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Research Fellowship for Dr. Lion König
Dr. Lion König has been awarded a research fellowship by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council, DFG) to undertake postdoctoral research at Oxford University. He will be based at the Asian Studies Centre at St. Antony’s College, Oxford for a period of two years to work on nation-building in South Asia. At Oxford, he will be mentored by Dr. Faisal Devji, Director of the Asian Studies Programme.
The postdoctoral work takes Lion König beyond his doctoral work where he explored the concept of cultural citizenship in India and the role which different mass and non-mass media play in the construction and negotiation of the citizen of the Indian Republic. His new project looks at larger fundamentals of nation-building from a theoretical, an institutional, and an iconographic perspective, using India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as case studies. The dissimilar developments in the three countries will provide rich comparative insight into strategies of nation-building, while the theoretical-methodological breadth of the work, which draws on political science as well as cultural studies, contributes to the furthering of interdisciplinary approaches in the social sciences.  

Dr. Lion König is an Associate Researcher of the South Asia Institute (SAI) and of the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’. He has co-edited The Politics of the ‘Other’ in India China: Western Concepts in Non-Western Contexts (Routledge, 2016), Globalisation and Governance in India: New Challenges to Society and Institutions (Routledge, 2016), Politics in South Asia: Culture, Rationality and Conceptual Flow (Springer, 2015), and The Politics of Citizenship, Identity and the State in South Asia (Samskriti, 2012). His monograph Cultural Citizenship in India: Politics, Power, and Media is going to be published by Oxford University Press in May 2016.
12 Apr 2016
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