【Date & Time】July 10 (Tuesday), 2018 15：00～16：30
【Venue】Lecture Room 1 (AA401), 4th Floor, Research Building No.2, Yoshida Main Campus, Kyoto University
(Building no.34 on the map)
【Speaker】Dr. Thierry Di Costanzo (University of Strasbourg, France)
【Title】The ‘Idea of Pakistan’ in the Aqeel Collection in English: Divided Nationalisms and Ruling Passions (1914-1949)
The ‘Aqeel Collection’ is held by Kyoto University ASAFAS. It is a most valuable collection of books on the history and literature of South Asian Muslims and Islam in general. The collection consists mainly of books in Urdu. However, Dr DiCostanzo works solely on the part of the collection that is written in English. There, he focuses on anti-colonial Indian nationalism and the ‘idea of Pakistan’. Thanks to the Collection, DiCostanzo has been able to ‘mine’ dozens of books published all over the British Empire in India and elsewhere in the twenties, thirties and forties, in order to find more about political and communal ‘passions’ like fear, anger, hatred, joy etc, in them. The great variety of the Aqeel corpus might make it possible to imagine a new typology of nationalism for the ‘idea of Pakistan’. It might also help to shed some new light on the theme of ‘emotional’ politics in South Asian history and why emotions and passions might have been used by intellectuals of the time before the Great Partition of 1947 occurred.
On the Speaker:
Dr Thierry DiCOSTANZO is a senior lecturer in IR, EFL and South Asian Islam at Sciences Po Strasbourg and at the Foreign Languages and History Departments of the University of Strasbourg (France). He is a specialist of British Imperial history in South Asia (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh). Last year, he started a project with ASAFAS on the valuable Aqeel collection, on the books written in English only. It is about the ‘idea of Pakistan’ and other anti-colonial nationalisms in South Asia, but also about conceiving a new historiography of Pakistan and Bangladesh and how they could be related to the promising field of ‘history of emotions’ in South Asian political history. A special Strasbourg-Kyoto grant enabled him to stay in ASAFAS for two weeks in January 2017. He has already given a couple of presentations in ASAFAS itself, and written an article in the Kyoto Bulletin of Islamic Area Studies entitled ‘Erasure’ and ‘Reinstatement’ in Romesh Chunder Dutt’s Vision of India’s Past presented at KINDAS/KIAS joint seminar last July: https://repository.kulib.kyoto-u.ac.jp/dspace/handle/2433/230449.
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※ KIAS：Center for Islamic Area Studies at Kyoto University
KINDAS：Center for South Asian Studies at Kyoto University