The introductory article to this theme issue on “The Social Production of Space and Emotions in South Asia” maps the existing historiography and makes a case for a wider history of emotions to elucidate the relationship between space and emotions. We examine the existing theoretical and conceptual models on the relations between space and emotions and illustrate how scholars need to bring together narratives, materiality, and practices in order to understand the entanglement of space and emotions. Through four different but connected historical examples: Mughal imperial Delhi, princely Rampur, small towns milieux in colonial India and the Lyari neighborhood in Karachi, Pakistan, we trace the shifting configurations of power, emotions, and social space of “Muslim locales” in South Asia. On this particular terrain, we also want to specify the nature of change in emotional experiences as Muslim locales transformed from elite enclaves into locales of disempowerment in the transition to national independence. We examine the shifting discourses and practices in the built environment, in the landscapes portrayed in visual and literary reconstructions, and in the lived everyday spatial practices and experiences in South Asia. While providing a historical narrative, these articles also present new possibilities to explore affective archives and interdisciplinary approaches for writing a history of emotions.
BlomAmélieJaoulNicolas“Outraged Communities”: Comparative Perspectives on the Politicization of Emotions in South AsiaSouth Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal2008Accessed 5 August 2015url: http://samaj.revues.org/1912
DevjiFaisal FatehaliIndia in the Muslim Imagination: Cartography and Landscape in 19th Century Urdu LiteratureSouth Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal2014Accessed 5 August 2015url: http://samaj.revues.org/3751
KavirajSudiptaA Strange Love of the Land: Identity, Poetry and Politics in the (Un)Making of South AsiaSouth Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal2014bAccessed 5 August 201510url: http://samaj.revues.org/3756
RoySrirupaChatterjeeParthaGuha-ThakurtaTapatiKarBodhisattvaWhen the Revolution Is Televised: Reflections on Media, Civil Society Power in Contemporary IndiaNew Cultural Histories of India: Materiality and Practices2014New DelhiOxford University Press437463
N. GreenMaking Space: Sufis and Settlers in Early Modern India (New Delhi: Oxford University Press2012): xii and M. Hermansen “Imagining Space and Citing Collective Memory in South Asian Muslim Biographical Literature (Tazkirah).” Studies in Contemporary Islam 4/2 (2002): 1-21. On language and emotions see L. Mitchell Language Emotion and Politics in South India: The Making of a Mother Tongue (Bloomington: Indiana University Press 2009) and F. Mir The Social Space of Language: Vernacular Culture in British Colonial Punjab (Berkeley: University of California Press 2010). Intellectual history has not engaged adequately with emotions in South Asia but for an insightful exploration of relationship between thought and feelings see S. Kaviraj The Invention of Private Life (Ranikhet: Permanent Black 2014).
S. RajuGendered Geographies: Space and Place in South Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press2011): 1. A. Datta The Illegal City: Space Law and Gender in a Delhi Squatter Settlement (Aldershot uk: Ashgate 2012): 11.
M. GoswamiProducing India: From Colonial Economy to National Space (Chicago: University of Chicago Press2004) and R. Ahuja Pathways of Empire: Circulation Public Works and Social Space in Colonial Orissa c. 1780 1914 (Hyderabad: Orient Black Swan 2009).
B. Kümin and C. Usborne“At Home and in the Workplace: A Historical Introduction to the ‘Spatial Turn.’ ”History and Theory52 (2013): 307and C.W.J. Withers “Place and the ‘Spatial Turn’ in Geography and in History.” Journal of the History of Ideas 70/4 (October 2009): 637-65.
G. Böhme“Atmosphere as the Fundamental Concept of a New Aesthetics.”Thesis Eleven36 (1993): 113-26; B. Anderson “Affective Atmospheres.” Emotion Space and Society 2/2 (2009): 77-81; B. Gammerl and R. Herrn “Raumgefühle—Gefühlsräume. Perspektiven auf die Verschränkung von emotionalen Praktiken und Topografien der Moderne.” suburban 3/2 (2015): 7-22. In their conceptualization of spatial emotions and emotional spaces they bring into the discussion the “corporeality of spatial emotions” and the “materiality of emotional spaces” in the production of space and emotion.
F. Devji“India in the Muslim Imagination: Cartography and Landscape in 19th Century Urdu Literature.”South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal10 (2014): 1-4. url: http://samaj.revues.org/3751. Accessed 5 August 2015.
S. Kaviraj“A Strange Love of the Land: Identity, Poetry and Politics in the (Un)Making of South Asia.”South Asia Multidisciplinary Academic Journal10 (2014): 8. url: http://samaj.revues.org/3756. Accessed 5 August 2015.
S. BoyrmYearning for Yesterday: A Sociology of Nostalgia (New York: Free Press1979). For an excellent exploration of multiple temporalities and spatialities of memory see E. Ho The Graves of Tarim: Genealogy and Mobility across the Indian Ocean (Berkeley: University of California Press 2006).