You are here

Dispersed Radiance: Caste, Gender, and Modern Science in India

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Where: MIT Room E51-159 • Memorial Drive & Wadsworth St • Tang Center • Cambridge

MIT-India & MIT-STS (Science Technology & Society) programs present a book talk Dispersed Radiance: Caste, Gender, and Modern Science in India by Abha Sur

Abha Sur teaches in the MIT Program in Women’s & Gender Studies in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

This book is a step toward writing a socially informed history of physics in India in the first half of the twentieth century. Through a series of micro histories of physics, Abha Sur analyzes the confluence of caste, nationalism, and gender in modern science in India , and unpacks the colonial context in which science was organized.

The bulk of the book examines the science and scientific practice of India ’s two preeminent physicists in the first half of the twentieth century, C.V. Raman and Meghnad Saha. Both were—in terms of their social station, political involvement, and cultural upbringing—diametric opposites. Raman came from an educated Tamil brahmin family steeped in classical art forms, and Saha from an uneducated rural family of modest means and underprivileged caste status in eastern Bengal .

public welcome, no rsvp required

Filed under: