Emma Jane Flatt

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418 Hamilton Hall

CB# 3195
Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27599


BA Cardiff University, 1998
MA University of London, 2000
PhD University of London, 2009

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Emma Flatt’s research has focused on mentalities and practices in the courtly societies of the Indo-Islamicate Deccani Sultanates of South India. Her doctoral thesis, which she is currently revising for publication, explored the world of the peripatetic courtier, who moved across regions and between courts in search of generous patrons and focuses on three case studies of different “knowledges” that helped a courtier attain success: letter-writing, wrestling, and astrology. These three case studies illustrate the ways in which the acquisition of expertise in a particular knowledge provided the courtiers with opportunities for self-fashioning.

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Some Notable Publications

Courses Offered (as schedules allow)

For current course listings, consult the Registrar’s Schedule of Classes.

  • HIST 135—History and Culture of Hindus and Muslims: South Asia to 1750
  • HIST 292—Gender in South Asia
  • HIST 490—The Mughal World: 1526–1707
  • HIST 490—Sultans, Generals, Concubines and Domestics: Slavery in South Asian History
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