Dr Alison Bashford
WARWICK NOMINATOR: DR SARAH HODGES, CENTRE FOR THE HISTORY OF MEDICINE/HISTORY DEPARTMENT
Currently Associate Professor of History at the University of Sydney, Dr Alison Bashford co-directs the Nation Empire Globe research cluster, and has co-convened the Medical Humanities program. From September 2009 she will be Harvard Chair of Australian Studies, based in the Department of History of Science, Harvard University.
Alison Bashford's research and publishing strengths are in medical history, and the history of science, with a sub-specialty in modern histories of gender and colonialism. This constellation of research interests intersects with Warwick University's strength in the history of medicine, and in 'biopolitics' as a theoretical and substantive idea widely utilised across the humanities, social sciences and increasingly life sciences.
Bashford's recent work has been on the history of world health, and the comparative historical study of medico-legal border control over the twentieth century. This research has placed microbes and their management in the growing history of globalisation, and disease in the history of international relations, bringing colonial, national and international histories together.
Her current scholarship integrates medical history, environmental history, and international history. Focusing on the world population problem in the twentieth century, Bashford's current study explores the connected history of biopolitics and geopolitics. For much of the century 'population' was considered by experts less as a health issue, than a geographic issue of land-use, migration, and 'empty' spaces of the globe.
By bringing Alison Bashford to Warwick through an IAS Visiting Fellowship, the University will be able to further its strategic goals of linking with international institutions in Australia. By coming to the university we will be able to strengthen and deepen strategic Arts and Social Studies links with antipodean colleagues. The timing of the proposed visit is particularly apt as it will be able to capitalise on and add to the momentum of the recently-announced Biopolitics Social Studies Faculty Forum.
Additionally, Bashford’s work fits squarely within the aims of the next bid, ‘Situating Medicine’, of the Centre for the History of Medicine. Bashford has already worked with a recent History PhD student, Katherine Foxhall, when Foxhall visited Sydney for research during the first half of 2007, as well as currently working with Dr Mathew Thomson (the Director for the Centre for the History of Medicine) and Dr Sarah Hodges as contributors to a large edited publication on eugenics.
Events planned during Professor Bashford's visit include:
Friday 1 May, 2-5pm. A three-paper workshop 'Waste / Excess'. More details >>
Wednesday 6 May, 2-5pm. 'Ideas and Academic Writing: The Road from Reflection to Research Project'. More details >>
Please see IAS Calendar.