Summer Update from Arnab Chakraborty

Posted on 21 June 2019

A report on a busy term for CGHH PhD student Arnab Chakraborty

The summer is always a busy term for conference and workshop attendance, and for CGHH it’s been no different! Below we’re delighted to provide an update on what Arnab Chakraborty, a final year Wellcome Trust-funded PhD student, has been involved in the last few months.

In April, Arnab took part in the British Association of South Asian Studies (BASAS) conference which was held at the Durham University. Arnab presented a paper titled, ‘Reevaluating medical services in colonial India: the subordinate perspectives in Madras’, exploring one of the core arguments in his thesis.

In May, he was involved in organising a postgraduate conference ‘South Asia: Exclusion, Dialogue, Exchange’, at York, funded by White Rose College of Arts and Humanities, a consortium of the University of York, Leeds and Sheffield. Apart from the academic panels, this conference also featured a separate session by academic partners including the Wellcome Collection, South Asia Archive and Adam Matthew Digital Collection, and ended with a roundtable talk on post-PhD careers.

Last week, Arnab was in Shanghai to participate in the Alcohol and Drugs in History Society conference. It was the first time that this conference was held in Asia. He presented a paper, ‘Intoxicated Empire: Tracing the decline of the Madras Army in connection to their inebriation in colonial India (1900-1914)’, which was well received at the conference. He was encouraged to submit the full paper for consideration at their journal. The ADHS conference was co-organised by David Musto Centre for Drug Policy Studies at the Shanghai University and CGHH is one of their outreach partners.

Arnab has also written a short summary piece on his thesis for The Polyphony, titled 'Collaboration and Competition: Medical Practitioners in Colonial South India', and 'Victoria Caste and Gosha Hospital in Shaping Women’s Healthcare in Colonial Madras' for the Women's History Network Blog.