Areas, Disciplines, and the Goals of Inquiry

Sheldon Pollock
2016 Journal of Asian Studies  
From our present-day vantage point, the founding era of South Asian studies at Chicago looks like an age of unalloyed conceptual and political innocence. Area identities were given, disciplinary formations were unquestioned, the purposes of scholarship were self-evident, and the future was roseate. Half a century later, common sense on all these questions has vanished, and where we go from here is an entirely open question, requiring open and sustained discussion.
doi:10.1017/s002191181600111x fatcat:fstbrj5ugnfkjise4ltlgqzwry