This volume examines the various modalities of imperial engagements with the colonized peoples in the former British colonies of India and in sub-Saharan Africa. Articulated through race, gender and medicine, these modalities also became colonial sites of desire addressing colonial anxieties ensuing from concerted engagements. Focussing on colonial India, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Swaziland and Zimbabwe, this volume brings together essays from eminent scholars to examine the dynamics of colonial engagements and their implications in understanding their role in the dominant discourses of the empire. Given its transnational perspective in addressing colonial India and Sub-Saharan Africa, the book will appeal to historians, sociologists, and anthropologists, and to scholars and students in colonial studies, cultural studies, history of medicine and world history.
Poonam Bala is currently a Visiting Scholar in Sociology at Cleveland State University in Ohio, USA, and a Fellow in History at the University of South Africa, with recently held Visiting Professorships at the University of Crete, Greece, and Jawaharal Nehru University, India. She has published extensively on medicine, health and colonial history and comparative histories of medicine, and is the author of Imperialism and Medicine in Bengal: A Socio-Historical Perspective (1991), besides several other authored and edited works. Her most recent publication is Medicine and Colonialism: Historical Perspectives in India and South Africa (2016).