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Subject: History of Science Seminar
From: Finn Aaserud <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Finn Aaserud <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 17 Nov 2009 16:32:24 +0100

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Dear all:

Herewith an invitation to what can be expected to be the Niels Bohr
Archive's last seminar this semester.  Rajesh Kochhar
( is visiting from India, and will also
give other lectures (
during his brief stay in Copenhagen.

All the best,
Finn Aaserud
Niels Bohr Archive
History of Science Seminar

Wed 9 December 2009, 14.15
Aud. A, Niels Bohr Institute
Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen

Rajesh Kochhar
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali

Colonial use of science and the native responses

It is an interesting coincidence that the first English East India Company
ship reached India the same year (1608) the telescope was invented in The
Netherlands. This brings home the important point that modern science and
technology has grown hand in hand with maritime trade, colonial expansion,
and domination over nature and fellow human beings. We address three issues:
i. How was (modern) science and technology used as a colonial tool?
ii. How was this tool sought to be legitimized in the eyes of the natives as
well as for home consumption?
iii. How did the natives respond? In particular, how have the Non-West’s
differential attitudes towards modern science and technology been fashioned
by the colonial experience? 
Finn Aaserud

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