022 SHOT Mercurians Prize in the History of Communication Technologies.

Bonea, Amelia. ‘”This cable… was not in my words”: Gandhi, the Telegraph and Political Communication in the British Empire.’ In Chandrika Kaul (ed.), M. K. Gandhi, Media, Politics and Society: New Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.

Bonea, Amelia. ‘Telegraphie und das globale Nachrichtennetzwerk.’ In Raphael Gross, Melanie Lyon and Harald Welzer (eds.), Von Luther zu Twitter: Medien und politische Öffentlichtkeit, pp. 127-144. Frankfurt am Main: Stiftung Deutsches Historisches Museum and S. Fischer Verlag, 2020.

Bonea, Amelia. ‘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, 2020.

Bonea, Amelia. ‘Technological Anxieties: Telecom Towers and Public Health Controversies in Urban India’. Contemporary South Asia, 25 (2017), no. 2, 196-211.

Bonea, Amelia. ‘Imperial Posts and Telegraphs’. In Encyclopedia of Empire, ed. by John M. MacKenzie, pp. 1-6. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2016.

Bonea, Amelia. ‘Telegraphy and Journalism in Colonial India, c. 1830s-1900s’. History Compass 12 (2014), no. 5, 387-397.

Bonea, Amelia. ‘“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.

Bonea, Amelia. ‘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, 2013.

Bonea, Amelia. ‘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 (2013): 128-151. (In Japanese, open-access)

Bonea, Amelia. ‘The Medium and Its Message: Reporting the Austro-Prussian War in the Times of India’. Historical Social Research 35 (2010), no. 1, 167-187. (Open-access)

Published translations

Yamasaki, Akiko. ‘Handicrafts and Gender in Modern Japan’, trans. Amelia Bonea. Journal of Modern Craft 5 (2012), 259-274.

Children’s books

Bonea, Amelia. The Magic Mango. Pratham Books’ StoryWeaver, 2018. (Open-access, available in Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Bengali, French, Hindi, Kannada, Marathi, Kora, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish and Tamil)

Book reviews

2020. Review of Alison Bashford and Claire Hooker (eds.), Contagion: Historical and Cultural Studies. Corona-Lektüre, H-Soz-Kult, May.

2020. Review of Torsten Kathke, Wires That Bind: Nation, Region, and Technology in the Southwestern United States, 1854–1920. Technikgeschichte, 87 (2): 12-13.

2020. Review of Aparajita Mukhopadhyay, Imperial Technology and ‘Native’ Agency. A Social History of Railways in Colonial India, 1850–1920. H-Soz-Kult, March.

2018. Review of Aparajith Ramnath, The Birth of an Indian Profession: Engineers, Industry and the State, 1900-47. H-Soz-Kult, November.

2018. Review of Elleke Boehmer, Indian Arrivals, 1870-1915: Networks of the British Empire. H-Soz-Kult, May.

2015. Review of Nitin Sinha, Communication and Colonialism in Eastern India. Bihar, 1760s–1880s. H-Soz-Kult, August.

2015. Review of Michael S. Dodson and Brian A. Hatcher (eds.), Trans-colonial Modernities in South Asia. Middle Ground Journal 11, Fall.

2015. Review of Smritikumar Sarkar, Technology and Rural Change in Eastern India, 1830-1980. Reviews in History, April, Review No. 1760.

2015. Review of Nandini Bhattacharya, Contagion and Enclaves: Tropical Medicine in Colonial India. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 70: 1, 144-146.

2013. Review of Joel H. Wiener, The Americanization of the British Press, 1830s-1914: Speed in the Age of Transatlantic Journalism. H-Soz-Kult, April.

2012. Review of Biswamoy Pati and Mark Harrison (eds.), The Social History of Health and Medicine in Colonial India. Journal of International and Global Studies, 4: 1, 120-122.

2012. Review of Peter O’Connor, The English-Language Press Networks of East Asia, 1918-1945. Comparativ: Zeitschrift für Globalgeschichte und vergleichende Gesellschaftsforschung, 3, 92-94.

2012. Review of Satoshi Mizutani, The Meaning of White: Race, Class, and the ‘Domiciled Community’ in British India 1858-1930. Reviews in History, September, Review No. 1317.

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

Other media

• Blog post, ‘In praise of translation… and translators’, StoryWeaver blog, 29 September 2018.

• Guest post, ‘Perhaps the Ear Is the Organ of Storytelling, Not the Mouth’, StoryWeaver blog, 20 February 2017.

• Blog post, ‘Electric Stair-Climbers and Mobility in the Nineteenth Century’, ‘Diseases of Modern Life’ blog, 15 April 2016.

• Blog post, ‘“Koch’s Lymph”: A Story by I. T. Mera’, ‘Diseases of Modern Life’ blog, 10 February 2016.

•Blog post, ‘An Early Episode in the History of Electrotherapy in Japan’, ‘Diseases of Modern Life’ blog, 24 February 2015.

• Blog post, ‘Telegraphs, Electromagnetic Polkas and the Vienna New Year’s Day Concert’, ‘Diseases of Modern Life’ blog, 9 January 2015.

• Guest post, ‘Print and Media Cultures Dissertation Reviews’, Book History and Print Culture Network, 30 January 2014.

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