Sujaya Dhanvantari

Sujaya Dhanvantari

Part-time instructor

| Contemporary Studies

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Sujaya Dhanvantari Sujaya Dhanvantari

BA, MA (University of Toronto); PhD (Concordia University)

Sujaya Dhanvantari holds a doctorate in the Humanities from Concordia University, with a focus on existentialism, phenomenology, and decolonial and postcolonial theory. Her current project, building on her dissertation, examines the legacies of the existentialist philosophies of Simone de Beauvoir and Frantz Fanon as an inheritance for new revolutions. This work on the philosophical foundations of contemporary liberation struggles is informed by specializations in twentieth-century continental philosophy, critical race philosophy, feminist philosophy, and decolonial and postcolonial studies. Her theoretical and practical aim to imagine new forms of liberation is grounded in an attentiveness to the lived experiences of the oppressed.

Undertaking a new direction in her research, she is launching a study that engages the intersections of phenomenology, the philosophy of psychiatry, and the philosophy of neuroscience, to develop new approaches for identifying and addressing psychic suffering and trauma, related to the histories of racism, slavery, and colonization.

Dr. Dhanvantari has taught courses in global resistance movements, global culture, transnational feminism, and global English literatures. She is committed to promoting inclusivity in her teaching and research.


Selected Publications

“The Violent Origins of Psychic Trauma: Frantz Fanon’s Theory of Colonial Trauma and Catherine Malabou’s Concept of the New Wounded.” Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology. Special Issue: Critically Sick. In press, 2020.

“Diagnosing the Sociopolitical Wound: Frantz Fanon and Catherine Malabou.” Thinking Catherine Malabou: Passionate Detachments. Ed. Thomas Wormald and Isabell Dahms. London/New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018. 253-271.


Invited Talk 

“Negotiating Race and Gender in the Existentialist Philosophies of Beauvoir and Fanon.” The Inclusivity Project in the Department of Philosophy at Concordia University, March 6, 2020.