2022 marks the 100th anniversary of Margaret Sanger’s first visit to China. Her visit prompted public discussions of birth control in the service of improving China’s population that continue toContinue reading “Seminar: 100 Years of China’s Population Strategies”
The Laureate Centre for History and Population is excited to invite applications for two (2) PhD scholarships in population history. The successful candidates will join the Laureate research team, underContinue reading “Opportunity: PhD Scholarships in Population History”
QandA with Chi Chi Huang and Emma Thomas, 12 October 2021 Chi Chi Huang is an environmental and medical humanities historian of the British Empire in the nineteenth and earlyContinue reading “What We’re Reading – Visual Fragments: Hong Kong in British Culture, 1841-1941”
Jarrod Hore and Chi Chi Huang, 28 September 2021. ‘Settlers in earthquake country’ examines how two slightly different colonial societies responded to seismic instability throughout the late nineteenth century. Focusing on two earthquakes in Aotearoa New Zealand and two in California, I align the temporality of natural disaster with an economic temporality of settler colonial boom and bust. In contrast to more recent disasters, such as the 2011 Christchurch earthquake, settlers in earlier times often confronted seismic instability with optimism and enthusiasm. Despite some dissenting voices, most settlers were quick to resume their speculation on colonial markets in both Wellington in 1855 after the huge Wairarapa earthquake and in San Francisco after the 1868 Hayward quake. Shifts in the faults underlying Wellington and San Francisco could produce opportunities to reclaim land, improve infrastructure, and reiterate settler control.
Aprajita Sarcar, 8 September 2021. The image you see was first published in April 1968. It appeared in a newsletter published by the Department of Family Planning, India. The department no longer exists and the newsletter died shortly after 1977. The image, along with the newsletter become artifacts of a nation, which was in the second decade of its independent existence. It also showcases a unique campaign advocating family planning.
Last month, the Laureate Centre Reading Group read the work of Aprajita Sarcar, a New Delhi–based scholar of population history in post-independence India. She is in the process of converting her doctoral research into her first monograph and she shared two samples of her work with us: a chapter from her recently-completed PhD and the introduction to her book-in-the-making.