Reproducing Empire, Birthing the Nation: Women's Health and Reproduction in Modern India: Context (HIH3017)

30 credits

In nineteenth and twentieth century India, reform of women’s health and reproduction became central to attempts to reform Indian society, culture, and economy. From debates about child marriage in British colonial India, to population control and commercial surrogacy in post-independence India, women’s bodies have been the object of legislation, medical intervention, experimentation, and commercial speculation. This module aims to introduce you to the sources documenting this history, exploring the documentation produced by colonial and postcolonial governments; missionaries, aid agencies and non-governmental organisations; feminist and other activist groups; and Indian women themselves. No knowledge of a foreign language is required.