Episode 9: Medicine in British-Ruled India with Nav Athwal

Join Bridget, James, and Matt as we interview Nav Athwal, an outgoing Masters Student of World History at Northeastern University, who focuses on the history of Medicine in the British Empire. We will talk about his academic journey from medical school to business to historian and his current process of applying to PhD programs. We talk specifically about his latest research on imperial medicine in British-ruled India and passive resistance vs active resistance. Nav also gives his thoughts on subaltern history, We then commiserate about trying to get into PhD programs. Nav tells us what he thinks of David Arnold. He links world history and subaltern methodology and problematizing Indian nationalist history.

Books Discussed:

Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India by David Arnold

The Tropics and the Traveling Gaze: India, Landscape, and Science, 1800-1856 by David Arnold

Dominance Without Hegemony: History and Power in Colonial India by Ranajit Guha

Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference by Dipesh Chakrabarty

Modern India, 1885 – 1947 by Sumit Sarkar

Specters of Mother India: The Global Restructuring of an Empire
by Mrinalini Sinha

Ideologies of the Raj by Thomas R. Metcalf

Empire: How Britain Made the Modern World by Niall Ferguson

Brought to you by the Northeastern Graduate History Association
Sound editing: Beka Bryer
Produced: Dan Squizzero
Music by Kieran Legg



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