Florian Schybilski, M.A.



Am Neuen Palais 10
Building 19, Room 0.25
14469 Potsdam


consulting hours
by individual appointment

I am currently preparing my PhD thesis on ‘Modernity as Salvation‘ in different postcolonial spaces supervised by prof. Dr. Dirk Wiemann (University of Potsdam).

In December 2017 I finished the MA program Anglophone Modernities in Literature and Culture at the University of Potsdam. In my thesis, I investigated the possibility for and reality of cosmopolitanisms in Dalit writing and activism. For my bachelor’s degree, I studied English and History at the University of Potsdam graduating in 2014. For my bachelor’s thesis I did a comparative study of the ideological representation of Dalit thought leader B.R. ‘Babasaheb’ Ambedkar in two graphic biographies. I have spent one year in India splitting this time between Delhi and Hyderabad.


Research interests:

Nation & Nationalism
Ideology and Forms of Resistance
Postcolonial Studies
Dalit Literature



  • Delhi – the Pre-colonial, Colonial, and Postcolonial Capital City
  • Caste Away: Writing Caste in India and Great Britain
  • A Private Empire? – Reading the East India Company
  • Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • Modernity as Salvation
  • Conflicting Bodies: Postcolonial Rewritings and Female Empowerment in Video Games


Recent academic projects

  • “'I Shall Mix Genres’ – Genre Politics in Meena Kandasamy’s The Gypsy Goddess” (Conference: Writing the Cosmopolitan Imagination, University of Delhi – December 2016)
  • "Dalit Human Literature/Dalit World Literature" (Conference: World Literature - Postcolonial Perspectives, University of Delhi, March 2018)
  • "'Modernity as Salvation' in Narendra Jadhav's Outcaste" (Conference: ASAS Conference, Ireland India Institute, April 2019)
  • Identification beyond the kala pani – Dalit Self-Assertion and Global Pop (ongoing)
  • "There is no Caste in Ambedkar's House" – Science Fiction and the Dr. Ambedkar National Memorial (ongoing)