Vol 25 No 1 (2018)

    This issue comprising miscellaneous articles and reviews is able nonetheless to address a few common  concerns and questions, complex as they are, across disciplines and genres. Together, they present a kaleidoscopic view of the real or imagined political entity called India, its rich and complex cultural past and present. A few articles which deal with caste, language and communal identities have been included in this number. There is a distinct preoccupation with minoritarian discourses such as the ones over caste and language issues; but within these there are certain thematic overlaps too. True to the character of the journal, an attempt has been made to ensure that none of the articles is limited to the specialised disciple of the authors. That is, it is hard to point to articles which can be labelled strictly literary, sociological or purely philosophical in their orientation. Their main thematic or methodological provenance may or can be identified as characteristically within the limits of a given discipline, but then as the arguments proceed more often than not they trespass these boundaries.

  • Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences (Summer 2016)
    Vol 23 No 1 (2016)

    This issue of the SHSS has contributions from six scholars from various fields in the Humanities and the Social Sciences. I would like to thank all of them for their contributions and for their patient revisions in the light of the reviewerís comments. I am grateful to all the reviewers for their reviews. We acknowledge the fact that their consent to review these submissions is a clear manifestation of their commitment towards academia.

    Vol 22 No 1 (2015)

    STUDIES IN HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES (Journal of the Inter-University Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences). A journal that does not have a specific thematic or editorial thrust is as hard to edit as the one with a narrow focus. The mandate of this journal, as is well-known to the followers of its fortune, is to carry alternative issues of the journal that are oriented towards a specific rubric followed by a miscellany of sorts from among articles submitted by Associates and Fellows. The present issue happens to be one of the latter, though one has tried one’s best to give it some logical unity. We at the IIAS have tried to identify articles that are interdisciplinary in their subject and methodology by and large (who sticks to disciplinary boundaries, anyway?) and also identify the best within disciplinary confines. 


    Vol 22 No 2 (2015)


    The Latin etymology of the word ‘intimacy’ conveys the following meaning: it is making known (intimare) what is innermost (intimus) to a close friend (intima).Intimacy, thus, incorporates a notion of sharing by acknowledging an urge of belonging together, almost inseparably. The questions arise then: Out of all that we develop, how many are intimate relations for us? Out of all that we feel, how many can be identified as the innermost feelings and how much of even those can we express intimately in a familiar circle? The paradox of intimacy lies in the fact that it is objective but personal, somatic nonetheless psychological, affective in its dimension yet without having a firm reflective/self-conscious foundation. Most importantly, intimacy of the ‘self’ is dependent on ‘other’ and yet belonging together in such a manner as if the sharp distinction between the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ is annihilated in an act of intimate destruction. The notion of Intimacy thus proves that the ‘self’ cannot resist from belonging to the ‘other’. To be specific, the ‘self’ can only be known through the ‘other’, where it seems possible that the innermost qualities can be shared.

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