P25


Mercantile spaces, networks, and mobility in early modern South Asia 
Convenor:
Alka Patel
Location:
C402
Start time:
26 July, 2012 at 16:15 (UTC+0)
Session slots:
1

Short Abstract:

This panel explores various mercantile communities in South Asia, along with their networks outside of their home regions. These papers will highlight the importance of non-royal actors in the circulation of capital, commodities, and ideas.

Long Abstract

This panel explores various mercantile communities in South Asia, including Gujaratis, Marwaris (princpally Jains and Hindus) and "Eurasians," along with their networks outside of their home regions, many originating in Gujarat and Rajasthan. These papers will highlight the importance of non-royal - not to be mistaken for non-elite - actors in the circulation of capital, commodities, and ideas (such as architectural traditions), emphasizing the significance of mercantile history in the overall discourse on early modern South Asia. The papers' approaches will be varied and conducive to an interdisciplinary dialogue, encompassing art and architectural history, history, literature, and anthropology.

Accepted papers: