Learning from the History of Epidemics

  • Researchers:
  • Ali Qasmi
  • Ali Raza
  • Waqar Zaidi

Our project aims at curating a social history of the influenza epidemic in colonial India. The influenza outbreak towards the end of the first world war led to a massive loss of life worldwide. India was one of the worst affected regions of the world, yet there is little 'memory' of the epidemic in the contemporary political discourses and literature. By exploring archival materials, newspaper advertisements, and survey reports, we aim to understand the notions of diseases, body, and cure during the colonial period through an exploratory survey of approaches towards the influenza epidemic.