I am professor of English Literature at the University of Potsdam (Germany). I graduated from the Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg where I wrote my PhD thesis on European exile writers in Britain during the 1930s and World War II. Before joining the English and American Studies Department at Potsdam, I held teaching positions at the universities of Magdeburg and Tübingen as well as the (then) CIEFL Hyderabad (India) and the University of Delhi. My research areas include Postcolonial Studies, especially Indian literature, film and cultural politics; 17th-century English radicalism; genre transformations in contemporary transnational literature; emotion studies; and theories of modernity.
Together with Lars Eckstein, I am speaker of the Research Training Group “Minor Cosmopolitanisms” funded by the German Research Association (DFG). For further information, please visit http://www.uni-potsdam.de/minorcosmopolitanisms
I am also programme director of the bilateral research network “Writing the Cosmopolitan Imagination: Genre Transactions in World-Literary Space”. This is a collaborative project of the English and German Departments at the University of Delhi and the University of Potsdam, funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) for a five-year period from 2016 to 2020.
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Ed with Anke Bartels, Lars Eckstein and Nicole Waller. Amsterdam & New York: Brill 2017.
Postcolonial Justice addresses a major issue in current postcolonial theory and beyond, namely, the question of how to reconcile an ethics grounded in the reciprocal acknowledgment of diversity and difference with the normative, if not universal thrust that appears to energize any notion of justice. The concept of postcolonial justice shared by the essays in this volume carries an unwavering commitment to difference within and beyond Europe, while equally rejecting radical cultural essentialisms, which refuse to engage in “utopian ideals” of convivial exchange across a plurality of subject positions. Such utopian ideals can no longer claim universal validity, as in the tradition of the European enlightenment; instead they are bound to local frames of speaking from which they project worlds.