Dr Asha Varadharajan

IASH-SSPS Visiting Research Fellow

Dr Asha Varadharajan (Queen's University, Canada)
IASH-SSPS Visiting Research Fellow Junaury - December 2019



Rights on the Move: Identity, Habitation and Affect in “Refugeedom”’
UN refugee policy arguably hurts as much as it helps.  Its distinction between secure citizens and hapless refugees ignores precarious lives within the "refuge" of the State.  I address the overlaps rather than only the differences between safe and perilous migration to explore alternate modes of dwelling and habitation.

Asha Varadharajan is Associate Professor of English at Queen's University, Canada.  She is the author of Exotic Parodies: Subjectivity in Adorno, Said, and Spivak . Her writing and public speaking engage the broad sweep of postcolonial, cosmopolitan, global, secular, rights, migration and development debates. Her most recent essays appear in The Puritan, Cultural StudiesCollege LiteratureKunapipiUniversity of Toronto QuarterlyTOPIACSSAAME, and Modern Language Quarterly.  She has contributed chapters to books on human rights, biopolitics, and intercultural discourse. Her most recent essays appear in The SAGE Handbook on The Frankfurt School (2018)and Decolonization and Feminisms in Global Teaching and Learning (Routledge 2018). The most fun she has had writing was while composing her chapter on Eric Idle for the Dictionary of Literary Biography. The most chuffed she has been lately was when her students nominated her for the W.J. Barnes award for excellence in undergraduate teaching.