Jannes Thode

Research Fel­low


Invali­den­straße 118
10115 Berlin


After grad­u­at­ing from high school in 2013, Jannes Thode com­plet­ed a vol­un­tary social year in Flens­burg. After­wards, he stud­ied BA Phi­los­o­phy and Social Sci­ences at the Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin since 2014. He grad­u­at­ed in April 2018 with the final the­sis: “Why there are no art­works, but we still can talk as if there were: A fic­tion­al­is­tic approach in the ontol­ogy of art­works.” Since the win­ter term 2017/18 he stud­ied MA Phi­los­o­phy and grad­u­at­ed in May 2023 with the final the­sis: “Hop­ing sub­jects”. In addi­tion to his MA stud­ies, he start­ed the BA Area Stud­ies Asia/Africa in 2019. He is cur­rent­ly employed as a stu­dent assis­tant at the Chair of “Kul­turen und Gesellschaften Südasiens”. He also teach­es the sem­i­nar “Puls der Nation — Nation und Nation­al­is­mus aus südasi­atis­ch­er Per­spek­tive” in the win­ter term 2023/24.

Dur­ing his phi­los­o­phy stud­ies, Jannes Thode increas­ing­ly focused on Marx­ist phi­los­o­phy and on ques­tions of sub­ject con­sti­tu­tion, ide­ol­o­gy, epis­te­mol­o­gy and their inter­con­nec­tions. This inter­est car­ried over into his area stud­ies, where he has devot­ed him­self pri­mar­i­ly to ques­tions of the­o­ret­i­cal con­cepts and the con­sti­tu­tion of sub­jects in larg­er con­texts of pow­er and dom­i­na­tion, increas­ing­ly con­sid­er­ing these in the con­text of Indi­an social rela­tions. In addi­tion, he has been learn­ing the Indi­an lan­guage Hin­di at the Hum­boldt-Uni­ver­sität zu Berlin since 2021.

Main Areas of Work

Jannes Thode has been part of the MIDA project since August 2022 and ini­tial­ly con­tributed to the pub­li­ca­tion and design of the edi­tion “Mod­ernes Indi­en in deutschen Archiv­en (MIDA): In Memo­ri­am Diet­mar Rother­mund.” Fur­ther­more, he takes care of the web­site and sup­ports the team in the new project to inves­ti­gate the asym­met­ric entan­gle­ments of Ger­man-Indi­an rela­tions in the (post)colonial context.