South Asia’s Response to COVID-19

On June 25, 2020, the NATO Association of Canada was proud to host a moderated discussion with the NATO Association’s Editor-in-Chief Dr. Joseph McQuade and Dr. Aprajita Sarcar. Dr. Aprajita spoke about India and Pakistan’s response to COVID-19.

Dr. Aprajita Sarcar is a historian of medicine, public health, and birth control in postcolonial South Asia. During her doctoral studies at Queen’s University, Dr. Sarcar examined the urban history of families in modern India. Prior to her PhD, Dr. Sarcar completed an M. Phil in Social Medicine and Community Health and an MA in Political Studies, both in Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. Dr. Sarcar has experience as a journalist and her broader research interests include urbanity, gendered citizenships, and identities emerging in the cities of postcolonial South Asia.

Dr. Joseph McQuade is Editor-in-Chief at the NATO Association of Canada, where he runs the Centre for Disinformation Studies program. He is also a Postdoctoral Fellow in the University of Toronto’s Asian Institute at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy and a Managing Editor of the Journal of Indian Ocean World Studies. Dr. McQuade completed his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge as a Gates Scholar, with a dissertation that examined the origins of terrorism in colonial India from an international perspective. This research forms the basis of his first book, A Genealogy of Terrorism: Colonial Law and the Origins of an Idea (forthcoming from Cambridge University Press in November 2020). Dr. McQuade has also published widely in academic journals such as the Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History, the Journal of World History, and History Compass, and has commented on current affairs for national news broadcasters such as CBC and CTV.

Information on his forthcoming book can be found below here.

You can watch the full event here

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