Philosophische Fakultät

Communitarian approaches in the Global South - Communal Life, Buen Vivir, Ubuntu, Ghambira and Wellbeing

Monday 20 July / 1:00pm - 3:00 pm (Germany & South Africa) / 4:30pm - 6:30pm (India) 

Conference Panel with:

Dr. Robert Kramm (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München):  Past Futures: “Wellbeing” in Radical Utopian Vision and Practice in Early Twentieth Century Communal Life

Dr. Femi Eromosele (University of Pretoria): What Has Ubuntu Got to Do with It?: Madness and the Discourse of Rights and Identity

Dolon Sakar (Jawaharlal Nehru University): Cultural Institution and Rural Governance: A Study of Gambhira of North Bengal, India

Adrian Ravzan Sandru (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen): Philosophical foundations of "Buen Vivir" and compare with Mexican existentialism and liberation philosophy and theology.

Moderation by Birgit Hoinle (Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen)

Biographies of Speakers

Robert Kramm

Robert Kramm holds a doctoral degree in history from ETH Zurich and is currently Freigeist- Fellow and Principal Investigator of the research group “Radical Utopian Communities” at the School of History, LMU Munich. He received his B.A. and M.A., also in history, from the University of Erfurt, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Kulturwissenschaftliches Kolleg/Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Konstanz, and, most recently, in the Society of Fellows in the Humanities at the University of Hong Kong. His field is global history of the 19th and 20th-centuries with a regional expertise in modern East Asia/Japan focusing on cultural history of the body and the history of everyday life. His first book is Sanitized Sex: Regulating Prostitution, Venereal Disease, and Intimacy during the Occupation of Japan, 1945-1952 (University of California Press, 2017), and he co-edited the volume Global Anti- Vice Activism: Fighting Drinks, Drugs, and ‘Immorality’ (Cambridge University Press, 2016). His peer-reviewed articles appear in the Journal of World History, Journal of Women’s History, Modern Asian Studies, and Geschichte und Gesellschaft

Femi Eromosele

Femi Eromosele recently completed his PhD in African literature at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and is presently a postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship of the University of Pretoria. His research is largely situated at the intersection of literature and discourses of illness and health. He is also interested in popular cultural expressions such as the music video. 

Adrian Ravzan Sandru

Adrian Ravzan Sandru is a PhD student at the University of Tübingen, writing his dissertation on the possibility and the implications of excessive experiences – from aesthetical phenomena to political ones. He specializes in German Idealism and Phenomenology. He also has a high interest in intercultural, crosscultural, and postcolonial philosophies and he has cooperated with the Gesellschaft für interkulturelle Philosophie regarding the organization of conferences on the above topics.

Dolon Sarkar

Dolon Sarkar is a PhD Scholar in Theatre and Performance Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, India. His areas of interest are Dalit Theatre and Cultural Performances, Rural Governance and Regional Theatre. He is currently writing a doctoral thesis on Gambhira and Rural Governance in North Bengal, India.