Past Event

Nandini Bhattacharya - The Impossible Quest for an Indian Pharmacopeia

January 29, 2024
4:15 PM - 5:45 PM
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Knox Hall (Room 208), Columbia University, 606 West 122nd Street, New York

Event Description

This event will discuss the public cultures of medicine in colonial India. In late nineteenth century, laboratory-produced drugs competed with traditional remedies through side-by-side production of Western and Indian drugs by pharmaceutical companies. The emergent middle classes, the creation of a public sphere, and nationalist politics transformed the medical culture of modern India. Nandini Bhattacharya will demonstrate how disparate therapies were sustained through the tropes of purity or adulteration, potency or lack of it, and epistemic heritage through the struggle for an official Indian Pharmacopeia in colonial India.

Event Speaker

Nandini Bhattacharya, Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston

Event Information

Free and open to the public. No registration required. For more information, please visit the event webpage. Hosted by the South Asia Institute at Columbia University.