Emotions and Science: Lecture by Saurabh Mishra

Saurabh Mishra delivered a lecture on ‘Emotions and Science: The Case of Ornithology in Colonial India’. It was chaired by Awadhendra Sharan. 

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This lecture explored the rich and complex history of birdwatching, and the associated science of ornithology, in colonial India. In doing this, it questions the distinction between ‘amateurs’ and ‘professionals’, noting that this binary, already under severe questioning by historians of science, was even less applicable in this particular context. It also probes the science of ornithology through the perspective of emotions, exploring how leisure past-times, family life, and scientific pursuits were connected with each other. It challenges the dichotomy between emotions and science that has been the mainstay of our understanding of institutional science.

Saurabh Mishra is Senior Lecturer in History at University of Sheffield. His research interests are wide ranging, including the history of science and medicine in the subcontinent, the nature of Islam in South Asia, the history of agrarian processes and structures, and the formation of colonial policies and ideologies. His publications include Beastly Encounters of the Raj: Livelihoods, Livestock and Veterinary Health in Colonial India, 1790-1920 (Manchester University Press, 2015) and Pilgrimage, Politics and Pestilence: The Haj from the Indian Subcontinent, 1860-1920 (OUP, 2011).  

Awadhendra Sharan is Director, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

Wednesday, 22 December 2021, 4 pm, Zoom https://bit.ly/3pyxyqG