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Making New in Global India: Media, Publics, Politics – Book Talk and Q&A with Sahana Udupa

November 17, 2015
05:30PM - 07:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500
3620 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, 19104

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In the decades following India’s opening to foreign capital, the city of Bangalore emerged, quite unexpectedly, as the outsourcing hub for the global technology industry and the aspirational global city of liberalizing India. Through an ethnography of English and Kannada print news media in Bangalore, this ambitious and innovative new study reveals how the expanding private news culture played a critical role in shaping urban transformation in India, when the allegedly public profession of journalism became both an object and agent of global urbanization. Building on extensive fieldwork carried out with the Times of India group, the largest media house in India, between 2008 and 2012, Sahana Udupa argues that the class project of the ‘global city’ news discourse came into striking conflict with the cultural logics of regional language and caste practices. Advancing new theoretical concepts, Making News in Global India takes arguments in media scholarship beyond the dichotomy of public good and private accumulation.

Sahana Udupa is Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany. Her research interests are in the fields of media anthropology and journalism studies. Through fieldwork in India and among the South Asian diaspora in Europe, she has ethnographically explored the dynamics of news media, urban transformation and mediated religiosities in the global South. Her latest work is on social media and political participation, focusing on the political cultures of a new generation of tech-savvy youth in India and Europe. Her research is published in premier academic journals including American Ethnologist and Media, Culture and Society.

A reception will be held in the Annenberg Plaza Lobby from 6:30pm – 7:30pm. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Global Communication Studies, the Center for the Advanced Study of India, and the South Asia Center. ​If you are interested in attending this event, please RSVP to Emily Plowman.