The third Professor John Caldwell Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor Christophe Z Guilmoto on the theme 'Cesarean deliveries in India: too many yet too few'. The lecture was held at JNU Convention Center, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi on 10th December 2018 on the occasion of the 16th Annual Conference of IASSH jointly organised with CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Prof Guilmoto is a senior fellow in Demography at the French Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD) based at CEPED in Paris and teaches at Université Paris Descartes.
Dr Rinku Sengupta of Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, New Delhi, chaired the session and was co-chaired by Prof S. Siva Raju, Deputy Director, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad. Dr Srinivas Goli (JNU) welcomed the gathering and Prof Siva Raju spoke about the contributions of Prof Caldwell to Demography as a discipline and also his research work on India. Prof T.V. Sekher, President of IASSH, introduced the guest speaker Prof Christophe Guilmoto to the audience.
From 1970 to 1988, the ANU Department of Demography was headed by John (Jack) Caldwell, widely regarded as one of the world’s leading demographers. Caldwell focussed the work of the Department more heavily on South and Southeast Asia, and on West Africa. Many students were trained from these areas of the world and many ANU demographers went out to these countries to participate in training and research. Caldwell was elected President of the IUSSP for the years 1994-1997 and was recipient of the prestigious United Nations Population Award in 2004.
Prof Caldwell encouraged and mentored many young scholars from India, and a good number of them received their PhDs from ANU under his able guidance. His anthropological demographic work on south India, particularly on marriage, fertility, and contraception received a lot of research attention. His students, colleagues, and friends approached IASSH to institute amemorial lecture in his honor. The first memorial lecture was held at Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics, Pune, on 24 September 2016.
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