(MA, PhD (Heidelberg))
Dr. Lion König is a DFG-Postdoctoral Research Fellow at St. Antony’s College, and an Associate Member of the Department of Politics and International Relations, the University of Oxford. Prior to joining Oxford he taught at Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Lion König is an Associate Researcher at the South Asia Institute, Department of Political Science, and at the Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’, both Heidelberg University. He studied political science and English literature and linguistics at the University of Edinburgh and at Heidelberg University, where he completed his doctoral work on the concept of ‘cultural citizenship’ in India in 2013.
Lion König has held research fellowships at the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) in 2011, as well as at the Institute of Social Sciences (ISS), and at the Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH), all in New Delhi, in 2014.
His areas of interest include political theory, interdisciplinary- and area studies, as well as nation-building, identity, cultural politics and political iconography in the Indian and the larger South Asian context.
DFG-Postdoctoral Research Fellow; St. Antony’s College, The University of Oxford (since 2016)
Adjunct Faculty: Centre for Culture, Media, and Governance (CCMG), Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi (2014-2015)
Visiting Faculty: Centre for the Study of Law and Governance (CSLG), Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (2014)
Institute of Social Sciences (ISS), Centre for Multilevel Federalism, New Delhi, India; Visiting Research Fellow; May-July 2014
Centre des Sciences Humaines (Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities, CSH), New Delhi, India; Visiting Research Fellow; March- July2014
South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), Brussels, Belgium; Research Fellow; 2012-2014
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), Internal Security Cluster, New Delhi, India; Visiting Research Fellow; September-December 2011
South Asia Institute, Heidelberg University; Associate Researcher; since 2014
Cluster of Excellence, ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’, Heidelberg University; Associate Researcher; since 2013
Institute for Language and Communication Studies (ILCS), Izmir, Turkey; International Relations Coordinator and Germany Country Representative; since 2012
Orbis Economics (India Economy Research Firm), New Delhi/Gurgaon; Consultant; since 2011
Cultural Citizenship in India: Politics, Power, and Media (New Delhi: Oxford University Press), 2016.
Edited Books and Journal Issues
Politics of the ‘Other’ in India and China: Western Concepts in Non-Western Contexts
(London: Routledge, 2016); co-edited with Bidisha Chaudhuri.
Globalisation and Governance in India: New Challenges to Society and Institutions
(London: Routledge, 2016); co-edited with Harihar Bhattacharyya.
Politics in South Asia: Culture, Rationality, and Conceptual Flow
(Heidelberg: Springer, 2015); co-edited.
The Politics of Citizenship, Identity, and the State in South Asia
(New Delhi: Samskriti, 2012); co-edited with Harihar Bhattacharyya and Anja Kluge.
Discourses of Transculturality: Ideas, Institutions and Practices in India and China
(Special Journal Issue: Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics, no. 67, 2012, ISSN: 16175069); co-edited with Bidisha Chaudhuri; Web link: http://hpsacp.uni-hd.de/
Stretching Secularism: Conceptual Ambiguity in the Indian Context, in: Lion König and Bidisha Chaudhuri (eds.) Politics of the ‘Other’ in India and China: Western Concepts in Non-Western Contexts (London: Routledge, 2016), pp. 31-47.
Cultural Globalization in India: Towards a ‘Third Space’, in: Harihar Bhattacharyya and Lion König (eds.) Globalisation and Governance in India: New Challenges to Society and Institutions (London: Routledge, 2016), pp. 42-54.
The Nation and its Icons: Marianne, Bharat Mata and Beyond, in: Lipi Ghosh and Rila Mukherjee (eds.) Rethinking Connectivity: Region, Place, and Space in Asia (New Delhi: Primus, 2016); co-author, with Subrata K. Mitra.
‘Cultural Citizenship’ and Media Representation in India: Towards a Trans-Policy Approach, in: Antje Flüchter and Jivanta Schöttli (eds.) The Dynamics of Transculturality: Concepts and Institutions in Motion (Heidelberg: Springer, 2015), pp. 137-156.
Governance for Peace: A Culturalist Approach, in: Siegfried O. Wolf, Paulo Casaca, Anne J. Flanagan, and Cátia Rodrigues (eds.) The Merits of Regional Cooperation: The Case of South Asia (Heidelberg: Springer, 2014), pp. 23-34.
Culture, Conflict and Citizenship: Global Lessons from the Indian Case?, in: Lillian Mwanri and Jacob Waldenmaier (eds.) Complex Migration of Global Citizens (Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, 2014, E-Book), pp. 13-23.
Icons, Nations and Re-use: Marianne, France and Bharat Mata, India, in: Julia A. B. Hegewald and Subrata K. Mitra (eds.) Re-use: The Art and Politics of Integration and Anxiety (New Delhi: Sage, 2012), pp. 288-313; co-author with Subrata K. Mitra.
Media, Identity and the Nation-State: Exploring “Cultural Citizenship” in India, in: Harihar Bhattacharyya, Anja Kluge, and Lion König (eds.) The Politics of Citizenship, Identity, and the State in South Asia (New Delhi: Samskriti, 2012), pp. 67-83.
Cultural Citizenship in India: Communicating Identities, in: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Language and Communication: Research Trends and Challenges(Erzurum: Mega Press, 2012), pp. 2795-2805.
Presentations at International Conferences
International Political Science (IPSA) World Congress, Poznan, Poland. 23-28 July 2016. Panel: ‘Politics of the Other in India and China: Western Concepts in Non-Western Contexts’. Lecture titled: ‘Stretching Secularism: Conceptual Equivocality in the Indian Context’, 24 July 2016.
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. ‘Media and Minorities: Text, Context, and Discourse’, 13-14 October 2015. Panel: Rethinking Media and Exclusion: Is a Peace Paradigm Possible?’ Lecture titled: ‘The Nation as Discursive Community: Culture, Crossing, and Contestation’, 14 October 2015.
South Asian University (SAU)/Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. ‘Performative Communication: Culture and Politics in South Asia’, 20-21 January 2015. ‘Plenary Session: ‘Contesting Theory and Confronting Method’. Lecture titled: ‘Performing to Belong: The Negotiation of Citizenship in the Cultural Sphere’, 20 January 2015.
Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS), Shimla. ‘The Power of Communication: The Media, Public Space and Participatory Democracy’ 13-14 October 2014. Panel: ‘The Media and the Public’. Lecture titled: ‘Claiming Public Space: “Grassroots Comics” and Participatory Democracy in India’, 14 October 2014.
University of Zurich, Switzerland. European Conference on South Asian Studies (ECSAS). 23-26 July 2014. Panel: ‘Certifications of Citizenship in South Asia: The History, Politics, and Materiality of Identity Documents’. Lecture titled: ‘From Community- to Individual Citizenship: The Politics of the AADHAR Scheme in India’ (Joint Paper with Bidisha Chaudhuri), 26 July 2014.
Royal Holloway, University of London, United Kingdom. British Association for South Asian Studies (BASAS). 02-04 April 2014. Panel: ‘Patterns of Conflict in South Asia: National and International Dimensions’ (Panel Organizer, Chair, and Discussant). Lecture titled: ‘Communal Violence and Cognitive Clashes in India: Hindus, Muslims, and the Conceptual Problem of Secularism’, 03 April 2014.
Oxford University, Mansfield College, United Kingdom. ‘Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging’, 01-03 September 2013. Lecture titled: ‘Culture, Conflict and Citizenship: Global Lessons from the Indian Case?’, 02 September 2013.
University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), United Kingdom. International Communication Association (ICA) ‘New Media, Old Media, Social Media: Changing South Asian Communications Scholarship’, 16-17 June 2013. Lecture titled: ‘Comics as Socio-Political Media: A Case Study of “Grassroots Comics”, India’, 16 June 2013.
University of Mainz, Germany. ‘Discursive Crossings: Subversion and Affirmation of Power Relations’, 19-20 October 2012. Lecture titled: ‘Let a Thousand Ramayanas Bloom: Crossing, Belonging and the Contested Space of India’s Great Epic’, 20 October 2012.
South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), Brussels, Belgium. ‘The Merits of Regional Cooperation—The Case of South Asia’, 11 October 2012. Lecture titled: ‘Governance for Peace—A Culturalist Approach’. Lecture available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53k3NmksKk
Izmir University, Turkey. Institute of Language and Communication Studies (ILCS). ‘International Symposium on Language and Communication: Research Trends and Challenges’, 10-13 June 2012. Lecture titled: ‘Cultural Citizenship in India—Communicating Identities’, 11 June 2012.
Joint Conference of the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) and the International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS), Honolulu, USA: Co-organizer of a panel titled: ‘Shifting Facets of Governance in Asia: A Transcultural Perspective’, March 31-April 3, 2011. Lecture entitled: ‘Governance in the Age of the Mass Media: Indian (National) Identity at the Crossroads?’, 31 March 2011.
University of St. Gallen, Switzerland. ‘Emerge 2010—India’, 19-20 November 2010. Lecture titled: ‘Modern Economy meets Traditional Society: Balancing Progress, Order and Identity in Contemporary India’; Conduction of a workshop with student participants of the conference on the topic on 19 November 2010.
University of Rostock, Germany: ‘Constituting Political Spaces of Communication through Text and Image’, 30 October 2010. Lecture titled: ‘Lesbian and Indian: The Construction of Citizen Identity in the Indian Media Discourse’.
University of Toronto, Canada. ‘Neither Strange nor Familiar: Contemporary Approaches to Hybridity’, 23 October 2010. Lecture titled: ‘Hybridizing the Media Sphere: Implications for Citizenship in India’.
Heidelberg University, Germany. Annual Conference of the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe”, 7 October 2010. Lecture titled: “Breaking up the Pseudo Community: Cultural Citizenship and Media Empowerment in India—Challenges and Opportunities”.
Association for Asian Studies, Philadelphia, USA. Annual Conference, 26 March 2010. Lecture titled: ‘The Power to Censor: Contestations of Citizen-making and Identity in the Indian Context’
Jawaharlal Nehru University, Centre for Political Studies (CPS), New Delhi. Lecture titled: ‘Deliberating “Political Studies”: The Case of Citizenship Research in India’, 04 March 2015.
Institute of Social Sciences (ISS), New Delhi. Lecture titled: ‘Citizenship and Nation-building in India: Past Achievements and Future Challenges’, 10 February 2015.
University of Hyderabad, Department of Communication. Lecture titled: ‘Communicating Identities: Cultural Citizenship as an Analytical Framework for Media Inclusivity’, 05 February 2015.
University of Hyderabad. Sarojini Naidu School of Arts & Communication. Lecture titled: ‘Understanding the Nation through Her Images: An Exploration into India’s Visual Archive’, 04 February, 2015.
Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi. Lecture titled: ‘Political Iconography in France and India: A Comparative Perspective’, 16 May 2014.
Thapar University, Dera Bassi, India. L.M. Thapar School of Management. Lecture titled: ‘Political Economy of India: Challenges of the Twenty-first Century’, 18 March 2014.
Shiv Nadar University, Noida, India. School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Lecture titled: ‘Citizenship and the Interdisciplinary of Political Science: Sketching a New Research Agenda’, 12 March 2014.
Heidelberg University, Peterskirche Heidelberg. Lecture titled: ‘Wer ist Mutter Indien?’ (Who is Bharat Mata?), (Part of the Lecture Series on Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the South Asia Institute), 30 May 2012.
Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA), New Delhi. Lecture titled: ‘Cultural Citizenship in India: From Theory to Policy’ (chaired by Professor T.K. Oommen), 16 December 2011.
Centre for Rural Research and Industrial Development (CRRID), Chandigarh. Lecture titled: ‘Indian Citizenship as Conceptual Flow: From Theory to Findings’, 25 February 2011.
Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi, Department of Political Science. Lecture titled: ‘Minorities vs. Media Mainstream: A Research Agenda for “Cultural Citizenship” in India’, 22 February 2011.
The University of Burdwan, India. Department of Political Science. Lecture titled: ‘Cultural Citizenship and the Politics of Censorship in India: Theory, Methodology and Findings’, 22 September 2010.
Heidelberg University, Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe’: Research Area D Jour fixe: ‘The Tyranny of Labels—Cultures between Purity and Entanglement’. Lecture titled: ‘Purity as Opportunity? Liberal Ideas in the Light of Political Realities’, 24 June 2010.
Academic Workshops Held
Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Academic Staff College. Research Seminar: ‘Interdisciplinary Refresher Course in Media Studies and Governance’. Conduction of Workshops on ‘Exploring Citizenship in the Indian Context’; ‘Cultural Citizenship and the Media’, and ‘Visualization of the Nation in India and France’, 13 + 15 January 2015.
North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Tura, Meghalaya. Research Seminar: ‘Capacity-Building Workshop on Critical Research Thought Process’. Conduction of Workshops on ‘Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches to the Study of Citizenship’ and ‘Research Ethics’, 28-30 November 2014.
Tezpur University, Tezpur, Assam. Research Seminar: ‘Research Methodology Course in Social Sciences’. Conduction of Workshops on ‘Research Design’; ‘Research Process’ and the ‘Analysis of Social Phenomena’, 24-26 November 2014.
Chair and Discussant at International Conferences
International Political Science (IPSA) World Congress, Poznan, Poland. 23-28 July 2016. Discussant of the panel titled: ‘The International Development for Equality in the Asia-Pacific: Power Inequalities, Resource-Differentials and Common Problems’, Chair: Dr. Teh-Kuang Chang, 25 July 2016.
SciencesPo, Centre de Recherches Internationales (CERI) Paris. International Graduate Conference: ‘Politics in South Asia: International and Domestic Dimensions, 8-10 June 2016. Discussant of the panel titled: ‘Nationalism and Mobilisations’, Chair: Dr. 10 June 2016.
South Asian University (SAU)/Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. Conference: ‘Performative Communication: Culture and Politics in South Asia’, 20-21 January 2015. Chair of the session titled: ‘Culture, Power, and Resistance’, 21 January 2015.
Heidelberg Papers in South Asian and Comparative Politics (HPSACP) (ISSN: 1617-5069) (since 2014).
Journal of American Studies: Eurasian Perspectives (JASEP) ISSN: 2147-3498 (since 2013).
Member, Steering Committee of Conference ‘Multiculturalism, Conflict and Belonging’, held at Mansfield College, Oxford, 11-13 September 2014.
Member, Organisation Committee of International Symposium ‘Language and Communication: Exploring Novelties’, held at Ege University, Atatürk Culture Centre in Izmir, Turkey, 17-19 June 2013.
DFG (German Research Council) Fellowship for Postdoctoral Research at the University of Oxford. Awarded in 2016 for a period of two years.
Heidelberg University. Cluster of Excellence ‘Asia and Europe in a Global Context’. Doctoral Fellowship. Awarded in 2009 for a period of three years.
Heidelberg University. South Asia Institute. Erasmus Fellowship for Undergraduate Studies at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Awarded in 2006 for a period of one year.