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The Centre for Nineteenth Century Studies is delighted to host this year’s Durham Residential Library fellows as part of the 'Catholicism in the Long Nineteenth Century' lunchtime seminar series at the IAS Seminar Room, Cosins Hall, Palace Green. Join us for our sixth seminar with Debolina Dey on 25 June at 1pm and download the full programme to see what's coming next.

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25 June, Debolina Dey, Azim Premji University, Bhopal

25 June, Debolina Dey, Azim Premji University, Bhopal

Diffusion of Useful Knowledge: Domesticating Public Health, Communicating Scientificity

Against the chequered backdrop of the Public Health movement in mid 19th century Britain, this paper primarily examines the domestication of sanitary knowledge through tracts published by the Ladies Sanitary Association and the ways in which the “sanitary idea” post the legislation of the Public Health Act is disseminated to labouring class populations. It looks at how the middle class woman becomes a charitable figure who comes to play a significant role in the propagation of sanitary knowledge, while the labouring class woman becomes the main site of reform for this nexus between hygiene and morality. In doing so, this paper examines the form of the pamphlets, written mainly to be disseminated in domestic spaces of the labouring poor, through which a new commonsense about health emerges.