Institute of Historical Studies
Institute of Historical Studies

Workshop: "Anger & Atonement in Mughal India: An Alternative Account of Akbar's 1578 Hunt," by Cynthia Talbot, University of Texas at Austin

Mon, February 3, 2020 | GAR 4.100

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

This paper examines conceptions of kingly anger in early modern India through a close study of an incident in 1578 involving the famous Mughal emperor Akbar.  While the official court history represented it as a lofty mystical experience, a little known chronicle from the hinterland cast it instead as an instance of royal rage and raving.  Through analysis of differing accounts of this episode, Dr. Talbot will explore ideas about the righteousness of royal anger and its relationship to violence and punishment.

Dr. Cynthia Talbot is a historian of medieval and early modern South Asia, who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1988. Her earlier work focused on the Andhra region of South India, using inscriptions recording donations to temples as a source of social history; it culminated in the book Precolonial India in Practice: Society, Region, and Identity in Medieval Andhra (Oxford University Press, 2001).  She subsequently published a study of historical traditions and memories relating to the twelfth-century North Indian king, Prithviraj Cauhan, titled The Last Hindu Emperor: Prithviraj Chauhan and the Indian Past, 1200-2000 (Cambridge University Press, 2016), this work received the 2018 A.K. Coomaraswamy award from the Association for Asian Studies. Her current research concerns the martial sentiments and emotional regimes of the Rajput community of Hindu warriors who fought on behalf of the Mughal empire in the long seventeenth century. She is a Fellow at the Institute for Historical Studies in 2019-20.

Alison K. Frazier
Associate Professor of History
University of Texas at Austin

Free and open to the public. Please RSVP to by January 31, at 10am, to sign-up to attend. Light lunch provided to all who RSVP. The Institute for Historical Studies is committed to sustainable practices and minimizing waste. To that end, we ask that you inform us in your RSVP if you will not require lunch.  In addition, we have eliminated all bottled water and encourage attendees to bring their own reusable canteens to fill at our first-floor bottle-refilling station.

Sponsored by: Institute for Historical Studies in the Department of History

Bookmark and Share