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Ailing Empires: Medicine, Science, and Imperialism

Posted on 10 June 2019

CGHH well-represented at May’s interdisciplinary symposium at the University of Edinburgh

On 31st May 2019, Dr Namrata Ganneri (a Commonwealth-Rutherford Fellow based at CGHH) and Mr Arnab Chakraborty (a Wellcome Trust-funded CGHH PhD student) took part in the ‘Ailing Empires: Medicine, Science, and Imperialism’ conference, held at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh. As part of this one-day symposium, contributions from a variety of disciplinary perspectives from across the humanities sought to explore the extent to which narratives of health, medicine and science are inextricably bound with experiences of empire and colonialism throughout the nineteenth and twentieth-centuries. Namrata’s paper, titled 'Investigating the ‘physical culture movement’ in colonial western India', was presented in the panel 'Visions and Imaginings' chaired by Sam Goodman. Arnab’s paper, ‘Healthcare in the Madras Presidency: Urban and rural contestations (1919-1935)’, featured as part of the ‘Spaces and Health’ parallel panel, chaired by Hannah-Louise Clark.

If you would like to find out more about Namrata and Arnab’s research please visit the CGHH 'about' pages.