Narendran Kumarakulasingam

Adjunct Instructor

Narendran Kumarakulasingam holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the School of International Service at American University in Washington, DC.  He is a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Refugee Studies, York University (2014-2017); an Honorary Research Fellow with the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban (2015-2018); and an Associate Editor of Journal of Narrative Politics. Prior to his relocation to Waterloo, he was Assistant Professor at American University where he taught courses on world politics, colonialism in international relations, human geography, international political economy and research methods.

Naren’s course on Settler Colonialism and Violence emerges out of his study of the disciplinary world of International Relations, and of his life experiences in Canada and the United States over the last twenty-odd years. He is interested in how (what the philosopher Charles Mills calls) “white ignorance” deeply shapes disciplinary and professional thinking about issues of violence and peace. The course invites students to recognize, grapple with, and maybe even unlearn the myriad ways in which the colonial is ingrained in our concepts, perceptions, and emotions, and thus structures our relationships to land and others.

Research interests:

  • Global politics of mass atrocity
  •  Decolonial and post-colonial international relations
  • South Asian politics
  • Social histories of indigenous plants
  • Narrative writing, auto-ethnography

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