Ajay Parasram

Ajay Parasram

Assistant Professor, Departments of International Development Studies and History, Dalhousie University, K’jipuktuk (Halifax)

Ajay’s current research explores contemporary sites of postcolonial insecurity and their antecedents in the political economy of modern state formation in the 19th century. He is working on his first book concerned with colonial state formation tentatively titled “Becoming The State,” in which he looks for the colonial origins of the contemporary norm of unitary sovereignty in colonial and anti-colonial politics connecting Ceylon (Sri Lanka) to broader movements of people, ideas, and production models in the global political economy of the early-mid 19th century. Currently, he is also working on the moral and political implications of pluriversal conceptions of sovereignty in settler-colonial Canada and the politics of race in international relations theory. He maintains an active interest in citizenship and global migration studies. Ajay teaches courses on these and related topics in the departments of International Development Studies and History, including “The Development of Development”, “Histories of The State,” “Development & Activism” as well as various courses concerned with the South Asian region more generally.


Parasram, A.  “Orbits of Influence: The Sino-Indian Waltz in South/Southeast Asian New Regionalism,” in Huhua Cao and Jeremy Paltiel (eds), Facing China as a New Global Superpower: Domestic and International Dynamics from a Multidisciplinary Angle. Beijing: Springer Publishing, 2016.

Parasram, A. “We Nah’ Want No Devil Philosophy” Symposium on The Black Pacific: Anti-Colonial Struggles and Oceanic Connections by Robbie Shilliam. The Disorder of Things: For the Relentless Criticism of All Existing Conditions Published Feb. 1, 2016, available online: http://goo.gl/vFgl3Q

Parasram, A. “Postcolonial Territory and the Coloniality of the State,”Caribbean Journal of International Relations & Diplomacy 2/4(2014): 51 – 79 


Parasram, A. “Developing Development: Liberal ‘Improvement,’ (Anti)Colonialism, and Land” International Studies Association March 16 – 19, 2016. Atlanta.

Parasram, A. and Rojas, C.   “The Postcolonial, or the Pluriverse? Conversations between Postcolonial and Decolonial Thinking” Roundtable convener. International Studies Association March 16 – 19, 2016. Atlanta.

Parasram, A.   “Galactic Sovereignty and Ontological Collision” Transitions to the Pluriverse: Contributions from Actor-Network Theory and Political Ontology. Faculty of Public Affairs Research Excellence Symposium, Carleton University, Ottawa. Feb. 24 2016. Available online: http://goo.gl/ghr37k