Caroline Schep MA
Area(s) of interest: Asian History, Colonialism & Postcolonialism, History of Medicine
Cohort/Start PhD: 2023-2024
New medicines and ethics in colonial Southeast Asia
Overarching project: ERC Starting Grant COMET: Human Subject Research and Medical Ethics in Colonial Southeast Asia
Supervisors: Dr. Fenneke Sysling (promotores: Prof.dr. Marieke Bloembergen, prof.dr. Herman Paul)
Duration: 1 September 2023 – 31 August 2027
My research will focus on drug testing in late colonial Indonesia and Malaysia. How were new drugs employed and tested in the colonies? What place did these drugs have in the medical market of Southeast Asia, and how did the population react to them? Who was involved: army doctors, plantation hospitals, medical missionaries…? How did these practices differ from what happened in Europe? What ethical considerations were behind experiments? And perhaps most fundamentally: in what sense were they experiments?