Profile: Joshua Ehrlich

Historian

Joshua Ehrlich is a historian of knowledge and political thought in Europe and South Asia. Currently a PhD candidate in History at Harvard University, he has been associated with the South Asia Institute and the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago and an AM from Harvard, both in History. His dissertation, 'The East India Company and the Politics of Knowledge,' looks at the Company's interactions with scholars and scholarly institutions in the decades around 1800.

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The Calcutta Pococurante Society - Life in British India

What is the Calcutta Pococurante Society? It is an obscure text found on the shelves of a Bengali library relating to life in 19th century Calcutta- but it's much more entertaining than that. Scraps of verse, a manifesto to "investigate and discuss..." a number of issues including "Humbug and Absurdity". It's a delightful mix of humor, literary chatter and armchair philosophy - all dripping with booze! Kipling would approve.
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