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.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Studies in humanities and social sciences, (Summer)
    Vol 10 No 1 (2003)

    This is an attempt to explore and understand the contours of the conceptual universe of the authors of the Purans as regarding what they perceived as history. Till quite recently, it was accepted as a truism that the ancient Indians had no sense of, or interest in, history.

  • Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences
    Vol 20 No 2 (2013)

    India in the 1940s

  • Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences
    Vol 18 No 1 & 2 (2011)

    When a back date issue of any academ ic journal is published a little later than its timeliness, the joy of its publication is overwhelming. However, it poses some critical questions: whether could this be made theme-based, works cited by the contributors later than the publishing year, its relevance on time scale and so on. This volume could not be made thematic, as it has to be evolved based on available papers of IUC associates and a few other contributions by scholars of repute. On the other hand, it provides opportunities with changing times.

  • Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences , (Winter)
    Vol 2 No 2 (1995)

    This is the second thematic issue of SHSS. The debate about truth, confined till quite recently, to what one might call mainstream philosophy, has spilled over into almost all areas of man 'sintellectual enterprise. While some have celebrated this fact, others, quite unsurprisingly, have lamented it.

  • Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences , (Summer)
    Vol 2 No 1 (1995)

    This is the second issue of Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences. Originally, we had planned only one issue in a year - each issue being devoted to articles on a specified theme. This plan we have not, of course, abandoned: the next issue - on the theme of 'Discourse and Truth in Social Sciences'- will appear in December 1995.

  • Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, (Summer)
    Vol 7 No 1 (2000)

    Humanities and social sciences are the outcome of self-reliant rationalism of Enlightenment. Modern scientific iscoveries, inventions, and the corresponding developments in the epistemological modes have been of great significance in the restoration of social reality. With the impact of Nietzschean (AD 1840-1900) 'perspectivism' the
    objectivity of truth is negated. Relativity of truth is a matter of interpretation of the eternally fluxional social phenomena.

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