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Margrit Pernau

* I’d like to extend my thanks to all the colleagues who read and discussed this article and offered suggestions for its improvement. At the Center for the History of Emotions in Berlin: Benno Gammerl, Luis Manuel Garcia, Juliane Brauer, and Gian Marco Vidor; at the panel on Space and Emotions at

Razak Khan

* Most of the articles in this theme issue were initially presented as papers in a panel at the Association for Asian Studies’ ( aas ) Annual Conference in Philadelphia on 29 March 2014. They have been revised since and include literary, visual, and sociological and history of emotions

Chen Youqing

Experience is an activity that arouses emotions and generates meanings based on vivid sensation and profound compreh ension. It is emotional, meaningful, and personal, playing a key role in the course of forming and developing one’s qualities. The psychological process of experience generation consists of such links as sensing things, arousing emotions, promoting comprehension and association, generating insights and meanings, and deepening emotional responses. Undergoing things personally by means of direct sensation, taking part in activities, and living life are the most important preconditions of experience generation. Emotional influence, situational edification, and arts edification are external factors that induce experience generation.

Transports of Delight

An Aromatic Journey in Verse from East to West on the Wings of Perfume

Edited by David Pybus

This book is a feast for the nose! Transports of Delight is a celebration through verse of man’s extraordinary sensory world of smell, connecting East and West. Here is a fascinating and delightful anthology, drawn from around the world and across the millennia, capturing a kaleidoscope of emotions, moods and memories, all of which are energized and enhanced by smells of every kind – ‘smells which match our moods, promote our passions, provoke a sense of awe in the natural world around us, and bring us closer to our gods’. The anthology, containing over a hundred poems and excerpts from literature including The Teachings of the Buddha and Ben Johnson’s intoxicating ‘Drink to me only with thine eyes’ (Ode to Celia), takes the reader from Japan to China, Tibet and the East Indies, on to India and the Levant, then to Europe and finally to the Americas. Transports of Delight will certainly help transport and delight the reader to another level of sensory pleasure – far removed from today’s audio-visual world of ipods, televisions, CDs and DVDs!

Tina Phillips Johnson

2007, Transforming Emotions with Chinese Medicine: An Ethnographic Account from Contemporary China , Albany: State University of New York Press. Pp. xiv +191. $29.95 Paperback. isbn 9780791470008 Yanhua Zhang has transformed our understanding of a subject not commonly addressed in studies of

Local Pasts

Space, Emotions and Identities in Vernacular Histories of Princely Rampur

Razak Khan

* The article was initially presented at a workshop at Vanderbilt University on 15 February 2014 and benefited from the feedback of the workshop participants. I also owe thanks to my fellow panelists and members of the lively audience at the panel on Production of Space and Emotions in South Asia

Qaṣbas as Place

A Sense of Belonging and Nostalgia in Colonial India

M. Raisur Rahman

autobiographical writings add to the nostalgic fervor. Arguing that qaṣbas represented a vigorous intellectual culture shaped to a great extent by Muslim ascendancy in wealth and power, this paper outlines aspects of the qaṣbātī life in order to understand the manifestation and articulation of emotions

Fear and the City

Negotiating Everyday Life as a Young Baloch Man in Karachi

Nida Kirmani

Emotions at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development were invaluable in the development of my argument. I would also like to thank the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities and the Centre for Policy Research in Delhi for inviting me to present in their urban studies workshop and providing

Sonam Dolma

‘taming’ or ‘controlling’, such as to control afflicting emotions, or to tame a person’s rough nature while yielding the good qualities. More generally, it is used in the sense of controlling or refining the harmful while augmenting the beneficial effects. As a Tibetan medical practitioner practising in