Migration, history of science and medicine, Persianate world
Marjan Wardaki is an intellectual historian of modern Middle East and South Asia, with research interests in the history of science and medicine, and the history of migration.
She completed her doctorate at the University of California, Los Angeles in European and South Asian history. Her article, titled “Rediscovering Afghan Fine Arts: The life of an Afghan student in Germany, Abdul Ghafur Brechna” was recently published in Modern Asian Studies. Works in progress include several articles on Indian vernacular medicine and the connected histories of the science of photography and technological innovations of the camera in India and Afghanistan.
Currently, she is working on her book manuscript, which traces the birth of scientific and medical institutions in South Asia through the lens of itinerant scientists and physicians.
At Yale, she is teaching a seminar on the History of Science, Knowledge, and Medicine. Students will have the opportunity to work on an object-centered assignment, which trains them in the skills needed to work with artifacts and images, as well as to think critically about how knowledge, instruments, and technologies are produced and circulated.