Knowledge Production, Pedagogy, and Institutions in Colonial India

Hardcover | April 15, 2011

byIndra Sengupta, Daud Ali

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The essays in this volume take up colonial knowledge as an analytical category in South Asian history. They contribute to long-standing debates around agency and power, as well as newer issues—like the coherence of knowledge systems, architecture and materiality, and the dissemination and reception of knowledge—through detailed empirical and textual work. They demonstrate that historically situated analyses provide the most nuanced answers to such questions. Taken together, they show that no single theory of colonial knowledge is possible and that knowledge had diverse uses and receptions in South Asia’s colonial past, just as it continues to have today.

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The essays in this volume take up colonial knowledge as an analytical category in South Asian history. They contribute to long-standing debates around agency and power, as well as newer issues—like the coherence of knowledge systems, architecture and materiality, and the dissemination and reception of knowledge—through detailed empiric...

Indra Sengupta (PhD, Heidelberg University) is a Research Fellow in British Empire and Commonwealth History at the German Historical Institute London. Her research interests include the production of knowledge on India in colonial India and Europe, especially German Orientalism, and monument-making practices in colonial India. Her cur...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.7 × 5.69 × 0.8 inPublished:April 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230113370

ISBN - 13:9780230113374

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PART I: PRODUCING COLONIAL KNOWLEDGE * What’s in a (Proper) Name? Particulars, Individuals and Authorship in the Linguistic Survey of India and Colonial Scholarship – Javed Majeed * The Floating Lexicon: Hobson-Jobson and the OED – Kate Teltscher * Missions and Museums: Hindu Gods and Other “Abominations,” 1820-1860 – Geoffrey Oddie * Antiquarian Knowledge and Preservation of Indian Monuments at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century – Ann Julie Etter * PART II:  HISTORICAL PLACES, HISTORICAL PASTS * Landscapes of the Past: Rajatarangini and Historical Knowledge Production in Late-Nineteenth-Century Kashmir – Chitralekha Zutshi * Jaunpur, Ruination, and Conservation during the Colonial Era – Michael Dodson * The Qutb Minar in Sayyid Ahmad Khan’s Asar us-?anadid – David Lelyveld * PART III:  PEDAGOGY AND TRANSFORMATION * Promoting Scientism: Institutions for Gathering and Disseminating Knowledge in British Bihar – Peter Gottschalk * Old Books in New Bindings: Ethics and Education in Colonial India – Avril Powell * Teaching Emotions. Victorian Values and Sharafat in Nineteenth-century Delhi – Margrit Pernau

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“This is a very timely collection.  The issue of ‘colonial knowledge’ has been at the forefront of the study of South Asia for more than a decade.  However, the paradigms originally informing it have become increasingly frayed, and the debates surrounding it ever more tired. This book offers to re-invigorate the issues and to take inquiries in more profitable directions.”—David Washbrook, Fellow, History, Trinity College, Cambridge