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In my research project, I try to rethink what forms of cultural practice could be possible today, how culture(s) can be formulated within a fast moving technologised world and what the consequences of cultural ramifications are. The tacit movens within this kind of framework is to outline and to re-shape the economics of identity and difference; what is the politics of eidos and its mediated eidolon and how does the signifié match its corresponding signifiant?
The study tries to replace black and white approaches and it contrasts with universal rights (Rawls), communicative universalism (Habermas) and concepts of hybridity (Bhabha) as locus amoenus: there are no such things as clear boundaries, homeland or culture. The thesis focuses on the idea of excess and power as theorised by Merleau-Ponty and Foucault. The idea of excess transgresses orders and allows us to express that the alien starts within ourselves: The alien is in- and excluded at the same time. The politics of borders becomes flexible – excess can be symbolised by the process of diffraction, as in a crystal ball, which highlights grey areas, thresholds and trans-formations. It is about questioning the status of the xenon, the alien, the excluded and the sub-altern by considering its invisible force that diffracts the so far outlined canon. It is about expressing the silence and the invisibility within the very process of translating / trespassing orders.
Sociology of Knowledge / Political Linguistics / Psychogenesis Studies / Translation Studies / Tamil Cultural Studies
I am particularly interested in retracing Cultural Studies by considering its political implications and its possibility to formulate critics on institutions. Furthermore, I am studying the challenges and barriers for reception strategies of Tamil cultural studies – especially within the diaspora.
Non-lieux de l’exil, FMSH Paris
Cambridge - Paris Series on South Asian Studies
Cardiff Research Group on Politics of Translating
2012 – Affiliated Scholar / University of Cambridge, Centre of South Asian Studies
2012 – Ph. D. in Translation Studies / Cardiff University, (AHRC-Scholarship)
2008 – 2011 M. A. in Philosophy / Universität Luzern
2008 – 2010 M. A. in Theology / Universität Luzern
2005 – 2008 B. A. in Political Science and History of Political Thought / Université de Genève