The Dr. Martin A. Entin Lecture in the History of Medicine

Thursday March 28th at 5 PM- Lobby, 3647 Peel St. 

Sunil Amrith

Sunil Amrith is Mehra Family Professor of South Asian Studies and Professor of History at Harvard University. He is the author of four books, including Crossing the Bay of Bengal: The Furies of Nature and the Fortunes of Migrants (2013), and Unruly Waters: How Rains, Rivers, Coasts, and Seas Have Shaped Asia’s History (2018). He is a 2017 MacArthur Fellow, and recipient of the 2016 Infosys Prize in Humanities.

Migration, Inequality and Health: A View from the Indian Ocean


Many of the current crises of migration around South and Southeast Asia are also crises of health. Beginning with the age of mass migration in the late nineteenth century, this lecture traces the ways in which human mobility has shaped health in the Bay of Bengal region. The vast human movement of the nineteenth century altered permanently the landscape, the ecology and the disease environment of the region. It was also in this era that the political regulation of migration began to be formulated, through a period when ideas about citizenship, entitlement, and inequality were in ferment. The lecture will examine the long-term consequences of migration for health inequality in South and Southeast Asia.



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