Bringing together early career and established scholars, the panel will explore new perspectives on the social history of medicine in colonial and post-colonial periods. Its focus is on marginal social groups, regional case studies, trans-national contexts and inter-disciplinary lenses.
This panel brings together early career scholars and established scholars to explore new perspectives on the social history of medicine. Confirmed papers showcase the variety of methodological approaches in this field. Their focus is on marginal social groups such as adivasis and women, how interactions between the colonial state and the colonized shaped medicine, the problems of health posed by urban centres and how wider social concerns such as ordering of gender relations, communalism, and extraction of labour figured in medical discourses. The panel will analyse the emergence of a legal framework and medical infrastructure to deal with the mental and physical health of colonial populations. The panel welcomes papers that move beyond the centrality of nation-states by focusing both on regional case studies and trans-national connections. Papers will cover the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, allowing greater consideration of post-colonial developments and the transnational movements of medical professionals and medical knowledge in both colonial and post-colonial eras. The panel will facilitate an interdisciplinary conversation by bringing together historians, social anthropologists and those working on health policy.