Research Scholars at MCH
Arranged as per the joining date (with the latest appearing first)
Aashna Viswanathan is a PhD scholar embarking on her research which explores gender, sexuality and literary form in contemporary retellings of the Indian epics.
A raging feminist, a consummate fangirl and lover of all things punk-rock, Sre can be found at the nearest coffee shop. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. at MCH and working on the role of the family and the state in balancing motherhood and STEM careers.
Melvin Thomas is in a continuous attempt to understand himself better. His research focuses on the mental health of the student community and aims to make it a more inclusive and empathetic space for learning.
Abeer Khatoon is a PhD scholar looking at Arabism in contemporary Syrian television drama.
Anagha Anil is a PhD scholar whose research centers around the corpothetics of Communist iconography in contemporary Kerala.
Sandeep Dubey is a PhD scholar whose research engages with the discourse on madness in literary and philosophical traditions of South Asia; and attempts to articulate a poetics of madness.
Srijan Deshpande was a PhD scholar whose research aims to explore the tensions between tradition and continuity on the one hand and individual expression, innovation and creativity on the other in Hindustani Music.
Raghu Menon was a PhD scholar, working on the concept of time in the works of Gilles Deleuze.
Urmila G was a PhD scholar working on the literary works of three twentieth century Malayalam women writers- Lalithambika Antharjanam, Saraswati Amma and Rajelakshmi.
Yadukrishnan P T was a PhD scholar working on the construction and articulation of dominant caste identities in Malayalam cinema in the closing decades of the twentieth century.
Vivek Kumar Radhakrishnan was a PhD scholar and ICPR Junior Research Fellow (2019-21). He works on Kant's theory of moral motivation. His thesis explores the question of how human agents get motivated to perform moral actions from within Kant's moral theory.
Sonia Ghalian received her PhD from Manipal Centre for Humanities in 2019. Her thesis explores the nuances of representing children and childhood stories in the cinematic medium in the larger continuum of Indian cinema. She is presently Assistant Professor at Christ University, Bangalore, India.
Srajana Kaikini received her PhD from Manipal Centre for Humanities in 2019. Her doctoral research titled 'Arrangement of Objects. An Ontology of Contemporary Curatorial Practice' argues for a philosophy of curation with a focus on ontology of relations and is informed by her own practice as Curator. She is presently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Krea University.
Tapaswi HM received his PhD from Manipal Centre for Humanities in 2019. His thesis titled "Understanding Rasa (Aesthetic) Experience: Towards the Conceptualization of Contemporary Theatre Community in Karnataka" studies the Indian theory of Aesthetics with reference to contemporary drama theatre in Karnataka. He is presently an Assistant Professor at Nitte Institute of Communication.