Current Fellows

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Here is a list of our current fellows:

Cristóbal Pagán Cánovas
Humboldt
Linguistics

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Humboldt Research Fellowship

Affiliation: Department of Quantitative Linguistics. Host: Professor Harald Baayen

Research Project: FORMULEARN: Chunking in verbal art and speech

Research Areas: Quantitative linguistics, cognition and poetics, conceptual integration, 4E cognition, time across language and the arts, oral poetry, and multimodal communication

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

Contact: cpcanovasspam prevention@um.es

Activities at the College of Fellows: Humboldt Lecture on Modeling the Multimodal Flow of Human Communication: Big Data and Novel Quantitative Approaches (8 December 2021)

About: I am a Ramón y Cajal Researcher (tenure-track research professorship funded by national grant scheme) at the Department of English Philology, University of Murcia. I co-direct the Daedalus Lab, the Murcia Center for Cognition, Communication, and Creativity. From 2019 to 2022, I am also an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Quantitative Linguistics at the University of Tübingen, hosted by Professor Harald Baayen. I am a member of the Red Hen Lab, an international consortium for research into multimodal communication. I am the Principal Investigator of the Spanish National Grant (Knowledge-Generation Program): Creativity and cognition in the expression of time across modalities (CREATIME). I have been a EURIAS fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Studies, an FBBVA Leonardo Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and the AHRC project History of Distributed Cognition, University of Edinburgh, a postdoctoral fellow at the Classics Faculty of the University of Oxford (Emotions: The Greek Paradigm, ERC AdG to A. Chaniotis), and a Linguistics-Poetics Tandem Fellow (FRIAS: German Excellence Initiative) at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies. I was also a Marie Curie Fellow at the universities of Murcia, Case Western Reserve, California San Diego, and Oxford.

Personal Website: https://sites.google.com/site/cristobalpagancanovas/   https://daedalus.um.es/

Eveline Cioflec
Intercultural Studies
Philosophy

Fellow Profile

Affiliation: Intercultural Fellow am College of Fellows - Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Research Project: Das offene Selbst: Eine Erörterung der Zugehörigkeit

Research Areas: Philosophy, Phenomenology, Gender Studies

Contact: eveline.cioflec@cof.uni-tuebingen.de

Activities at the College of Fellows: Member of the CoF Focus Group 'Belonging', Section Moderation at GIP Annual Conference 2021

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

About Evelin: Dr. Eveline Cioflec received her PhD from the Albert-Ludwigs-University in Freiburg in 2008. Since then, she has held various teaching positions and has been on research stays at universities in Kyoto, New York, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Berlin, and East London (South Africa). Since 2012, she has been a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. Her research areas are phenomenology, hermeneutics, social and political philosophy, and intercultural philosophy. Cioflec began her research work in Germany in 1999 at the Philosophisches Seminar Tübingen as a DAAD scholarship holder from Romania. At CIIS, Cioflec is working on a continuation of the project: "Das offene Selbst: Eine Erörterung der Zugehörigkeit".

Madalina Guzun
Intercultural Studies
Philosophy

Fellow Profile

Affiliation: Intercultural Fellow am College of Fellows - Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Research Project: The Foreigner of Languages: Heidegger and Waldenfels at the Encounter of the Arabic World

Research Areas: Phenomenology, Contemporary French philosophy, Greek philosophy, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

Contact: madalina.guzun@cof.uni-tuebingen.de

Activities at the College of Fellows: Member of the Focus Group "Intercultural Studies"

About: My study in philosophy began at the Universtity of Bucharest (Romania) (2008 – 2011). After an Erasmus semester (2010) at the University of Bourgogne (France), I graduated with a Bachelor thesis on Heidegger and Plato. Throughout the Master’s program Erasmus Mundus Europhilosophie (2011 – 2013) I then studied at the University of Toulouse Jean-Jaures (France), Federal University of São Carlos (Brazil) and Charles University in Prague (The Czech Republic). The Master’s thesis laid the foundation for my book Eternal Return and the Metaphysics of Presence. A Critical Reading of Heidegger’s Nietzsche (Traugott Bautz Verlag, 2014). Throughout my academic endeavor, as well as through the lived experience of dwelling in foreign languages, my research crystallized itself around the question of language. The doctoral thesis that I carried out in a co-tutelle at Paris-Sorbonne University and Bergische Universität Wuppertal (2013 – 2017), Thinking about λόγος and Translation in Martin Heidegger and beyond (originally in French), was supervised by Prof. Peter Trawny and Prof. Emmanuel Cattin, and it was awarded the highest degree, Summa cum laude (Paris, November 2017). Thereafter I worked as a researcher (2018 – 2020) in the project Finitude and Meaning. Phenomenological Perspectives on History in the Light of the Paul Ricœur – Jan Patočka Relationship, in collaboration with Prof. Ovidiu Stanciu and Dr. Paul Marinescu at the Institute of Philosophy Alexandru Dragomir (Bucharest), and I began my teaching activity at the University of Bucharest (2019 – 2020). At the same time, I engaged in a new field of research through the Master’s program (2019 – 2021) The Islamic Space: Societies, Cultures, Mentalities (Department of Oriental Languages and Literatures, University of Bucharest). Currently (2021 – 2022) I am working on the research project The Foreigner of Languages: Heidegger and Waldenfels at the Encounter of the Arabic World, as a Post-doctoral Fellow at the College of Fellows, Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen.

Project: My project explores the role that foreign language plays in the constitution of the foreign as such. The main questions I investigate are the following: Is the foreign language one form of foreignness among others or does it have a privilege by virtue of which it distinguishes itself from other types of foreignness? What are the implications of a foreign language for the matter of belonging? And, finally, what are the theoretical consequences of the encounter with the manner in which another cultural realm than our own conceives alterity? The research I lead is divided, thus, into a conceptual part on one hand, in which I pursue these questions through a critical reading of the works of Martin Heidegger and Bernhard Waldenfels. On the other hand, my project aims to pursue this philosophical research by bringing into a dialogue our philosophical concept of the foreign and the way in which the Arabic world conceived it with regard to language in the early epoch of Islam. In the aftermath of this endeavor, I develop a hermeneutical analysis of this dialogue, asking whether the words designating the “foreign”, the “stranger” and the “alien” are mutually translatable from one culture to another. My goal is to find out if a foreign language only reveals us a form of alterity among others or if it leads us to acknowledge a “structural” form of historicity, that touches upon the very phenomenon of the foreign (das Fremde) itself. Thus, by means of addressing different figures of the foreign, I try to think the contemporary intercultural situation, on the one hand, and to gain a horizon for a future research on the problem of the foreign in the modern and contemporary Islamic space, on the other.

Websites: https://phenomenology.ro/current-members/

Melissa Jane Johnston
Humboldt
Neurobiology

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Humboldt Research Fellowship

Affiliation: Animal Physiology, Institute of Neurobiology

Research Project: Tempus fugit: Interval timing in crows

Research Areas: Comparative cognition, avian neurophysiolog,; interval timing

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

Contact: melissa.johnstonspam prevention@biologie.uni-tuebingen.de  milliej.johnstonspam prevention@gmail.com

Activities at the College of Fellows: Humboldt Lecture on Tempus Fugit: Interval Timing in Crows (10 November 2021)

About: Melissa (Millie) Johnston studied psychology for her Bachelor of Science at the University of Otago (Dunedin, News Zealand) from 2011–2013. Staying at Otago, she then completed her Master of Science (2014–2015) and doctorate in the Department of Psychology (2016–2019). Her postgraduate research focused on higher-order cognitive abilities in pigeons associated with the nidopallium caudolaterale (NCL), a brain region considered to be the avian homologue to the mammalian prefrontal cortex. Here she used both temporary lesion and electrophysiology techniques to investigate the role of the NCL in various working memory and serial-order tasks. During her doctorate, she was awarded an Elman Poole Travelling Scholarship to support her during a research visit to Ruhr Universität Bochum where she helped establish an open arena for jackdaw research. Millie has continued her NCL research in Tübingen first as a postdoc and now Humboldt Fellow at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Her current research investigates the role of the NCL in interval timing behaviour in crows.

Abbed Kanoor
Intercultural Studies
Philosophy

Fellow Profile

Affiliation: Intercultural Fellow at the College of Fellows - Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Research Project: Zwischen. Über die Erfahrung der interkulturellen Situation

Research Areas: French and German Philosophy, Phenomenology

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

Contact: abbed.kanoor@cof.uni-tuebingen.de

Activities at the College of Fellows: Member of CoF Focus Group 'Intercultural Studies'; organizer of the Workshop 'Métissage', Section Moderation at GIP Annual Conference 2021

About Abbed: Dr. Abbed Kanoor holds a PhD from the Universities of Paris IV La Sorbonne and Bergische Universität Wuppertal. His research interests include German and French phenomenology, philosophy of interculturality, philosophical anthropology, and philosophy of culture. In his current research project „Zwischen. Über die Erfahrung der interkulturellen Situation“ he is working on a phenomenological approach to interculturality and, related to this, on a philosophical approach to the question of intercultural identity.

Roberta Locatelli
Humboldt
Philosophy

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Humboldt Research Fellowship

Affiliation: Philosophisches Seminar

Research Project: Tempus fugit: Interval timing in crows

Research Areas: Philosophy of mind and philosophy of psychology, with a focus on the philosophy of perception, introspection, and consciousness, the metaphysics of colour, epistemology

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

Contact: roberta.locatellispam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Activities at the College of Fellows: Humboldt Lecture on The Puzzle of Colour and the Perspectival Nature of Perception (12 Januar 2021)

About: Roberta Locatelli is an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at the philosophy department of the University of Tübingen. Before that, she was a postdoctoral DAAD PRIME Fellow at the same department. She earned her doctorate from the University of Warwick and the University Paris-1. She works in the philosophy of mind and psychology, with a specific focus on the philosophy of perception, and on the metaphysics of colour and other observational properties.

Website: https://locatellirobe.wixsite.com/robertalocatelli

Nicolas De Maeyer
Humboldt
Theology

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Humboldt Research Fellowship

Affiliation: Lehrstuhl Kirchengeschichte mit Schwerpunkt Alte Kirche, Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät

Research Project: Augustine as preacher of morality: critical edition and content analysis of the Sermones de diuersis of Augustine of Hippo (ss. 341-363)

Research Areas: Latin literature from the Late Antique and Early Medieval period, Patristic theology and exegesis, transmission and reception studies, manuscript studies, textual criticism

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

Contact: nicolas.demaeyerspam prevention@arts.kuleuven.be nicolas.de-maeyerspam prevention@ev-theologie.uni-tuebingen.de

Activities at the College of Fellows: Humboldt Lecture on The Construction of Patristic Authority in the Middle Ages: the Sermones ad populum of Augustine of Hippo (12 January 2022)

About: Nicolas De Maeyer studied Classical and German philology at the University of Leuven, and received his PhD in Latin Literature from the same university (2019), with a dissertation on the reception of the works and thinking of Augustine of Hippo in the writings of Beda Venerabilis. He is currently postdoctoral researcher at the universities of Leuven (2019-2023) and Tübingen (2021-2022), with a project on Augustine’s Sermones de diuersis. His field of research is the transmission and reception of Patristic literature in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, with a particular focus on the works of Augustine of Hippo, Patristic sermons and florilegia, Latin homiliaries, and the reconstruction of Medieval libraries. For the Series Latina of the Corpus Christianorum (Brepols Publishers), he is preparing an edition of Bede’s Pauline commentary and of Augustine’s Sermones de diuersis.

Jonathan Chimakonam Okeke
Intercultural Studies
Philosophy

Fellow Profile

Affiliation: Intercultural Fellow am College of Fellows - Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Research Project: The Structure of Conversational Thinking

Research Areas: African Philosophy, Intercultural Philosophy, Aesthetics

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

Contact: jonathan-chimakonam.okekespam prevention@ciis.uni-tuebingen.de

Activities at the College of Fellows: Member of the CoF Focus Group 'Intercultural Studies'; Section Moderation at GIP Annual Conference 2021

About Jonathan: Jonathan O. Chimakonam PhD is a senior lecturer at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He taught at the University of Calabar, Nigeria for several years. He was a Research Associate at the University of Johannesburg (2017-2019). His teaching and research interests cover the areas of African Philosophy, Intercultural Philosophy, Logic, Environmental Ethics and Postmodern/postcolonial/decolonial thought. He aims to break new grounds in African philosophy by formulating a system that unveils new concepts and opens new vistas for thought (Conversational philosophy); a method that represents a new approach to philosophizing in African and intercultural philosophies (Conversational thinking); and a system of logic that grounds both (Ezumezu). His articles have appeared in refereed and accredited international journals.

 

Rodolfo Palomo-Briones
Humboldt
Geosciences

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Humboldt Research Fellowship

Affiliation: Center for Applied Geoscience (ZAG)

Research Project: Assessment of caproate production with defined cultures

Research Areas: Environmental biotechnologies → anaerobic biotechnology, Biohydrogen production (dark fermentation), Anaerobic chain elongation (reverse ß-oxidation), Microbial ecology (metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, and metabolomics), Synthetic microbial communities, Lignocellulosic residues as feedstock in anaerobic biotechnologies

Contact: rodolfo.palomo-brionesspam prevention@mnf.uni-tuebingen.de

Activities at the College of Fellows: Humboldt Lecture on Modeling the Multimodal Flow of Human Communication: Big Data and Novel Quantitative Approaches (8 December 2021)

About: I was born in the sunny city of Torreón, Mexico, in 1989. A short time later, my family and I moved to a small and beautiful town called Maravatío (meaning beauty land, in purépecha), where I received my elementary education. Then, I studied Biochemical Engineering from 2006 to 2010 at the Instituto Tecnológico de Morelia (Morelia, Mexico), from which I graduated in 2011 after defending my bachelor thesis about microbial fuel cells. From 2011 to 2013, I studied a master´s degree in environmental sciences at the Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica (IPICYT, San Luis Potosí, Mexico); I investigated the biofiltration of organic compounds coupled to heterologous proteins production. From 2013 to 2014, I worked as an associate researcher to investigate wastewater reuse in gold mining activities (San Luis Potosi, Mexico). From 2015 to 2018, I did my doctoral studies in environmental sciences about microbial communities in biohydrogen (H2) production from organic residues (IPICYT, San Luis Potosí, Mexico). In 2019-2020 I worked as a postdoc investigating the H2 and methane (CH4) potential of lignocellulosic residues. In 2021, I was granted a Georg Forster Research Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to do research on chain elongation with anaerobic microbiomes in the Environmental Biotechnology Group at the University of Tübingen (Tübingen, Germany).

Personal Website: https://scholar.google.com.mx/citations?user=5dYQE7wAAAAJ&hl=en, https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Rodolfo-Palomo-Briones

Carolina Carrasco Pulido
Humboldt
Biology

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Humboldt Research Fellowship

Affiliation: Center for Plant Molecular Biology (ZMBP), Cellular Nanosience Department

Research Project: Studying DNA-Rad52 interaction at the single-molecule level

Research Areas: Biophysics of single-molecule, molecular motors, DNA-protein interactions, viruses, atomic force microscopy, magnetic tweezers, optical tweezers and biochemical techniques

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

Contact: carolina.carrasco-pulidospam prevention@zmbp.uni-tuebingen.de

Activities at the College of Fellows: Humboldt Lecture on Studying DNA-Rad52 Interaction at the Single Molecule Level (9 February 2022)

About: Carolina Carrasco studied Physics at the University of Granada. Because of her interest in the field of single-molecule biophysics, she moved to Madrid to obtain her PhD in Physics at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid by studying the mechanical response of single viruses upon deformation with Atomic Force Microscopy. After that, she extended her expertise to the Magnetic Tweezers technique at the National Centre of Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC) at Madrid. Her research is focused on understanding DNA repair and replication by motor proteins at the single-molecule level. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of nanomachines is important for molecular biology and medicine because they are involved in cellular repair pathways of which defects are associated with human disease. Currently, she enjoys a Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers to study DNA-protein mechanisms by using Optical Tweezers at the Cellular Nanoscience Department in the ZMBP, Tübingen University.

Juan Rivera
Intercultural Studies
Anthropology

Fellow Profile

Affiliation: Intercultural Fellow am College of Fellows - Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Research Project: Indigenous Conceptualizations of Land, Belonging and Ownership in Contemporary Extractivist Andes

Research Areas: Anthropology, Amerindian Studies, Extractivism, Ownership, Ontologies, Anthropocene, Nature-cultures

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

Activities at the College of Fellows: Member of the CoF Focus Groups 'Intercultural Studies' and 'Interdisciplinary Anthropology'

Contact: juan.riveraspam prevention@ciis.uni-tuebingen.de

About: Juan Rivera´s research examines cosmologies among indigenous groups of the Andes of South America, particularly Quechua-speaking people of central and Northern Peruvian highlands. Among his publications are "Non-Humans in Amerindian South America" (Berghahn Books, 2019), “Andean Musical Expressions. Ethnographic notes on materialities, ontologies and alterities” (In: The Andean World. Routledge. 2019), "Indigenous Life Projects and Extrativism" (co-edited with C. Ødegaard, Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), "Warriors and Caimans surrounding the Andes: Recent approaches to indigenous peoples of the South American lowlands in contexts of violence and transformations" (Social Anthropology 25, 2017), "Recent methodological approaches in ethnographies of human and non-human Amerindian collectives" (Reviews in Anthropology 48, 2019), and "La vaquerita y su canto. Cantos rituales ganaderos en los Andes peruanos contemporáneos" (Ethnographica, 2016). He has also co-produced a video installation and a set of four films named "The Owners of the Land. Culture and the Spectre of Mining in the Andes" (Coalface, 2013).

Horácio Santa Vieira
Humboldt
Astrophysics

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Humboldt Research Fellowship

Affiliation: Theoretical Astrophysics, Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics, Department of Physics

Research Project: Study of the interaction between gravitational fields and quantum systems

Research Areas: My field of study is Physical Sciences, in which my main research line is Gravitational Physics and Cosmology, in particular Quantum Gravity and Quantum Cosmology, whose subfield of study is Theoretical and Mathematical Physics.

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

Contact: horacio.santana.vieiraspam prevention@hotmail.com

Activities at the College of Fellows: Humboldt Lecture on Perturbations, Heun Functions and Quasispectrum in Black Holes Physics (10 November 2021)

About: Bachelor in Physics from the Federal University of Paraíba (Brazil, 2013), Master of Science in Physics and PhD in Physics from Federal University of Paraíba (Brazil, 2014-2018), in which I focused my studies on the interaction of quantum systems with gravitational fields, and on the quantum cosmology approaches used to find the wave function of the universe. I had a one-year term as Visiting PhD Student at Tufts University (United States, 2017-2018), in which I worked on the quantum fluctuations of the spacetime geometry and its signature in the gravitational waves. As a CNPq Postdoctoral Fellow at Federal University of Paraíba (Brazil, 2018-2019), I developed a new simply technique to find the scalar resonant frequencies of both acoustic and astrophysical black holes. As a CAPES Postdoctoral Fellow at University of São Paulo (Brazil, 2019-2020), I investigated the dynamical interpretation of the quantum relativistic cosmology. As a Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Tübingen (Germany, 2020-present), I have developed a new simply technique, which uses the polynomial condition of the Heun functions, to study the resonant frequencies related to the quasibound states.

Personal Website: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0909-2717

Fernando Wirtz
Intercultural Studies
Philosophy

Fellow Profile
Fellowship: Postdoc fellowship of the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

Affiliation: College of Fellows - Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Research Project: Japanese Philosophy of Myth

Research Areas: Intercultural Philosophy, German Idealism, Japanese Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek
Activities at the College of Fellows: Member of the CoF Focus Group 'Intercultural Studies'

Contact: fernando.wirtzspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

About Fernando: I am a postdoc fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies (CIIS) and I am currently writing about Japanese philosophy of myth. I hold a Licentiate in Philosophy from the University of Buenos Aires and a PhD in Philosophy from the Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. I was also a visiting researcher at the Ritsumeikan University and the University of Kyoto. Board member of the Society for Intercultural Philosophy (http://www.int-gip.de) If you cannot find some of my articles, let me know!

Alumni

Alumni of the College of Fellows / Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Alumni of the College of Fellows, 2020 - today

2021
Elise Coquereau-Saouma
Intercultural Studies
Philosophy

Fellow Profile

Affiliation: Intercultural Fellow am College of Fellows - Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Research Project: Interculturalizing our Selves: Inward and Outward Models

Research Areas: Contemporary Indian Philosophy, Modern and Contemporary Continental (French-German) Philosophy

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

Contact: elise.coquereau-saouma@cof.uni-tuebingen.de

Activities at the College of Fellows: Organization of the workshop Freedom from Others or Freedom with Others? Alienation, Independence and Liberation in Contemporary Indian Philosophy (11 and 13 December 2021); Organization of the GIP Lectures by Prof. Dr. Bhagat Oinam (18 November 2021) and Prof. Dr. Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (7 December 2021)

About: Elise Coquereau-Saouma works in the area of intercultural philosophy, within which she aims at creating spaces for voices from modern and contemporary Indian philosophy that remain at the margins of the global philosophical canon. Before being a Senior Research Fellow at the College of Fellows, she was a research affiliate at Jawaharlal Nehru University (New Delhi) and a Fellow of the PostDoc Track program of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. She graduated with a PhD from the University of Vienna and Charles University with a work on the saṃvāda experiments, or dialogical experiments between traditional Sanskrit-speaking Indian philosophers and English-trained Indian philosophers led by Daya Krishna. The results of this work will be published in two monographs for Routledge, Intercultural Dialogues: Conceptions, Divergences and Limits and Creativity of Knowledge and Intercultural Dialogue: Thinking with Daya Krishna. She is also the co-editor with E. Freschi of a special issue of Sophia on ‘The Challenge of Postcolonial Philosophy in India: Too Alien for Contemporary Philosophers, too Modern for Sanskritists?’ (2018).

Project: Theories in comparative, postcolonial and intercultural theories have not yet led to the integration of contemporary Anglophone Indian philosophy, neither in India nor globally. Neither are the texts available, nor are much secondary resources written, historical or philosophical, to comment the work of post-independence Indian academic philosophers. Paying attention to this lacuna, in the present project I reflect on the margins of our global philosophies and intercultural models that for now remain mostly developed in Western academia, where ‘Indian philosophy’ is restricted to its classical texts and concepts. I argue that the inclusion of contemporary Indian philosophy is not only historically just, but also helpful to think about intercultural models of conceiving our relation to Otherness. Indeed, intercultural theories such as Waldenfels’ distinguish between der Andere (other) and der Fremde (alien). Such theories explain that the intercultural Other is an ‘extra-ordinary’ phenomenon, beyond any categorical order and given understanding. For postcolonial cultures such as India, however, the question cannot be reduced to this alternative of an Other who is different from me and an alien who is radically elsewhere. The specificity of a colonial heritage implies an ‘own’ altered by the other, to the extent that the other became the own, but an own who is also different from the other, due to a process of alienation, hybridity of thoughts, in a search for authenticity. This leads to an interesting difference in conceiving intercultural models. For intercultural theories, the conception is organized around the idea of reaching cultural otherness. They aim at creating adequate forms able to engage with the Other without reducing her to one’s own conceptual framework. However, in a postcolonial world, it is no longer a question of reaching otherness, but of reconnecting with the own – the identity and unity of which raises great complexities. Thus, I propose to consider the differences between two models, the ‘outwardization’ of Otherness and the ‘inwardization’ of Otherness: the first considers that the Other is something out of my reach, that ought to be reached. In the inwardization model, the Other is already part of me, or I am already with her/him, and I have to ‘realize my essentiality’ with Others. The ‘inwardization’, ‘realization’, ‘seeking’ to become what I am by realizing that the reality has never been other than me, are frequent terms in twentieth century India. There two dimensions of my research meet, where the models for framing ‘global philosophy’ emerge from local reception of neglected philosophers.

Websites: https://uni-tuebingen1.academia.edu/EliseCoquereauSaouma  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2411-2010  https://www.dayakrishna.org/

Report: During my research stay at the College of Fellows (August-December 2021), I organised and moderated two lectures collaboratively organized by the College of Fellows and the Society for Intercultural Philosophy (GIP), delivered by Prof. Bhagat Oinam (Jawaharlal Nehru University) and Prof. Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad (Lancaster University): the recordings are available in the section Mediathek. I also organized, introduced and moderated the workshop Freedom from Others or Freedom with Others? Alienation, Independence and Liberation in Contemporary Indian Philosophy, on 11 and 13th December 2021. With these, I wanted to contribute to the Focus Group Intercultural Studies of the College. The two lectures were thought for a broad audience to engage with diverse Indian philosophies (classical Sanskrit texts and indigenous oral accounts from the North-East, in dialogue with phenomenological discourses). The workshop benefitted from the fellowship in Intercultural Studies at the College of Fellows in Tübingen to obtain an academic space that otherwise does not exist, in order to discuss specific developments within contemporary Indian philosophy. The openness of the College of Fellows and the freedom granted to researchers enabled our contemporary Indian research and discussions, and it also created a truly international platform, with most participants from India. Further workshops and conferences organized by my colleagues in Tübingen were fruitful opportunities to think collectively, raise methodological questions or discover new authors and concepts, which helped me clarify my own thoughts on interculturality.

 

In addition to these events at the College of Fellows, I delivered a lecture in the Course “Geschichte der Philosophie in globaler Perspektive” (History of Philosophy in a Global Perspective) in a seminar organized in cooperation between the Universities of Wuppertal, Freiburg and Hildesheim (online talk). My talk was meant to introduce historiography practiced in contemporary Indian philosophy with special regards to Surendranath Dasgupta’s opus magnum History of Indian Philosophy (in five volumes) and entitled :“How to write the ‘history’ of 3000 years of a subcontinent’s philosophies, in English, during colonization or in the wake of Independence, in one book?”, in a project to diversify the teachings of History of Philosophy up to what it should be, namely a truly global history. It has been an enriching and inspiring experience to see such collaboration between experts of all regional areas to work together for delivering one Course.


The research that was published during my stay is visible in the Publications section on this website, but I worked in the College of Fellows on three other publications which are forthcoming in 2022. The first one is entitled 'Witnessing and Realizing Pluralities' and will be published in J. Madaio and B. Black (Eds), Pluralism and Plurality in Classical and Contemporary India, London: Routledge. The second one is an article that I wrote which will be included in a book that I am editing with two colleagues from Tel-Aviv University, Daniel Raveh and Dor Miller. Our edited volume published by Routledge (London) is called Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya and the Making of Contemporary Indian Philosophy, and my article is entitled 'The Concept of Demand: Krishnachandra Bhattacharyya’s Inner Dialectical Force.' We met regularly to discuss, comment and proofread each contribution and proceed with the editing work during my stay. Finally, I am preparing an article, 'Intercultural Dialogue and Concreativity' for the Festschrift to Prof. Georg Stenger, edited by Lubomir Dunaj, Anke Graness and Murat Ates (Springer). I benefitted immensely from the excellent infrastructures of the College of Fellows that allowed me to focus and have the institutional space for writing these articles, as well as researching the literature required for it.


I also follow Hindi and Sanskrit classes and seminars to continue improving my language skills. Finally, I located and recorded multiple journals, articles and volumes in the field of contemporary Indian philosophy at the University of Tübingen that have had an impact on my publications this semester and will influence the development of my forthcoming research project.


The College of Fellows has provided me immediately with all the needed help and material I could think of. It has been overall an outstanding collegial 'home', and I am most grateful for its welcoming atmosphere and the receptiveness to research in non-classical, non-Western philosophies, and new ideas in general.

2020-2021
Hora Zabarjadi Sar
Intercultural Studies
Philosophy

Fellow Profile

Affiliation: Intercultural Fellow am College of Fellows - Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Research Project: To Which Home Do We Belong? Phenomenology of Interculturality and the Problematic of 'Belonging'

Research Areas: Western Philosophy, Phenomenology

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

Contact: hora.zabarjadi-sar@cof.uni-tuebingen.de

Activities at the College of Fellows: Member of the CoF Focus Groups 'Belonging' and 'Intercultural Studies'; Section Moderation at GIP Annual Conference 2021

About Hora: Dr. Hora Zabarjadi Sar completed her PhD at the University of Queensland in Australia in 2020 with the thesis "The Other at the Threshold: A Husserlian Analysis of Ethics and Violence in the Home/AlienEncounter." In her current research project, "To Which Home do We Belong? Phenomenology of Interculturality and the Problematic of 'Belonging'" she works from a phenomenological perspective in engagement with postcolonial theory on the 'culturally other'.

2020-2021
Ada Agada
Intercultural Studies
Philosophy

Fellow Profile

Affiliation: Intercultural Senior Fellow at the Center for Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Studies

Research Project: Consolationism in and beyond African Philosophy: A Systematic Approach to Intercultural Philosophy

Research Areas: African Philosophy, Phenomenology

Publications: Recent Fellow publications are listed in our Mediathek

Contact: ada.agadaspam prevention@ciis.uni-tuebingen.de

Activities at the College of Fellows: Member of the CoF Focus Group 'Intercultural Studies'

About Ada: Beginning with the summer semester 2019 until February 2021, Dr. Ada Agada is a Research Fellow at CIIS. Dr. Agada is a George Forster Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Dr. Agada's research project is entitled "Consolationism in and beyond African Philosophy: A Systematic Approach to Intercultural Philosophy." It is based on the thesis that African philosophy will only be able to assert its relevance in the age of globalization in the context of an intercultural perspective. The new school of thought of "Consolationalism" (philosophy of consolation) leaves behind the tension between tradition and modernity that has long characterized African philosophy. It therefore appears to be particularly suitable for elaborating the intercultural dimension of African philosophy.

New Book Publication! "Consolationism and Comparative African Philosophy: Beyond Universalism and Particularism". More

Alumni of the CIIS, 2008-2020

All Alumni at a Glance

Fellow 2019/2020
Dr. Eveline Cioflec

Fellow 2015/16
Prof. Dr. Sami Pihlström

Fellow 2011/2015
Prof. Dr. Workineh Kelbessa

Fellow 2008
Prof. Dr. F. LeRon Shults

Fellow 2018
Prof. Dr. James Ogude

Fellow 2015
Dr. Eveline Cioflec

Fellow 2010
Heikki Aleksanteri Kovalainen

Fellow 2008
Prof. Dr. Georg Stenger

Fellow 2014/15
Prof. Dr. Ryōsuke Ōhashi

Fellow 2012
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Stadler

Fellow 2009
Prof. Dr. Niels Henrik Gregersen

Fellow 2008
Prof. Dr. Kwasi Wiredu