Dr. Rama Srinivasan
Dr. Rama Srinivasan is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow affiliated with Ca' Foscari University of Venice and University of Paris Nanterre. Her EC-funded project RE-NUP – Spousal Reunification and Integration Laws in Europe explores the extent to which cultural expertise facilitates and/or impedes the process of translating cultural norms on marriage and family structures from different regional and religious groups to state agents in the host country.
She is also a writer, educator and scholar with an expertise in gender, race and diversity issues. A traveller and global citizen at heart, Rama has lived for extended periods of time in three continents (Asia, North America, Europe). She worked as a journalist for four years in India before moving to Boston for a Master’s in Gender and Cultural Studies. She then went on to complete her PhD in Anthropology at Brown University in Providence. She moved to Germany in 2017 and joined the Soraya-Kandan network as a consultant in 2019.
As a student of Anthropology, Rama has gained expertise in analyzing cultural patterns, behaviour, signs and symbols while specifically focusing on the interdisciplinary field of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Between 2012 to 2017, she taught five courses and supported students in their efforts to incorporate cultural perspectives in fields ranging from global finance, aid economy to public health. She has closely mentored students from diverse ethnic and sexual minorities, especially on written and oral communication. She has organized teach-ins on sexual harassment and redressal mechanisms and served as a member on the Brown University’s Diversity and Inclusion Board.
Rama learned to negotiate dual identities and three languages early on. As a journalist she travelled extensively in rural and urban India before extending her travels to a global scale. Aided by a strong foundation in cultural theory as well as empirical research and teaching assignments, she has motivated students from backgrounds as diverse as an elite ‘ivy-league’ university and a rural, North Indian college for first-generation women in higher education. Her professional and personal experiences have aided her own successful integration with her husband’s family and community from Southeast Germany.