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Examining popular representations of India’s national smallpox eradication campaign

Posted on 9 July 2019

CGHH represented at the 12th Annual Conference of the International Society for Cultural History by Namrata Ganneri

Dr Namrata Ravichandra Ganneri, a Commonwealth-Rutherford Fellow based at the Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) and the Department of History, recently participated in the 12th Annual Conference of the International Society for Cultural History (ISCH) on the theme 'Global Cultural History'. Organized by Tallinn University, Estonia, the conference was held 26-29 June 2019.

Namrata’s contribution, titled ‘“The biggest campaign against smallpox in India”: Examining popular representations of India’s national smallpox eradication campaign' featured in Panel 16 'Entangled histories of science and technology' , chaired by Dr Maarja Merivoo-Parro (Tallinn University) on 27 June. Namrata's paper, which explored the visual imagery of India's national smallpox eradication programme, launched in 1962, was based on her Commonwealth funded research taking place at CGHH. You can read more about this project on Namrata’s staff profile page.

The conference included five keynote speakers, with the inaugural keynote delivered by Professor Peter Burke, also the President of ISCH. There was also a round-table on the theme 'Beyond Cultural History? New Challenges and Perspectives' featuring many keynote speakers and chaired by Prof Marek Tamm, the conference organizer and local host from Tallinn University. The conference featured 53 panels in all, and two workshops, the first on publishing with ISCH and the second a writing cafe. The conference was attended by a 200 participants in all.