Posted on 8 February 2017
The Department of History's Centre for Global Health Histories (CGHH) is delighted to announce that one of our PhD students Arnab Chakraborty has been awarded a grant from the Rockefeller Archive Center to aid his research at their facility.
The very competitive grant programme provides up to $4000 based on the quality of the application and the candidate’s project. The research grants are designed to foster, promote, and support research by serious scholars in the collections located at the Rockefeller Archive Center, which include the records of the Rockefeller Family, The Rockefeller University, The Rockefeller Foundation, and other philanthropies and associated individuals. Rockefeller Archives are a major repository for the personal papers of leaders of the philanthropic community, Nobel Prize laureates, and world-renowned investigators in science and medicine.
Arnab’s project examines the medical scenario of the Madras Presidency in colonial India. He considers the army recruitment policy and the social structure of the presidency from 1880-1930s to understand the prevalence of race, caste and religious conflicts and the ways in which colonial categorisations of Indians operated. Arnab’s research will also explain how and why the focus of western medicine shifted from the army towards civilian welfare. His research includes the medical services, focusing more on the subordinate medical service in Madras and the role played by them in spreading western medicine. The Rockefeller Archive Center will aid Arnab’s work immensely as they hold the records of the medical services and contain information on their role in the Madras Presidency. They possess documents on rural and urban healthcare centres, which will help understand the changing nature of medicine from the urban to the rural population. Arnab’s intention is to examine such material, which will form a major part of his thesis. The Rockefeller Archives also contain a collection of inter war documents focusing on the health care work carried on in Madras, the southern part of colonial India which will be very beneficial for his research.
Everyone at CGHH offers warm congratulations to Arnab for his successful application for this prestigious grant, and hope to see many more successful grant applications for University of York candidates in future.