News and Events
IN THE NEWS:
My research on caste and care in WWI was cited in this Independent article on the Agnipath scheme in India:
INVITED TALK: “Cosmopolitanism, Colonialism, and the Wartime Travels of Nurse Ida Smith,” Centre for Literary and Intermedial Crossings Seminar, Vrije Universiteit, Brussels, October 26, 2022.
INSIDE AND OUTSIDE NATIONAL BORDERS: WOMEN’S BODIES, WOMEN’S LIVES (Panel): National Women’s Study Association (NWSA), Minneapolis, MN, November 10–13, 2022.
INVITED TALK: “Game and bigger game”: The Settler Soldier, the Non-Human, and the First World War, Séminaire franco-britannique d’histoire, Sorbonne Université, November 17, 2022.
The Inaugural Dennis Showalter Memorial Lecture for an Emerging Scholar, March 3 2022
In-person and online
This flagship event of International Society for First World War Studies has been postponed twice in solidarity with UCU strikes. I will be delivering the inaugural lecture this year and it will be an annual event in memory of a remarkable scholar of First World War Studies.
The lecture will take place at Northumbria University in front of a live audience and will also simultaneously be livestreamed on YouTube. A recording will then be uploaded on the Society’s website. To register to listen in-person or watch online, follow the link: https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/about-us/news-events/events/2022/03/leverhulme-lecture-22/
Fungible Bodies: Policing Care for the Indian Serviceman in the First World War
While Indian soldiers were allowed to fight in the First World War, the colonial state produced copious paperwork, laying out the legislations that controlled and contained their movements, and regulated the dissemination of medical treatment in case of injury or sickness. Drawing on a range of theoretical and methodological frameworks, this lecture will close-read some of these policies to demonstrate how the necropolitical colonial state made the bodies of soldiers of colour available for injury, and formulated legislation that gave the coloniser the right to kill or maim, disseminate or refuse care. Ultimately, it will argue for a rereading of colonial policy as colonial knowledge formation, particularly in the context of the imperial First World War: the stratification of soldier-patients of colour as dispensable bodies excluded from access to adequate care resonates across the context of global warfare in 20th and 21st centuries.
LIFE-WRITING WORKSHOP: 5th May, 2021 (Workshop 2), Durham University and University of Leeds.
THE SECOND BATTLEFIELD: WRITING THE WOUNDED BODY AT WAR: 4th November, 2020 for Medical Humanities Research Seminar, University of Leeds.
DECOLONIAL MEDICAL HUMANITIES: CRITICAL HUMANITIES RESEARCH IN A TIME OF CRISIS (organiser): 26th June, 2020, University of Leeds (CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC)
LEGACIES: INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR FIRST WORLD WAR STUDIES CONFERENCE (co-organiser): 10–13 September, 2019, University of Leeds.
FIRST WORLD WAR: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE (co-organiser): 26–28 June, 2019, Craiglockhart, Edinburgh.
TROUBLESOME MODERNISMS, BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF MODERNIST STUDIES CONFERENCE: 20–22 June, 2019, London.
(POST)COLONIAL HEALTH: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE MEDICAL HUMANITIES: 20–21 June, 2019, University of Leeds.
AILING EMPIRES: 31 May, 2019, IASH, University of Edinburgh.