37 minutes | Aug 26th 2020

Pandemics and Borders

Season 1, Episode 1 Pandemics & Borders Use headphones for immersive audio   We are policing ourselves and our neighbors these days… our governments are certainly tracking us! States are closing national borders. We stay at home waiting for permission to leave. We mull over the loss of civil liberties under the guise of the pandemic. And to understand these responses, we learn about a devastating  pandemic from the 1800s. In 1817, cholera broke out in Bengal and became a pandemic. Millions died. Europeans were ruling most of Asia, and they imposed restrictions on movement that’ve persisted to this day. Guests David Arnold Alison Bashford Pratik Chakrabarti Martin French Projit Mukharji Tarangini Sriraman Resources Transcript References Share Episode Twitter Facebook WhatsApp  Sign up for updates   EMAIL Bonus Episodes Chatroom 6: You’re being tracked – Pandemic capitalism Nov 18, 2020A public health vacuum left by governments over decades is being filled by tech companies, which have stepped up surveillance Chatroom 4: The water carriers of Calcutta, and other matters Oct 21, 2020Colonial cities lack proper water and sanitation — and sometimes employ water carriers. We speak to Pratik Chakrabarti Chatroom 2: When Plague Hit Bombay Sep 17, 2020An old draconian law from 1897, when plague hit Bombay, has been reinstated for Covid-19. Interview with historian Tarangini Sriraman Chatroom 1: Medicine at the Border Sep 2, 2020What should nations do, other than shut down borders, when a pandemic hits? We speak to historian Alison Bashford References About IHR. World Health Organization. https://www.who.int/ihr/about/en/. Published October 4, 2017. Accessed July 13, 2020. Arnold D. Colonizing the Body: State Medicine and Epidemic Disease in Nineteenth-Century India. Berkeley: University of California Press; 2002. Arnold D. The Indian Ocean as a disease zone, 1500–1950.†. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies. 1991;14(2):1-21. doi:10.1080/00856409108723152 Bynum W. F. (1993). Policing hearts of darkness: aspects of the international sanitary conferences. History and philosophy of the life sciences, 15(3), 421–434. Frerichs RR. John Snow and the Broad Street Pump: On the Trail of an Epidemic. https://www.ph.ucla.edu/epi/snow/snowcricketarticle.html. Published 2003. Accessed July 13, 2020. Harrison M. A Dreadful Scourge: Cholera in early nineteenth-century India. Modern Asian Studies. 2019;54(2):502-553. doi:10.1017/s0026749x17001032 Huber V. The Unification Of The Globe By Disease? The International Sanitary Conferences On Cholera, 1851–1894. The Historical Journal. 2006;49(2):453-476. doi:10.1017/s0018246x06005280 Low MC. Empire And The Hajj: Pilgrims, Plagues, And Pan-Islam Under British Surveillance, 1865–1908. International Journal of Middle East Studies. 2008;40(2). doi:10.1017/s0020743808080884 Mishra S. Pilgrimage, Politics, and Pestilence: the Haj from the Indian Subcontinent, 1860-1920. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2011. Mozur P, Zhong R, Krolik A. In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, With Red Flags. The New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/01/business/china-coronavirus-surveillance.html. Published March 2, 2020. Accessed July 13, 2020. Mukharji P. B. (2012). The “cholera cloud” in the nineteenth-century “British World”: history of an object-without-an-essence. Bulletin of the history of medicine, 86(3), 303–332. https://doi.org/10.1353/bhm.2012.0050 Prashad V. Native Dirt/Imperial Ordure: The Cholera of 1832 and the morbid resolutions of Modernity. Journal of Historical Sociology. 1994;7(3):243-260. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6443.1994.tb00065.x Prior K. The British administration of Hinduism in North India, 1780-1900. 1990. https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/241545. Accessed July 13, 2020. Sarkar, Natasha. Plague in Bombay: Response of Britain’s Indian subjects to colonial intervention. Proceedings of the Indian History Congress. 2001;62:442-49. www.jstor.org/stable/44155787. The Revolutionaries. https://cultural.maharashtra.gov.in/english/gazetteer/VOL-II/REVOLUTIONARY_I.pdf. Accessed July 13, 2020. Tytler R, Evans W. Observations on the Sickness Which Prevailed at Jessore, (Bengal), in the Months of Aug. and Sept. 1817. Medico-chirurgical journal : or, Quarterly register of medical and surgical science. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5606743/. Published October 1, 1818. Accessed July 13, 2020. Yuan S. Life after the Wuhan lockdown. The California Sunday Magazine. https://story.californiasunday.com/wuhan-after-lockdown. Published June 9, 2020. Accessed July 13, 2020.
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