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“Cholera, British Seamen and Maritime Anxieties in Calcutta, c.1830s–1890s.”

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Dr. Manikarnika Dutta, a Research Associate in the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford, joins Dr. Julie Babin to discuss her research into the intersection of medical, colonial, and maritime history in nineteenth-century Calcutta. This research began with a doctoral thesis completed in 2019, but today we focus on the peer-reviewed paper, “Cholera, British seamen and maritime anxieties in Calcutta, c.1830s–1890s.”

Dr. Dutta holds an MA in Modern History from the University of Calcutta, as well as an MSc in the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. Her research examines the interplay of medicine, especially public health regimes, and race in colonial India. Her work has been awarded the Taniguchi Medal (2018) and the William Bynum Essay Prize (2021).


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Photo credit: Jacob Janssen, “Panoramic view of Kolkata (Calcutta from the Shaheed Minar (Octerlony Monument),” 1832, via Wikipedia Commons.

The Indian Ocean World Podcast is hosted by Dr. Philip Gooding and Dr. Julie Babin, produced by Sam Gleave Riemann, and published under the SSHRC-funded Partnership “Appraising Risk, Past and Present.”