Trivedi Presents Paper at American Historical Association
Associate Professor of History Lisa Trivedi attended the annual meeting of the American Historical Association in Chicago, Jan. 5-9. She completed her term as president of the Society for Advancing the History of South Asia (SAHSA) by organizing three panels for the conference and convening a business meeting of the organization she led.
In addition, Trivedi presented a paper "Bound By Cloth: maternal mortality in Bombay and Lancashire, 1920-1940" on a panel that addressed Infant and Maternal Mortality in Great Britain and India. The paper addressed the common assumptions of public health officials and social reformers in Great Britain and India about the causes of maternal mortality in an era in which industrial and military competition brought maternal and infant mortality to the foreground of public debate.
Trivedi found that despite the common assumptions of both groups in each country, the medical records of cases in Manchester and Bombay tell a shockingly different story. Women's major health risks were quite different in each city, a fact that was not lost on the medical community in each city. Physicians focused not only on shortcomings in their own medical practice, but also on the economic inequalities of industrial capitalism that produced poor nutrition among their patients.
During Trivedi's tenure as the President of SAHSA, the organization assumed its status officially as an affiliated association of the American Historical Association. Last year, SAHSA successfully raised the funds for the AHA's first ever prize for a monograph in South Asian history, the John F. Richards Prize. For the prize's inaugural year, Trivedi organized two panels that focused attention on innovative scholarship in Richards' field, Mughal history. These panels brought together scholars based in the US, the United Kingdom, and Germany. The panels also featured the comments of Prof. Muzzafar Alam, University of Chicago, know as the greatest living historian of the field. Trivedi also fostered a relationship with the Conference on Asian History (CAH). This year the two organizations sponsored a joint roundtable titled "The History of Mobility," as well as a social gathering of historians of South Asia, East Asia, and Southeast Asia.