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Postcolonial Media Studies

Inequalities and Media Education Webinar

In this 8th and final webinar, we discuss ‘Postcolonial Media Studies: Possibilities, Challenges and Limits of an Emerging Discipline’. Speakers Radhika Parameswaran’s and Sangeet Kumar’s talk will explore how the emerging sub-discipline of postcolonial media studies can illuminate different aspects of our discipline. We will explore the possibilities and limits of postcolonial theoretical approaches to media culture while considering the historical legacies of colonialism, gendered constructs of nationalism and modernization, digital media culture, regional/indigenous hierarchies of power, and the positionalities of scholars engaged in knowledge production. Our explorations will navigate through case studies based in our research to critique the emergent terrain of postcolonial media studies. Our talk will rely on source materials that represent a mix of our single- and co-authored publications. These texts represent key threads that run through our perspectives on the confluence between media studies and postcolonial studies.

DAY: Thursday, April 18, 2024

TIME: 12pm EST/ 4pm GMT/ 930pm IST


Featured Presenters

Radhika Parameswaran

Radhika Parameswaran is Associate Dean and Herman B Wells Endowed Professor (Class of 1950) in the Media School at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research and teaching areas span feminist cultural studies, globalization and media, postcolonial media studies, and South Asia. Her major publications include a 2013 Wiley-Blackwell edited encyclopedic volume on global audience studies, two monographs in Journalism & Communication Monographs, 30 articles in leading journals in media and communication studies (five reprinted as book chapters), and fifteen original book chapters.


Sangeet Kumar is Associate Professor in the Communication Department, and his research focuses on the digital dimensions of global media and culture. His upcoming projects include a focus on how digitization is changing the business of news and regulatory changes around the digital in India. He is the author of The Digital Frontier: Infrastructures of Control on the Global Web (Indiana University Press, 2021).


Kumar, Sangeet, and Radhika Parameswaran. "Charting an itinerary for postcolonial communication and media studies." Journal of communication 68.2 (2018): 347-358

Chadha, Kalyani, Sangeet Kumar, and Radhika Parameswaran. "Introduction to the Special Issue Forum “Digital Cultures of South Asia: Inequalities, Informatization, Infrastructures”." Communication, Culture and Critique 14.3 (2021): 487-490.

Mohan, Sriram, Radhika Parameswaran, and Pallavi Rao. "Locating cultural studies: The limits of translation in knowledge production." International Journal of Cultural Studies 25.5 (2022): 481-491.

Parameswaran, Radhika. "The other sides of globalization: Communication, culture, and postcolonial critique." Communication, Culture & Critique 1.1 (2008): 116-125

Parameswaran, Radhika. "Global Feminist Positionality (GFP): Coordinates of Time, Space, and Location in Research." Reflections on Feminist Communication and Media Scholarship. Routledge, 2021. 148-162.

Kumar, Sangeet. The digital frontier: Infrastructures of control on the global web. Indiana University Press, 2021.


About This Webinar Series

The ‘Inequalities and Media Education’ (IME) webinar series explores the relationship between media and inequalities as well as justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in the (digital) media literacy and education space. The webinar series aims to ask critical questions and delve deeper into current research conducted globally to understand how scholars have studied and aimed at reducing inequalities along with ramifications for media literacy and education.

We hope to continue engaging with our community and invite hosts for future meetings and discuss a cool book, podcast, video or any media related to our interests on inequalities and media education. Please get in touch:

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