Prem Poddar

Prof. Dr. Dr.

  • Universitetsvej 1, 43.3

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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Personlig profil


I am Professor in Cultural Encounters at Roskilde University and  Alexander von Humboldt Senior Fellow in Germany. I grew up in the eastern Himalayas and have taught in India, Britain, and Denmark where I was Associate Professor in Postcolonial Studies at Aarhus. I have published widely on various themes and am the author of many books. I am now focusing on the cultural politics of the Himalayas, currently working on a monograph relating to India-China interfaces in the eastern borderlands as well as another on Spectrality in Asian Cinema. My continuing interest in ‘state’ and ‘nation’ as conceptual contexts for analyzing cultural representation forms the centre of my forthcoming work on the politics of the passport.

I am part of the India-China Conjunctures project.


Research Interests:

India and China: Himalayan Interfaces and Interactions

Passports and the Politics of Mobility

Indian Political Thought

Contemporary Theory, Culture and Literature

Spectrality, Nationalism, Borders, Migrancy


Nationalisms, old and new. Internationalism and Cosmopolitanisms.

Postcolonial Studies, Narratives of Resistance and Appropriation, Borders and Boundaries, Migration and Mobilities of ideas, people and things.

Stories of the Anthropocene, Extinction rebellions, clifi, etc.

Asia (esp., India-China interactions), Anglophone histories and literatures.

Internet studies, Visual Cultures, Textual Practices.

Concepts from Elsewhere.


Eksterne ansættelser

Visiting Professor, Universität Heidelberg

15 jun. 2020 → …

Confucius 'Understanding China' Fellow, Fudan University

1 aug. 20171 feb. 2018

Visiting Professor, Fudan University

1 aug. 20141 feb. 2015

Alexander von Humboldt, Senior Fellow

2 jul. 2010 → …

Carlsberg Fellow, University of Cambridge

1 aug. 20071 feb. 2008

Fellow, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

1 sep. 20051 feb. 2006


  • Kulturmøde, Multikulturalitet
  • Litteratur, Kunst, Musik, Æstetik
  • Historie, Samfundsforhold
  • Videnskabsteori, Videnskabshistorie, Videnskabssociologi, Forskningspolitik


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