Academic Profile : Faculty

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Assoc Prof Emma Jane Flatt
Associate Professor, School of Humanities
Assistant Chair (Research), School of Humanities (SoH)
Emma Flatt works on the social and cultural history of medieval and early modern South Asia (c.1300-1700), with a particular interest in the history of mentalities, emotions and senses. She is the author of The Courts Of The Deccan Sultanates: Living Well In The Persian Cosmopolis, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2019); the co-author (with Daud Ali) of Garden and Landscape Practices in Precolonial India: Histories from the Deccan, (Delhi: Routledge, 2011), as well as the author of various journal articles on the histories of astrology, wrestling, magic, friendship and perfumes.

She received her PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 2009. She also holds a BA in History and Italian from Cardiff University and an MA in Asian History from the School of Oriental and African Studies. Before joining NTU in 2023, Emma worked at the National University of Singapore (2018-2023); and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2012-2018) and NTU (2009-2011).
I am currently working on various projects including a study of astrology and magic in the sultanate of Bijapur; a Cambridge Element, tentatively entitled South Asia and the World: Circulation, Material and Cultural Life 800-1500 and a study of the development of the sense of taste in medieval and early modern South Asia.
  • Global Connections: Esoteric, Religious and Cultural life in South Asia 900-1686
Shortlisted for the Gladstone Prize, 2020.

Awarded Donald J. Gilman Award by the Medieval and Early Modern Program, UNC-Chapel Hill, April 2014.

Awarded Taught Masters prize, September 2000, School of Oriental and African Studies.

Awarded Joint Honours Student prize, 1998, and History Student prize, 1994, University of Wales, College Cardiff.
Fellowships & Other Recognition
Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (2004-present)

Residential Fellowship at Institute of Historical Studies, University of Texas at Austin, September 2014-May 2015.

Irene Scoloudi fellowship at the Institute for Historical Research, London, 2007-8.

Arts and Humanities Research Council doctoral scholarship 2004-2007.