The Kerala Council for Historical Research (KCHR) invites you to a Webinar on “Print Media and Endogenous Medicine: Imprinting Ayurveda in Twentieth-century Kerala” by Dr. K.P. Girija.
Date & Time: 18 August 2020 (Tuesday), 3:00pm IST.
Join the webinar using the following link via gmail or Meet app on 18 August 2020 from 2.45 PM onwards – https://meet.google.com/hta-nscd-vzh
The webinar will be recorded and you can watch the Live Stream at https://stream.meet.google.com/stream/16330292-f2f4-4340-a809-3b904e410de5
About the Speaker: Dr. K P Girija is presently an independent researcher. She was a fellow at the Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla during 2017-2019. Prior to joining IIAS, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, for a short period which she left to join at IIAS. She was
a fellowship holder from the Centre for the Study of Developing Society, New Delhi. She has published articles in journals including History and Sociology of South Asia, Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences and EPW. Her monograph titled Knowledge
and Subjects: Situating Ayurveda through Life Narratives of Practitioners by IIAS is forthcoming. Her research interests include politics and history of knowledge, endogenous health practices, ideas of education and knowledge, gender studies, development practice and body in knowledge production.
About the Lecture: The paper unravels the nature of interaction amongst endogenous medical practices or nattuvaidyam as reflected through the emerging print media in the twentieth century Kerala. The first Malayalam vaidya magazine ‘Dhanwantari’, was published from British Malabar for a span of 23 years from 1903. Debates on endogenous medicine, health and social body were discussed in newspapers and magazines published during the same period from other parts of Kerala, such as Vivekodayam, Malayala Manorama, Nasrani Deepika Yogakshemam, and Vaidyasaradhi. Print technology introduces new possibilities and enhances the reordering of the literate, neo-literate and non-literate practitioners. It also activates the refashioning of an Ayurveda as a separate and unique practice amongst diverse ayurvedas or nattuvaidyam. The print media has been viewed is one of the spaces for democratizing the interaction between hierarchically positioned practitioners. However, it also produces new hierarchies and strategic collaborations by appropriating the emerging meanings and symbols around knowledge, language and text.
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