May 20, 2008 - May 21, 2008
This preconference is organized by the Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University for Pennsylvania, and Center for Culture, Media & Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi.
- Monroe E. Price, Director, Center for Global Communication Studies, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania
- Aswin Punathambekar, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
- Radhika Parameswaran, Associate Professor, School of Journalism, Indiana University, Bloomington
- Biswajt Das, Director, Center for Culture, Media & Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi
India and Communications Studies is a pre-conference that marks several important milestones: the increasing interest in graduate programs in media studies and communications and culture studies in India; the extraordinary importance of India in the global production of culture; the role that India is playing in processes of globalization and communications technology; and the increased importance of media research about India among scholars in the ICA. This pre-conference is designed to highlight all these developments and provide a venue to create a new coherence and a new salience for this subject. Goals of this pre-conference include: creating partnerships, research opportunities and to provide greater awareness of the impact of India on global pathways. An additional outcome of this pre-conference is to create a platform for forming an ICA-IAMCR network of scholars dedicated to understanding, researching, and advancing communications studies in and about India. The pre-conference arises out of work between scholars from the US and Europe, on the one hand, and scholars and programs in India.