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Feeling Modern: The History of Emotions in Urban South Asia 1

  • ELIZABETH CHATTERJEE (a1), SNEHA KRISHNAN (a2) and MEGAN EATON ROBB (a3)
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The foundation of history's recent ‘emotional turn’ is that emotions matter in shaping individual and social motivations. Their importance is not just instrumental: against the explanatory grain of much scholarship since the nineteenth century, the history of emotions recognises that humans are not purely rational “economic subjects in trousers and skirts”— or, as it may be, dhotis and saris.

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We are grateful for the generous support from institutions across the University of Oxford - St John's College, The New College Ludwig Humanities Fund, All Souls College, the Oriental Institute, The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities (TORCH), and Wolfson College - without which this special journal issue, long in germination, would not have been possible. The support of TORCH, All Souls College, and Wolfson College enabled us to host a preliminary conference on Urban South Asia in Oxford in 2014; the results of this conference encouraged us to edit a special journal issue on the subject. St John's College, The New College Ludwig Humanities Fund, and the Oriental Institute supported a dedicated workshop for special issue contributors in Oxford in 2016; the discussions held at this workshop contributed substantially to the quality of the final collection of articles.

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Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society
  • ISSN: 1356-1863
  • EISSN: 1474-0591
  • URL: /core/journals/journal-of-the-royal-asiatic-society
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