Harish Naraindas

Harish Naraindas is Associate Professor at the Centre for the study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Iowa and Joint-Appointments Professor at the South Asia Institute, University of Heidelberg. His research interests are in the sociology of science, medicine and disaster studies and has spanned a number of objects of enquiry: the emergence of tropical medicine as a discipline, the history of smallpox, an analysis of post-tsunami interventions in Sri Lanka and India, the study of alternative sciences such as Ayurveda and Naturopathy, a cross-cultural study of childbirth, medical tourism, and currently German therapeutic practices.


Publications include:

(2011) Korallen, Chipkarten, medizinischen Informationen und die Jungfrau Maria: Heilpraktiker in Deutschland und die Aneignung der Ayurveda Therapie. Zeitschrift für Ethnologie, 136: 93-114.

(2011) Of Relics, Body Parts and Laser Beams: The German Heilpraktiker and his Ayurvedic Spa. Anthropology and Medicine, 18, 1: 67-86.

(2006) Of Spineless Babies and Folic Acid: Evidence and Efficacy in Biomedicine and Ayurvedic Medicine. Social Science & Medicine, 62, 11: 2658-2669.

(2003) Crisis, charisma, and triage: extirpating the pox. Indian Economic and Social History Review, 40, 4: 425-457.

(2003) Preparing for the pox: a theory of smallpox in Bengal and Britain. Asian Journal of Social Sciences, 31, 2: 304-339.

(1996) Poisons, putrescence and the weather: a genealogy of the advent of tropical medicine. Contributions to Indian Sociology (n.s.), 30, 1: 1-35.