Wellcome Unit Seminars, Monday 3rd November

Michaelmas Term 2014 Seminar Series
‘Disease, Health, and Medicine since 1800’
Convener: Professor Mark Harrison, University of Oxford

Week 4 – 3 November

At: The Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine
Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford

Coffee is available from 2.00pm – Seminars begin at 2.15pm prompt

Saurabh Mishra, University of Sheffield

‘The Coolie’s long journey: Disease and mortality on ships carrying indentured labourers, 1834-1920’

Saurabh Mishra joined the History Department at the University of Sheffield in September 2012. He read history at Delhi University, at Jawaharlal Nehru University (Delhi), and completed his Ph.D. at University of Oxford (2008). He subsequently held a Wellcome Trust Research Fellowship at the University of Oxford for a project on disease, famines and livestock in colonial North India. Saurabh-Mishra

Dr Mishra is currently working on his second manuscript, titled Beastly Encounters of the Raj: Livelihoods, Livestock and Veterinary Health in India, 1790-1920. This monograph is the direct outcome of his post-doctoral project and examines various issues such as the nature of the colonial public health administration, the impact of famines on the livestock economy, the formation of caste identities (especially of tanners and leatherworkers), the politics of consumption of dairy products, and the organisation of the colonial cavalry.

Dr Mishra’s interests lie in exploring a wide range of themes connected with the social history of colonial and post-colonial South Asia. More specifically, his focus areas till now have included the following: the history of science and medicine in the subcontinent, the nature of Islam in South Asia, the history of agrarian processes and structures, and the formation of colonial policies and ideologies.

Selected Publications

Beastly Encounters of the Raj: Livelihoods, Livestock and Veterinary Health in India, 1790-1920 (In press, Manchester University Press)

Pilgrimage, Politics and Pestilence: The Haj from the Indian Subcontinent, 1860-1920, (Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2011)