School of Human Studies
I’m broadly interested in research that looks at psychosocial dynamics – the manner in which subjectivity is implicated in social, cultural and political processes/structures. My earlier work straddled sociology and cultural psychology (youth sociology). My current interests focus on the psycho-politics of gender and sexuality (queer and heterosexual), especially through the analytical tools offered by psychoanalysis and discourse analysis.
Identity/ self, love and other intimacies, the everyday, the life-course and politics/activism across structural and everyday realms are abiding interests (for prospective research student). My theoretical anchoring is (currently) in queer theory, feminism, psychoanalysis, post-structuralism and social constructionism.
Popular Media Publications:
Karollil, M. 2020. “Queer Heterosexual, Heterosexual Queer: Two Tales of Queer Love, A 100 Years Apart”, In Plainspeak: A Digital Magazine on Sexuality in the Global South, December 1, 2020.
2021 “What the Ghost Wants: A Story of Inter-generational Secret-keeping, Reckoning and Redemption in C. Ayyappan’s ‘Spectral Speech’”at Psychosocial Bodies, a conference of the Association of Psychosocial Bodies (organized online by Essex University, UK), 9th July 2021
2021 “Monstrous Femininity and Unconscious Male Ambivalence: An Examination of the Yakshi Lores” at Power, (In) Equality and Cultures of Resistance: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Humanities and Social Sciences, organized by Sharda University, Uttar Pradesh, 28-29th March, 2021 (Online)
2020 Invited lecture on “Grounded Theory” organized by the School of Habitat Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences for a Research Methodology course, October 6th 2020. (Online)
2020. Moderator at the talk “India Queer”, by Prof. Shivaji Panikker, organized by Ekalokam Trust for Photography, 23rd September 2020 (Online)
2020. “Power, Love/Desire and Gender: A Feminist Psychoanalytic Reading of Rituparno Ghosh's Chitrangada and Tagore's Chitra” at Preaching to the Choir 2020: An International LGBTQ+ Psychology & Related Social Sciences Conference, SOGII ( of Canadian Psychological Association), 15th-20th July 2020. (Online)
2020. “Digital (Sexual) Violence Against Women: A Psycho-Feminist Response”. Paper presented in the Violence and Constitutional Values panel of the IAWS XVI National Conference on Women’s Studies, National Law University, Delhi. 28th - 31st January, 2020.
Courses Taught at AUD: