Monthly Archives: November 2015

Faces of children: transgression and education by Alan Ross

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Recently, I had the chance to see Jacques Feyder’s 1923 masterpiece Visages d’enfants at a genuine 1920’s palace of film, the Louxor cinema in the Parisian district of Barbès. The film had been freshly restored due to the inimitable Serge Bromberg (more on his efforts to preserve and publicise forgotten classics of the black and white era can be found at Lobster Films) who also accompanied the screening on piano.

I was amazed to see how seriously the director Feyder and his screenwriters Françoise Rosay and Dimitri De Zoubaloff had taken the concerns and preoccupations of their child protagonists. Continue reading

Meet the Social History Editorial Board: Associate Professor Vinayak Chaturvedi on Tennis in an Imperial World

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Imperial Forest College Tennis Club (1933) Photograph by Bhagat Singh & Sons, Dehra Dun Private Collection of the author. [Brindhavan Bihari Chaturvedi, seated, far right]

Imperial Forest College Tennis Club (1933)
Photograph by Bhagat Singh & Sons, Dehra Dun
Private Collection of the author.
[Brindhavan Bihari Chaturvedi, seated, far right]

Vinayak Chaturvedi is Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Peasant Pasts: History and Memory in Western India (2007) and the editor of Mapping Subaltern Studies and the Postcolonial (2013).  His book on the intellectual history of Hindu nationalism is forthcoming. Here he discusses his latest research project on tennis and its imperial connections. Continue reading