The past three decades have seen a spate of publications that have attempted to theorize various aspects of Indian media. We are witnessing a thriving field of media research at the crossroads of a variety of academic disciplines including Anthropology, History, Sociology, Political Science, Cultural Studies, Media Studies and Communication Studies. This is an opportune moment to take stock of this rich and growing field and to create new frames that will help us better understand media’s role in the making of contemporary India. For the purpose of this seminar ‘media studies’ will refer to work on television, radio, print, web and social media as well as the more cognate fields of mobile telephony, advertising, public relations and informatics. Rather than considering these media forms and communication practices in isolation, the conference intends to look into the larger contexts where such forms and practices converge in technologies, expertise, entrepreneurial endeavors, markets and reception to produce a mediated social framework.Cyber cultures and digital technologies particularly characterize such a framework in our times, demanding a critical, inter-disciplinary engagement with media as a whole.The conference will consist of 8 single-session panels tentatively structured around the following themes: Media histories; Media pedagogy; Media industries; Audiences and Publics; Regional and Vernacular Media; Alternative Media; Media Law; New/Digital Media, and India in Global Media.
The conference is being co-sponsored by the National University of Singapore, The University of Michigan, The University of Oregon and Westminster University. The organizers hope to publish an edited volume based on the conference proceedings which will provide a comprehensive overview of the state of Indian media studies and function as an intellectually stimulating guide for students and researchers in the field. The conference is organized by Biswarup Sen (University Oregon),Abhijit Roy (Jadavpur University) and BinduMenon (IIAS, Shimla)
A limited number of participants will be invited for the seminar. We especially encourage young scholars to apply. Those interested in participating should send an abstract (500 words maximum) of the proposed paper along with their C.V. to the following Email ID:
A limited number of participants will be invited for the Seminar. Those interested in participating should send (preferably by email) an abstract (500 words) of the proposed paper along with their C.V. to:
The last date for submission of abstract (500 words) is 07 January, 2017. The Institute intends to send Invitation letters to selected participants by 27 January, 2017. It is the policy of the Institute to publish the paper not proceedings of the seminars it organizes. Hence, all invited participants will be expected to submit complete papers (English or Hindi), hitherto unpublished and original, with citations in place, along with a reference section, to the Academic Resource Officer, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla – 171005 by 15 March, 2016. Style sheet for the submission of papers may be downloaded from the IIAS website http://www.iias.org/ content/shss.
IIAS, Shimla, will be glad to extend its hospitality during the seminar period and is willing to reimburse, if required, rail or air travel expenses from the place of current residence in India, or the port of arrival in India, and back
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