This panel focuses on the public expression of emotions in South Asia and aims at studying, in an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, the mechanisms that make political problems be requalified (or disqualified) as being a matter of legitimate (or illegitimate) emotions.
Emotions have become a "hot topic" in the study of politics and societies. They shed a new light on classic questions related to political regimes, political participation, activism and mobilization. This renewed interest has somehow left unexplored the distinct, yet similar, role of emotions in non-Western political spheres. South Asian states offer in this regard a perfect, but much overlooked, site of observation. This panel aims at studying, in an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, those mechanisms that make private emotions become public in South Asia. How are political problems requalified (or disqualified) as being a matter of legitimate (or illegitimate) emotions? Papers may focus on four distinct, but closely related, themes: (1) the historical evolution of the norms and rules governing political emotions; (2) the interdependency between individual emotions (positive and negative), judgmental processes (allocating blame for instance) and political activism; (3) the "emotional-institutional contexts" regulating the public expression of emotions, and even making some of them "obligatory emotions"; (4) the properties of the language of emotions in South Asian politics.