Lisa Mitchell

Associate Professor Director, South Asia Center

anthropologist and historian of southern India

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https://www.southasia.upenn.edu/people/lisa-mitchell

Lisa Mitchell is an anthropologist and historian of southern India. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests include the history of affectand emotion; technology, media and discourse networks; public culture and public space; neo-liberalism and the city; popular politics and every day practices of democracy; printing, knowledge production, and intellectual history; language and linguistic politics; colonialism and empire; history and anthropology; Telugu language and literature.

 

Hercurrent research interests include public space and political protest in thehistory and everyday practice of Indian democracy; the street and the railwaystation as public space; and the city in South Asia.   She iscurrently working on a new book on Public Space in the History of IndianDemocracy.  Her earlier research traced the emergence of language as a newfoundational category for the reorganization of literary production,history-writing, pedagogical practices, and assertions of socio-politicalidentity in southern India. Her book, Language, Emotion, and Politics in SouthIndia: The Making of a Mother Tongue (Indiana University Press, 2009 andPermanent Black, 2010), was a recipient of the American Institute of IndianStudies' Edward Cameron Dimock, Jr. Prize in the Indian Humanities.

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