TOC South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies Vol. 43, no. 2 (April 2020)

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South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies is pleased to announce the publication of Vol. 43, no. 2 (April 2020) with a special section on Mazaa. Available online via Taylor & Francis,

South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies

Vol. 43, Number 2, April 2020


Pravasi Really Means Absence’: Gulf-Pravasis as Spectral Figures in Deepak Unnikrishnan’s Temporary People, by Priya Menon

From Untouchables to Vyasa’s Clan: Fishermen’s Reform Movement in Kerala, by Deepika Rose Alex

Theatrics of a ‘Violent State’ or ‘State of Violence’: Mapping Histories and Memories of Partition in Jammu and Kashmir, by Iffat Rashid

 Special Section: Mazaa: Rethinking Fun, Pleasure and Play in South Asia

Guest Editors: Ulka Anjaria and Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria

Introduction. Mazaa: Rethinking Fun, Pleasure and Play in South Asia, by Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria and Ulka Anjaria


The Fleeting Taste of Mazaa: From Embodied Philology to an Alegropolitics for South Asia, by Ananya Jahanara Kabir

Dance Floor Divas: Fieldwork, Fabulation and Fathoming in Queer Bangalore, by Kareem Khubchandani

Surface Pleasures: Bicycling and the Limits of Infrastructural Thinking, by Jonathan Shapiro Anjaria

Defending Frivolous Fun: Feminist Acts of Claiming Public Spaces in South Asia, by Shilpa Phadke

Fashioning Fabulation: Dress, Gesture and the Queer Aesthetics of Mumbai Pride, by Brian A. Horton

Vernacular Taste and Urban Transformation: Towards an Analytics of Fun and a New Kind of Critique, by Krishnendu Ray

Can Fun be Feminist? Gender, Space and Mobility in Lyari, Karachi, by Nida Kirmani

The Dissent of Play: Lotahs in the Museum, by Natasha Bissonauth

Varieties of Drunk Experience in Early Medieval South Asia, by James McHugh

The Guilty Pleasures of Saas-Bahu Style, by Arti Sandhu

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