Academic Advisory Board

Shail Mayaram   Santiago Castro-Gomez


Shail Mayaram is Honorary Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi and has been formerly Professor at the Centre. From 2019 to 2020, she was Co-Director of the International Center for Advanced Study (ICAS-MP), a Indo-German research collaboration of six Indian and German institutions. Her research include sub-altern pasts and moral imaginations of peasant, pastoral and forest-based communities. Furthermore, she is interested in Indic and Islamic knowledge traditions and works on Non/Political Islam, Heresy, and Martyrdom.



Santiago Castro-Gómez is a Colombian philosopher known for his genealogical work on colonial legacies in Colombia and for his critical studies on political philosophy. He studied philosophy at the Universidad Santo Tomás de Bogotá and at the University of Tübingen before he earned his doctorate at the Goethe-Universität in Frankfurt. Upon his return to Colombia he has been a professor at the Javeriana and Santo Tomás universities in Bogotá, as well as a researcher at the Instituto Pensar.

Christof Mauch   Elaine Scarry


Christof Mauch is Director of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society and Chair in American Culture at LMU Munich. He is President of the Foundation for Transatlantic Culture and Politics, an Honorary Professor at Renmin University in China, a former Director of the German Historical Institute in Washington, D.C. and a Past President of the European Society for Environmental History. Mauch holds a Dr. phil. in Modern Literature (from Tübingen University) and a Dr. phil. habil in Modern History (from Cologne University). His current research interests include global and US environmental history and US culture and politics.

Profile on the web page of the Rachel Carson Center



Elaine Scarry is the Cabot Professor of Aesthetics at Harvard University. Her work has two central subjects, the nature of physical injury and the nature of human creation. The Body in Pain argues that the willful infliction of pain is the opposite of creation, since it apes and inverts the ordinary work of the imagination. On Beauty and Being Just argues that beauty and justice are alike in having "injury" or "injustice" as their opposite. Thermonuclear Monarchy: Choosing between Democracy and Doom shows that nuclear weapons and democratic governance are mutually exclusive; it specifies the constitutional tools available for dismantling the country’s nuclear architecture.



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