Medical Humanities Colloquy 11.0

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Date and Time: September 12, 5pm IST

Title: ‘Vomiting blood’: Tuberculosis and Bengali Literature

Abstract: The lack of materials in historical archives often leads to unanswered questions. How do we get to understand the minds and attitudes of the people who lived in a particular period? In this context, the reliability of literature as a source has gained particular importance. The present talk attempts to go beyond the conventional archives with a particular focus on tubercular disease and discusses its impact on Bengali literature. This study also seeks to find the answer to exactly how the Bengali writers view this ‘silent killer’ as a new agent of death in colonial Bengal.


Dr Suvankar Dey is an Assistant Professor of History, at Sidho Kanho Birsha University, Purulia. He has done his Mphil and PhD at the Department of History, Jadavpur University. He has edited three books i. e. Bharater Samajik Itihas: Anurdhho Trisher Kalame (2017) and Bigyaner Itihas Bhabisyter Sandhan (2021), Health has a History: revisiting Bengal  (in the memory of Prof Subhasis Biswas and Srilata Chatterjee) by KP Bagchi (2022). He has published papers in more than 20 academic journals like the Indian Journal of History of Science, Quarterly Review of Historical Studies, and Journal of History etc. Presently he is working on a history of the interface between tuberculosis and imperialism in the global context.