Kalpana Rahita Seshadri
Specializes in Postcolonial Studies and theories of contemporary Globalization and relations of power. She teaches courses pertaining to British colonialism, colonial literature and non-western literatures in English. Her research field is the Philosophy of Race, focusing on questions of subjectivity, ethics, language and law. Courses include Global Englishes; Debates and Issues in Postcolonial Studies; British Literature and Postcolonial Criticism, Fictions of Empire. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of the PMLA, and co-chairs the Board of Directors of the GCWS at MIT.
- HumAnimal: Race, Law, Language. University of Minnesota Press 2012 (Post-Humanities Series edited by Cary Wolfe)
- Desiring Whiteness: A Lacanian Analysis of Race, London: Routledge 2000.
- The Pre-Occupation of Post-Colonial Studies Coeditor, Durham: Duke University Press, 2000.
- Selected Essays
- "Giorgio Agamben: Potenza or The Thought of Sterēsis" Critical Inquiry Winter 2014, Vol 40, Issue 2
- "The Power of Thought"; Translation from the Italian of Agamben's The Power of Thought; Vocation and Voice” Critical Inquiry, Winter 2014, Vol 40, Issue 2
- “Towards a Philosophical Anthropology of Non-Human Animals” PhiloSophia: A Journal of Feminist Philosphy vol 3, No. 2 Summer 2013 197-206
- “Animal Pedagogy and Learning By Heart” Environmental Philosophy” Vol 9, Issue 2, Fall 2012, 167-173.
- “Colonial Trauma and Literary Silence” Parallax Issue Volume 18, No. 4, pp. 67-77(11); 1 November 2012
- “The Time of Hospitality--Again” in Phenomenologies of the Stranger: Between Hostility and Hospitality ed. Richard Kearney and Kascha Semonovitch (Fordham University Press, 2011) 126-144.
- “Departures” Hospitality as Mediation” in Hosting the Stranger ed. Richard Kearney and James Taylor (NY: Continuum Press, 2011) 45-53.
- “Other/alterity: Lacan and Agamben on ethics, the subject and desubjectification” Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society Vol. 14, 1, 65–73 (2009)
- “When Home is a Camp: Global Sovereignty, Bio-Politics and Internally Displaced Persons” Social Text 26 (1 94): 29-58 (2008)
- “Spectacle of the Hidden: Michael Haneke’s Cache” Nottingham French Studies,. Vol 46, No.3, Autumn 2007, 32-48.
- “Blackface Politics: Identity and Free Speech in Spike Lee’s Bamboozled” Journal of Contemporary Thought, No. 23, Summer 2006, 177-201.
- “After Teresa Brennan” Living Attention: On Teresa Brennan eds. Alice A. Jardine, Shannon Lundeen and Kelly Oliver, NY; SUNY Press: 2007, 79-90.
- “Being Human: Bestiality, Anthropophagy and the Law” Umbr(a): A Journal of the Unconscious 2003. Special Issue on “Ignorance of the Law,” (97-114).
- “Thinking Against Race” in Studies in Practical Philosophy: A Journal of
Ethical and Political Thought, Volume 3, No. 1, 2003 (137-152).
- “I am a Master: Terrorism, Masculinity, and Political Violence in Fanon” in
Parallax Volume 8, No. 2, 2002 pp. 84-98.
- “The Ethics of Travel” in Between the Psyche and the Social: Psychoanalytic Social Theory, edited by Kelly Oliver and Steve Edwin. Lanham: Rowman and Littlefield. 2002
- “The Comedy of Domination: Psychoanalysis and the Conceit of Whiteness” Discourse , 19.2 Winter 1997 (134-162.) reprinted in The Psychoanalysis of Race ed. Christopher Lane New York: Columbia University Press, 1998.
- "At the Margins of Postcolonial Studies" Ariel special issue on "Postcolonialism and its Discontents" Vol. 26:3, July 1995 (47-71).
- "The Primitive As Analyst: Postcolonial Feminism's Access to Psychoanalysis." Cultural Critique No. 28: Fall 1994 (175-218).