Kanchana Mahadevan

Professorin für Philosophie an der Universität Mumbai (Indien)

Aufenthalt am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
April/Mai 2018

Forschungsthema am Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:
»The Secular and the Post-secular: Gendered Inscriptions, Indo-European Contexts«

My research project at Frankfurt and the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften explores the possibility of rethinking political freedom by engaging with women of faith. It compares the gendered assumptions underlying debates on the post-secular (in the West) and the secular (in India). Although these debates have reassessed freedom of faith in contexts of religious tolerance and pluralism, they have neglected gender. Mainstream feminists have also tended to side-step women’s relation to faith. However, the significance of this relation is evident from the focus on women in secular law, religious extremism and reform. Besides, as feminist studies on religion reveal, women of faith are agents in their own right. This project attempts to unravel this agency through a hermeneutics of liberating religious narratives by women (such as saint traditions) in diverse social contexts. It also simultaneously re-conceptualizes the freedom of faith implicit in such agency. (Kanchana Mahadevan)

Förderung des Aufenthaltes:
DFG-Kollegforschergruppe »Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global«

Wissenschaftliches Profil von Kanchana Mahadevan

Kanchana Mahadevan ist gegenwärtig Professorin am Institut für Philosophie der Universität Mumbai. Sie publiziert in den Bereichen Gender Studies, Kritische Theorie, Politisches Denken und Filmtheorie. Zuvor war sie Gastprofessorin am Department of Political Science & Centre for Ethics and Global Politics der Universität LUISS in Rom.

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Kontinentaleuropäische Philosophie mit dem Fokus auf ethische und erkenntnistheoretische Fragen und die politische Philosophie

Veröffentlichungen (Auswahl):
  1. »Constitutional Patriotism and Political Membership: A feminist decolonization of Habermas and Benhabib«, In: Margaret McLaren (Hg.): Decolonizing Feminism, London & New York: Rowman and Littlefield, 2017.
  2. »Contextual Empiricism and local Community: Postcolonial Reflections on Longino«, In: Gita Chadha und Sumi Krishna (Hg.): Feminists and Science, Bd. 2, Neu-Delhi: Sage Publications, 2017.
  3. (mit Kamala Ganesh), »Beyond diasporic Boundaries: New Masculinities in Global Bollywood«, In: Elke Mader, Bernard Fuchs und Rajinder Dudrah (Hg.): SRK and Global Bollywood, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2015.
  4. »K.C. Bhattacharya and Spivak on Kant: Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives, Lessons and Prospects«, In: Sharad Deshpande (Hg.), Philosophy in Colonial India, Neu-Delhi: Springer, 2015.
  5. Between Femininity and Feminism: Colonial and Postcolonial Perspectives on Care, New Delhi: Indian Council of Philosophical Research & D.K. Printworld, 2014.
  6. »Feminist Solidarity in India: Communitarian Challenges and Postnational Prospects«, In: Tom Bailey (Hg.): Deprovincializing Habermas, London, New York und Neu-Delhi: Routledge, 2013.