[Special Lecture] Lloyd Edward Price (Cardiff University)
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), Humanities Korea Plus Project Team (HK +) at Institute of Indian Studies will host a special lecture by Lloyd Edward Price from Cardiff University on April 24th (Friday).
Lloyd Price is a historian that specialises in the environmental and animal histories of South Asia. For the past five years, he has taught courses on historical theory, South and East Asian history at Cardiff University. His special lecture will provide an introduction to the history of bulls in South Asia, using research from his forthcoming book, Bulls on Parade: Mating, masculinity and animal domestication in north India.
Topic : Cattle breeds, wandering bulls and the “vicious circle” of decline in early twentieth century north India
From the late nineteenth century, the Civil Veterinary Department in north India began to try and improve the health and productivity of working animals. They proposed that to stop the ongoing decline of agricultural society caused by disease and drought, the government should start to supply stud bulls to villages and towns from the Hissar cattle farm in the Punjab. As scholars have shown, the creation and development of animal breeds was a cultural and scientific cornerstone of imperial power in the colonies. However, these programs were often limited by ecological forces in the tropics, that forced colonial scientists to adapt their methods to the climates of Asia and Africa. This special lecture expands upon previous histories of colonial science by studying the tensions that emerged between the colonial government’s controlled stud bulls and north India’s populations of “Brahmani” bulls, animals that were let loose by Hindus in a funeral ritual to honour their ancestors. In doing so, this lecture demonstrates that the behaviours of animals were a fiercely contested point of debate amongst colonial officials and religious nationalists. Would animal behaviours help to develop a civilisation, or would they lead to a “vicious circle” of economic, environmental and cultural decline?
□ Date: April 24, 2020, 9:30am
□ Venue: Online(Webex)
Webex link will be released at on the day of the lecture.