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Looking at Mughal(s)

Lately I have been thinking about narrativizing visual language of Mughal art. Which is a weird way of saying I want to talk about Mughal art telling stories. Which is even more of a weird way of saying I am beginning to see a future article in which I, a historian of text, looks. Looking [...]

XQs II: A Conversation with Kavita Datla

A regular series on CM, XQs (Ten Questions), is a conversation with the author of new and exciting works in South Asian Studies. The aim is not to “review” but to contextualize, historicize and promote new scholarship – sepoy. Kavita S. Datla received her Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She is currently Associate Professor at Mount [...]

XQs I: A Conversation with Teena Purohit

The inaugural issue of a regular series on CM, XQs (Ten Questions), is a conversation with the author of new and exciting works in South Asian Studies. The aim is not to "review" but to contextualize, historicize and promote new scholarship. I am actively looking for authors & interlocutors so, do get in touch with [...]

A Methodological Footnote

I wrote, The makers of Pakistan were peasants and laborers. In 1940, they passed a resolution in Lahore to demand a separate homeland for Muslims and an end to British colonial occupation. In 1946, their votes brought a political party, the Muslim League, to power. They chose Muhammad Ali Jinnah, a modernist technocrat, as their [...]

Berlin Sketchbook IV: Ghosts

[see earlier in the Berlin series: I, II, III (also, earlier: I, II, III) On the city, see companion series on Lahore: I, II, III, IV, V, VI] My first ghost sighting in Berlin was on September 8th, 2009, on the fifth floor inner balcony of a building at the corner of Duisburgerstrasse and Brandenburgerstrasse [...]

Call for Papers on Aesthetics and Partition

Tentative title: The sentimental and the melodramatic: exploring Partition aesthetics We seek essays for a volume (Routledge) looking at the sentimental and melodramatic aesthetics of images, art, gossip, and writings that remind us of the unspeakable acts of 1947 and their political and cultural aftershocks in Punjab and Bengal. Critics who have variously written about [...]

Kumkum Chatterjee, 1958-2012

In 2008, I organized a panel at the Annual South Asia conference at Madison on vernacular histories. Our chair and discussant was Kumkum Chatterjee. Earlier that year, her article "The Persianization of Itihasa: Performance Narratives and Mughal Political Culture in Eighteenth-Century Bengal" had appeared in Journal of Asian Studies. Chatterjee did a reading of the [...]

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