Results for tag: India

Bankrolling Empire: A Conversation with Historian Sudev Sheth

In this interview, AAS Membership Manager Bill Warner speaks with historian Dr. Sudev Sheth, Senior Lecturer at the Lauder Institute at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, about his recent book Bankrolling Empire: Family Fortunes and Political Transformation in Mughal India (Cambridge University Press, 2024). The book focuses on the Jhaveri family in the western […]

Excerpt: The Vulgarity of Caste

Shailaja Paik is Taft Distinguished Professor of History and Affiliate Faculty in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Asian Studies at the University of Cincinnati and author of The Vulgarity of Caste: Dalits, Sexuality, and Humanity in Modern India (Stanford University Press), winner of the 2024 AAS Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Book Prize. On the afternoon […]

AsiaNow Speaks with AAS 2024 Keynote Speaker Tanika Sarkar

In March 2024, we look forward to welcoming Tanika Sarkar as the AAS 2024 Annual Conference keynote speaker. With support from the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Dr. Sarkar will join us in Seattle for her talk, “Between State and Faith: Colonial Personal Laws and the Triumph of Indian Cultural Nationalism,” on Thursday, March 14 at 5:00pm at […]

#AsiaNow Speaks with Durba Mitra

Durba Mitra is Associate Professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University and author of Indian Sex Life: Sexuality and the Colonial Origins of Modern Social Thought, published by Princeton University Press and winner of the 2022 AAS Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize. To begin with, please tell us what your book […]

The Moving City: Scenes from the Delhi Metro and the Social Life of Infrastructure

Member Spotlight: Rashmi Sadana

Rashmi Sadana is Associate Professor of Anthropology at George Mason University. She is an anthropologist and works primarily in India. Why did you join AAS and why would you recommend AAS to your colleagues? It’s great to be connected to a place-based community of scholars, especially as many of us are based far from our […]

AAS Statement on Proposed Demolition of the Annex of the National Archives in Delhi

May 28, 2021Issued by the AAS Board of Directors AAS expresses grave concern at the recent announcement regarding the demolition of the Annex of the National Archives in Delhi. We urge the Government of India to disclose its plans for safely transferring held documents and artifacts, their intermediate and long-term storage, and their availability to […]

Michael O’Sullivan on Vernacular Capitalism and Intellectual History

Michael O’Sullivan is a Junior Research Fellow in the Center for History and Economics at Harvard University and author of “Vernacular Capitalism and Intellectual History in a Gujarati Account of China, 1860–68,” which appears in the May 2021 issue of the Journal of Asian Studies. O’Sullivan’s article discusses a travelogue published in 1868 by Damodar […]

Durba Mitra on the Sexuality of Endogamy

Durba Mitra, assistant professor of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Assistant Professor at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University, is author of “‘Surplus Woman’: Female Sexuality and the Concept of Endogamy” published in the February 2021 issue of the Journal of Asian Studies. Mitra’s first book, Indian Sex Life: Sexuality […]

AAS Signs AHA Statement Opposing New Policy on Virtual Scholarly Exchanges in India

The AAS has signed on to the statement below, issued by the American Historical Association on February 5, 2021, that opposes a new policy issued by India’s Ministry of Higher Education/Department of Higher Education “that ‘requires Indian scholars and administrators to obtain prior approval from the Ministry of External Affairs if they want to convene […]

“Modernization” and Agrarian Development in India

This is Number 7 in the “JAS Author Interviews” series at #AsiaNow. Click here to see all posts in the series. The August 2020 issue of the Journal of Asian Studies includes “‘Modernization’ and Agrarian Development in India, 1912–52,” a research article by historian Prakash Kumar (Pennsylvania State University). Drawing from his current book project, in this […]

My Son’s Inheritance: India’s Invisible Violence

Aparna Vaidik is Associate Professor of History at Ashoka University, India and author of My Son’s Inheritance: A Secret History of Lynching and Blood Justice in India (Aleph, 2020). In the essay below, Vaidik discusses the book’s origins and the questions she seeks to address, as well as her decision to write it for a […]

#AsiaNow Speaks with Sally Sutherland Goldman and Robert Goldman

Dr. Sally Sutherland Goldman is Senior Lecturer in Sanskrit and Dr. Robert Goldman is William and Catherine Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Sanskrit at the University of California at Berkeley. They are the authors of The Rāmāyaṇa of Vālmīki: An Epic of Ancient India, Volume VII: Uttarakāṇḍa, published by Princeton University Press (2017) and winners of […]

Elizabeth Chatterjee on “The Asian Anthropocene: Electricity and Fossil Developmentalism”

This is Number 5 in the “JAS Author Interviews” series at #AsiaNow. Click here to see all posts in the series. Elizabeth Chatterjee is Lecturer in Regional and Comparative Politics at Queen Mary University of London. Chatterjee’s article, “The Asian Anthropocene: Electricity and Fossil Developmentalism,” appears in the February 2020 issue of the Journal of Asian Studies. […]

Rethinking India’s Eighteenth Century, from the Perspective of Twentieth-Century Japan

By Weijia Vicky Shen, University of Pittsburgh On November 8, 2019, I attended the “Rethinking India’s Eighteenth Century” workshop at the University of Pittsburgh. The day-long gathering began with me sitting uncomfortably at a round table in the Humanities Center, surrounded by established scholars of South Asia. My anxiety stemmed in part from being the […]

#AsiaNow Speaks with Ananya Chakravarti

Ananya Chakravarti is Associate Professor of History, Georgetown University and author of The Empire of Apostles: Religion, Accommodatio and the Imagination of Empire in Early Modern Brazil and India, published by Oxford University Press and recipient of an honorable mention for the 2020 AAS Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize. To begin with, please tell us […]

AAS Statement on Academic Conditions in India

The Association for Asian Studies expresses its grave concern about a series of sustained challenges to academic freedom in India. Students and scholars throughout the country are at risk, and conditions for academic inquiry and collaboration are rapidly deteriorating. In August 2019, the Government of India unilaterally repealed Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status, as embodied in Article […]

“Production, Circulation, and Accumulation”: Andrew Liu on the Historiographies of Capitalism in China and South Asia

This is Number 4 in the “JAS Author Interviews” series at #AsiaNow. Click here to see all posts in the series. Andrew B. Liu is Assistant Professor of History at Villanova University and author of “Production, Circulation, and Accumulation: The Historiographies of Capitalism in China and South Asia,” published in the November 2019 issue of […]

Agrarian Labor, Caste, and the Limits of Conversion: A Conversation with Navyug Gill

This is Number 1 in the “JAS Author Interviews” series at #AsiaNow. Click here to see all posts in the series. Historian Navyug Gill, Assistant Professor at William Paterson University, recently published an article, “Limits of Conversion: Caste, Labor, and the Question of Emancipation in Colonial Panjab,” in the Journal of Asian Studies. Gill’s research […]