Lecture by Dr Emmanuel Francis

Dr Emmanuel Francis (EHESS-CNRS, Centre d’étude de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud, Paris), an historian who specialises on South India, will give a talk with the title “Ellis and the Legend of the Cowpox: a Pious Fraud in Early 19th century Madras or How to Convince Indians to Accept Jennerian Vaccination.”

BIULO MS.IND.4, collections of the BULAC, Paris.

Dr. Francis will discuss the form, language and content of the Āṟāmāvaraviḷakkam (“Light on the sixth great boon”), a Tamil text composed by Francis Whyte Ellis (1777–1819) at the beginning of the 19th century in order to lift the reluctance of local population against the smallpox vaccination.[1]

Friday 31st January, 5.00pm, room 7, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies.

1. For more information on the topic, click here.