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Patrick Rasico

Patrick D. Rasico is a Ph.D. candidate studying the history of modern Britain and empire. Patrick’s research focuses upon the relationships between the processes of empire formation, the production of representations of India by Europeans, and how Britons collected and circulated South Asian artwork and artifacts in South Asia and in London during the latter part of the eighteenth century and early nineteenth century. His research explores larger questions of how the influx of greater quantities and varieties of Indian artworks and antiquities encouraged the creation of new museums, new ways of displaying and categorizing exotica, the formation of new fashionable social circles in eighteenth-century London, and new ways of defining Britishness. His MA thesis, “Auctions, Exotica, and Social Status: Categorizing and Perceiving South Asian Artwork and Antiquities in Eighteenth-Century Britain,” was honored with an award for best paper and presented in a public forum at the Annual History Graduate Student Association Paper Competition Conference at The Pennsylvania State University in 2012. Patrick presented a paper entitled “Daniells' Calcutta: Visions of Life, Death, and Nabobery in Late Eighteenth-Century British India” at the North American Conference on British Studies in 2015. At the 2017 Southern Conference on British Studies, Patrick presented a paper entitled “Intellectual Circles and Collecting South Asian Coins in Georgian Britain: The Indian Specie and Collecting Practices of Sarah Sophia Banks.” His advisor is Professor James A. Epstein.