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Empire and its Affects: How Emotion Regulated Lawmaking in Colonial South Asia

Reflections on “Empires of Law in Colonial South Asia Workshop” hosted by the Rutgers British Studies Center, October 12, 2020

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Nick Sprenger

Department of History Rutgers University

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If there has ever been a time for academics to demonstrate that they do not exist in an ivory tower, to do more than assert the social value of their knowledge, it is now. After a summer of protests in the name of racial justice and social equality; after months of heated discourse about the dangers of a militarized police force; after a spate of racist tirades across the nation made so-called “Karens” into the new darling of the meme world, America seems to be at a moment of reckoning with the injustice and discrimination woven into its social fabric. In this context, many are asking: “How did this come about?” Academics are well situated to help provide answers. In this spirit, the Rutgers British Studies Center—with co-sponsorship from the South Asian Studies Program—hosted a recent workshop titled “Empires of Law in Colonial South Asia.”

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