Euroculture Spotlight #1: ALBA thesis prize winner Adithya Pillai
02 Feb 2017
The first edition of the newly established Euroculture spotlight, which seeks to highlight interesting aspects of the programme and the people affiliated with it, features Adithya Pillai (Euroculture alumnus and winner of the ALBA thesis prize for the 2012-2014 cohort)* . Congratulations, Adithya! And thanks for taking the time to answer our questions.
What is your affiliation with Euroculture?
I’m an ex-Euroculture student and an ex-Erasmus Mundus scholarship recipient as well.
What is your current occupation?
I work at a government-funded arts and culture research organization called the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in New Delhi as a Research Assistant and Project Coordinator.
Where have you studied during Euroculture?
I’ve studied in Olomouc, Czech Republic, in the first semester, Strasbourg, France, in the second and fourth semesters and Göttingen, Germany, in the third semester.
Would you like to share something special about your Euroculture experience?
Beer with my Czech Professors (Martin, Antonin, Jitka!) and classmates, the trip to the museums in Paris (with Prof. Kostka and the students in Strasbourg), intensive ping-pong with friends from China, my stay in Berlin with a Euroculture classmate and her family, Munich with Ugandan-German classmates, Göttingen with my Taiwanese and Mexican friends and late nights at the SUB library, were all pretty special.
What did you like the most about Euroculture?
Besides getting to travel, relocating to another city every semester, the classroom discussions, meeting and interacting with students from countries and academic backgrounds I didn’t know much about, besides all that, I really appreciated the kind of academic freedom the course offered. It was quite new to me, the make-what-you-can-out-of-it DIY approach, where you get to select the disciplines, courses, universities, etc.
What did you do before Euroculture?
I did a Masters in Sociology from Pune University, India. I also worked for a bit at a content-writing company.
What are your plans for the future?
I hope to work towards a Ph.D.
Where is the best place you have traveled to and why?
I quite enjoyed travelling to the Swiss Alps with my family, the landscape was really quite unlike anything I had ever seen before.
*The Annual Liesbeth Brouwer Award (ALBA) for a MA Euroculture thesis is awarded to a thesis which, according to the jury’s opinion (the jury consists of the Directors of Studies of the participating network universities), most effectively and elegantly represents the “Euroculture” approach – that is, dealing with current European issues from a complex perspective and approaching the related problems in an interdisciplinary manner.
Liesbeth Brouwer (1953 – 2006) was an active and inspirational lecturer who contributed significantly and creatively to the development of the Euroculture programme – not only at the University of Groningen, but also within the network. In 2006 she passed away all too early. To honour her legacy, it has been decided to establish ALBA in memory of Liesbeth’s multi- and interdisciplinary contribution to the programme.