Nandini Bhattacharya

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Lecturer in History

Profile

Profile

I specialize in history of medicine and colonial and global history. Before joining Dundee, I taught history of medicine at Yale University and urban and colonial History at Leicester University. I trained in history at postgraduate level at the Centre for Historical Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. I was then awarded the first Roy Porter Memorial Studentship, by the Wellcome trust for my PhD at the University College London.

I am a member of the Scottish Centre for Global History: http://globalhistory.org.uk/

Teaching

Teaching

I teach on the following undergraduate modules:

  • Political and Social History of Modern India (HY32002)
  • Colonialism, Science and Medicine in Modern India (HY40004)

Research

Research

I specialise in the histories of colonial medicine, science and urbanism. My first monograph, Contagion and Enclaves: Tropical Medicine in Colonial India, examined the interactions between tropical medicine, the colonial state, and colonial enclaves in India in 2012.

I am a member of the Scottish Centre for Global History: http://globalhistory.org.uk/

Present Project

A Coming of Age Story: History of the Indian Pharmaceutical Industry, 1905-1966. In 2011, I was awarded the Wellcome post-doctoral fellowship for my project on a history of the Indian pharmaceutical industry in the twentieth century. This project explores the institutionalisation, expansion and commercialisation of therapeutics in colonial and post-colonial India. It provides a political and economic background to the emergence of the pharmaceutical industry in colonial India, linking drugs production with economic nationalism and the quest for self-sufficiency among Indian nationalists, entrepreneurs, and Indian princely states. This will provide a fresh approach to the history of pharmaceutical industry by arguing that colonial industrialism as well as the interventions of the colonial state was crucial in developing this industry. My second book, provisionally titled The Making of the Drugs Trade in Modern India will interrogate colonial industrialism at the cusp of nationalism and global trade in twentieth century India.

Future Research Interests

The Industrial Nation: a history of the chemical industries in modern India

This is part of my broader project on the history of pharmaceutical industries in India. The part that I wish to particularly develop during my stay at the Foundation would be the convergences between chemical and drugs industries, a link that seems critical as several of the drugs manufacturing companies in India were also manufacturing industrial chemicals such as industrial alcohol and sulphuric acid. I would also explore the emergence of the profession of pharmacy at a time where there was a great rise of professional chemists in India. I would explore how training as chemists were important in the professionalization of pharmacists.

Labour Migration and Global health

This project will focus on the problematic of immigration, labour and medicine in the working lives of indentured labourers in the British Empire for this project, I will examine the working lives and social and cultural praxis of indentured labourers from South Asia in the plantation enclaves in south Africa. I intend to research the cultural and medical practices of emigrant population, the ways these changed at the sites where they emigrated.

Suggested areas for postgraduate supervision

I will be happy to supervise students on themes such as imperial and global history, history of medicine and labour history.

AHRC funded studentships are available in my research area - more details

Publications

Publications

Books

  • Contagion and Enclaves: Tropical Medicine in Colonial India, Postcolonial Studies series, Liverpool University Press, 2012

Journal Articles

  • The Logic of Location: Malaria Research in Colonial India, Darjeeling and Duars, 1900-1930, Medical History, 2011 April; 55(2): 183–202.
  • Leisure, Economy and Colonial Urbanism; Darjeeling, 1835-1940, Urban History, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0963926813000394 Published online: 12 April 2013.