Plenary Speakers

Significance of Postcolonial/Transnational Studies for Media and Communication Scholarship: Sandra Ponzanesi, Shanti Kumar; Ramaswamy Harindranath; Nitin Govil; Raka Shome

ponzanesiSandra Ponzanesi is Professor of Gender and Postcolonial Studies at the Department of Media and Culture Studies/Graduate Gender Programme, Utrecht University and Head of Humanities at Utrecht University College, the Netherlands. She works on the reception of postcolonial culture in relation to the culture industry, notions of Postcolonial Europe, migrant cinema and postcolonial digital humanities. Among her publications are: Paradoxes of Post-colonial Culture (Suny, 2004); Migrant Cartographies (Lexington Books, 2005), Postcolonial Cinema Studies (Routledge, 2011), Deconstructing Europe (Routledge, 2011), The Postcolonial Cultural Industry (Palgrave, 2014) and Gender, Globalisation and Violence. Postcolonial Conflict Zones (Routledge, 2014). She is guest editor of two special issues for Social Identities. Journal for the Study of Race, Nation and Culture onPostcolonial Europe: Transcultural and Multidisciplinary Perspectives’ (17:1, 2011) and for Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture on ‘Digital Crossings in Europe’ (4:2, 2014).

kumarShanti Kumar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radio-Television-Film, and a faculty affiliate in the Department of Asian Studies, the Center for Asian-American Studies and the South Asia Institute at the University of Texas-Austin. He is the author of Gandhi Meets Primetime: Globalization and Nationalism in Indian Television (2006), and the co-editor of Global Communication: New Agendas in Communication (2014), Television at Large in South Asia (2012) and Planet TV: A Global Television Reader (2003).  He has published book chapters in edited anthologies and articles in journals such as BioScope, Jump Cut, Popular Communication, South Asian Popular Culture, Quarterly Review of Film and Video and Television and New Media. He has also written columns and short essays for online journals such as Flow, Antenna and In Media Res.  His research and teaching interests include global media and cultural studies, South Asian media and popular culture, and postcolonial theory and criticism.

harindranathRamaswami Harindranath is Professor of Media at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His research interests include global media, economy and culture; diasporic media and cultural politics; multicultural arts and cultural citizenship; South Asian politics and culture; and postcoloniality. His major publications include Approaches to Audiences, The ‘Crash’ Controversy, Perspectives on Global Cultures, Re-imagining Diaspora, and Audience-Citizens. He is currently completing a manuscript entitled Southern Discomfort, which re-assesses the concept and politics of cultural imperialism.



govilNitin Govil is Assistant Professor of Critical Studies in the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is the co-author of Global Hollywood and Global Hollywood 2 and essays in over two-dozen journals and anthologies. His work has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, and Turkish. His book on film culture between Hollywood and Bombay, Orienting Industry, will be out later this year from NYU Press in their Critical Cultural Communication series.

Raka Shome [see bio provided in Conference Planners]

Postcolonial Feminist and Queer Approaches: Radhika Parameswaran; Anikó Imre; Sudeep Dasgupta; John Nguyet Erni; Audrey Yue

parameswaranRadhika Parameswaran is Professor in the School of Journalism and adjunct faculty in the cultural studies, India Studies, and gender studies programs at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. She is currently the Editor of Communication, Culture, and Critique, an official journal of the International Communication Association. She was a Visiting research professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; Faculty-in-Residence at University of Colorado, Boulder; Invited expert at the NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar; and a Research expert twice for junior faculty workshops at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the recipient of six top research paper awards (five from AEJMC and one from ICA). Her publications include a 2013 Wiley-Blackwell edited encyclopedic volume on global audience studies, two monographs, 24 articles in leading journals in communication and media studies (five reprinted as book chapters), and thirteen book chapters. Her research has been published in a variety of academic journals, including, Journal of Children & MediaCommunication, Culture, & CritiqueJournal of Communication InquiryCritical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Theory, Qualitative InquiryCommunication Review, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women’s Studies. She is a member of the advisory board of the Mellon-funded “Framing the Global” project at Indiana University, Bloomington and an editorial board member of Asian Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Monographs, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, and Journal of Communication Inquiry. She serves as a mentor for the School of Journalism’s honors program, and she is the recipient of three outstanding teaching awards from the School of Journalism. Her current research project examines transnational media activism that targets issues of colorism, beauty, and sexism in India.

imreAnikó Imre is an Associate Professor of Critical Studies and the Interdivisional Media Arts and Practice Doctoral Program (iMAP) and Director of Graduate Studies at the School of Cinematic Arts of the University of Southern California. She has published widely on media globalization, (post)socialism and identities. She is the author of Identity Games: Globalization and the Transformation of Post-Communist Media Cultures (MIT Press, 2009) editor of East European Cinemas (AFI Film Readers, Routledge, 2005), The Blackwell Companion to East European Cinemas (2012), and co-editor of Transnational Feminism in Film and Media (Palgrave, 2007), Popular Television in the New Europe (Routledge, 2012); of special issues of The Journal of Popular Film and Television on Television Entertainment in the New Europe (2012), the European Journal of Cultural Studies on Media Globalization and Post-Socialist Identities (May 2009), and of Feminist Media Studies, on Transcultural Feminist Mediations (December 2009). She co-edits the Palgrave book series Global Cinemas and sits on the editorial boards of the journals Television and New Media, NECSUS_European Journal of Media Studies,and Studies in East European Cinema.

dasguptaSudeep Dasgupta is Associate Professor at the Department of Media & Culture, University of Amsterdam. His research interests include media studies, globalization and postcolonial studies, queer theory, visual culture and aesthetics, critical theory and philosophy. His recent publications include the co-edited volume What’s Queer about Europe? (Fordham UP, New York, 2014), “Permanent Transiency, Tele-visual Spectacle and the Slum as Postcolonial Monument”, South Asia Studies (2013), “Words, Bodies, Times: Queer theory before and after itself”, Borderlands (2009), and the edited volume Constellations of the Transnational: Modernity, Culture, Critique (Rodopi, New York & Amsterdam).


erniJohn Nguyet Erni is Chair Professor in Humanities and Head of the Department of Humanities & Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University.  He also serves as Adjunct Professor at the Department of Cultural Studies at Lingnan University in Hong Kong, after having served as Head of that Department in 2010-13. An elected Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities, he has published widely on international and Asia-based cultural studies, human rights legal criticism, Chinese consumption of transnational culture, gender and sexuality in media culture, youth popular consumption in Hong Kong and Asia, and critical public health.  His books include Understanding South Asian Minorities in Hong Kong (with Lisa Leung, HKUP, 2014), Cultural Studies of Rights: Critical Articulations (Routledge, 2011), Internationalizing Cultural Studies: An Anthology (with Ackbar Abbas, Blackwell, 2005), Asian Media Studies: The Politics of Subjectivities (with Siew Keng Chua, Blackwell, 2005), and Unstable Frontiers: Technomedicine and the Cultural Politics of “Curing” AIDS (Minnesota, 1994).  Currently, he is completing a book project on the legal modernity of rights.

yueAudrey Yue is Associate Professor in the Cultural Studies Program at The University of Melbourne, Australia. Her research covers the fields of Asian media and cultural policy, media mobilities and sexuality studies. She has published 5 books and 70 book chapters and refereed journal articles including Sinophone Cinemas (co-edited with O. Khoo, Palgrave 2014); Transnational Australian Cinema: Ethics in the Asian Diasporas (co-authored with O. Khoo and B. Smaill, Lexington 2013) and Queer Singapore: Illiberal Citizenship and Mediated Cultures (co-edited with J. Zubillaga-Pow, Hong Kong University Press 2012). She is Chief Investigator in a currently funded Australian Research Council project on multicultural arts governance.

Logics of “Modern/ity” beyond the West/North: May Joseph; Ramesh Srinvasan; D. Soyini Madison; Mohan Dutta; Boulou Ebanda DE B’Beri

josephMay Joseph is a theater director and Founder of Harmattan Theater, Inc. an environmental theater company focusing on global water issues, based in New York City. She is Professor of Global Studies in the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute, New York. Prof. Joseph has written widely on Indian Ocean cultural flows, and works on water ecology, global environmentalism, and visual urbanism.  She is the author of Fluid New York: Cosmopolitan Urbanism and the Green Imagination (Duke University Press, 2013); Nomadic Identities: The Performance of Citizenship (Minnesota, 1999) and coeditor (with Jennifer Fink) of Performing Hybridity (Minnesota, 1999). Other co-edited volumes include City Corps (Journal of Space and Culture), New Hybrid Identities (Women and Performance, 1995) and Bodywork (Women and Performance, 1999). She is completing a book Liquid Cartographies on Indian Ocean maritime flows, for Cambridge Scholars Press.

srinivasanRamesh Srinivasan is Director of the UC Center for Global Digital Cultures and Associate Professor at UCLA in Information Studies and Design-Media Arts, is a scholar of media and culture – studying the modes by which new media technologies shape and are shaped by social, cultural, economic, and political dynamics. He has worked with a variety of communities ranging from activist bloggers to rural Indian communities to indigenous peoples worldwide. Dr. Srinivasan’s studies of bloggers and activists have focused on participants in recent revolutions in Egypt and Kyrgyzstan. His work in India has involved collaborations with rural and urban disenfranchised populations in India to study how media literacy may shape collective action. And his work with Native American communities considers how non-Western understandings of the world can introduce new ways of looking at technological design and deployment. Dr. Srinivasan’s media appearances include several TEDx talks, National Public Radio, Al Jazeera, The Young Turks and Public Radio International.  He has also published pieces for Al Jazeera English, the Washington Post, and the Huffington Post. His work bridges cultural studies from anthropological and sociological perspectives with key topics in design and computer sciences. He is currently working on a book that looks at power, voice and identity in an era where digital media technologies are increasingly ubiquitous.

madisonD. Soyini Madison is Chair, Department of Performance Studies, Northwestern University, and affiliate faculty in Department of Anthropology, African Studies, and African American studies. She focuses on the intersections of labor activism, political economy of human rights, and indigenous performance tactics. Her book, Acts of Activism: Human Rights and Radical Performance (Cambridge), is based on how local activists in Ghana, West Africa employ modes of performance, as tactical interventions, in their day-to-day struggles for women’s rights, water democracy, and economic justice. Madison adapts and directs her ethnographic data for the public stage. Her most recent production, Labor Rites, is a mosaic of the USA labor movement and how human labor is variously enacted, valued, and contested. Madison’s other staged work includes: I Have My Story to Tell, an oral history performance of University of North Carolina laborers and service workers; Mandela, the Land, and the People, based on the life and work of Nelson Mandela; Is It a Human Being or A Girl? a performance ethnography on traditional religion, modernity, and gendered poverty in West Africa; and, Water Rites, a multi-media performance on the privatization of public water and the struggle for clean and accessible water as a human right in the Global South. Madison is the author of five books: The Woman That I Am (St. Martin’s P.); Critical Ethnography: Method, Ethics, and Performance (Sage Pub.); The Performance Studies Handbook, Co-Edited with Judith Hamera (Sage Pub.) Acts of Activism (Cambridge Univ.P.) Madison’s most recent book, “African Dress: Fashion, Agency, and Performance,” co-edited with Karen Tranberg Hansen represents meditations on the meanings of the dressed body in specific sites throughout Africa and the Black Diaspora (Berg Pub.).

Professor Mohan DuttaMohan J Dutta is Provost’s Chair Professor and Head of the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore and Courtesy Professor of Communication at Purdue University. At NUS, he is the Founding Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), working on culturally-centered, community-based projects of social change that meld activist-academic partnerships in imagining alternative communicative possibilities. He collaborates with activist communities in the global South on mapping globalization processes in  health communication, and in co-creating activist interventions as sites of resistance to localized manifestations of neoliberal policies in the global South. Currently, he serves as Series Editor of the “Critical Cultural Studies in Global Health Communication” book series with Left Coast Press. Through ethnographic work rooted in the overarching framework of the Subaltern Studies project, he has collaborated with Santali communities in Eastern India, sex workers in East and South India, transgender communities in India and Singapore, African American communities in the inner city US, and migrant construction workers in Singapore in mapping the communicative processes of marginalization that constitute and are constituted by the political economy of global economic policies, the mobilization of cultural tropes for the justification of neo-colonial health development projects, the meanings of health in the realms of marginalized experiences in the global South, and the ways in which participatory culturally-centered processes and strategies are organized in marginalized contexts to bring about changes in neo-colonial structures of global oppression and exploitation. He has authored the book “Communicating health: A culture-centered approach” published by Polity Press, and co-edited “Emerging perspectives in health communication: Meaning, culture, and power” (with Heather Zoller) published by Taylor and Francis, and “Communicating for social impact: Engaging communication theory, research, and pedagogy” (with Lynn Harter & Courtney Cole) published by Hampton Press. Most recently, he has published the book “Communicating social change: Structure, culture, agency” published by Taylor and Francis, “Voices of resistance”  with Purdue University Press, and the edited book “Reducing healthcare disparities: Communication interventions” (with Gary Kreps) published by Peter Lang. Currently, he is working on the book “Neoliberal health organizing: Communication, meaning, politics” with Left Coast Press and the book “Imagining India in Discourse: Meaning, power, structure.” In his community-based work, Dutta participates in performances of social change in collaboration with grassroots groups, organizes policy advocacy, and co-created activist communication interventions that seek to foster transformative possibilities in local, national, and global politics.

ebandaBoulou Ebanda de B’béri is the Founding-Director of the Audiovisual Media Lab for the study of Cultures and Societies ( and a Professor of Communication, Media, Cultural Studies at the University of Ottawa. Some of his recent publications include: Global Perspectives on the Politics of Multiculturalism in the 21st Century (with F. Mansouri), Routledge, 2014; The Promised Land Project: History and Historiography of the Black Experiences in Chatham-Kent and Beyond (with N. Reid-Maroney & H. K. Wright), University of Toronto Press, 2014; Le Verbe au Cinema, AfricAvenir/LAMAC&S, 2013; The Afropessimism Phenomenon (with & E. Louw, CRITICAL ARTS. Vol. 25(3) Routledge/UNISA, 2011; and Les “Cultural Studies” dans les mondes francophones.  University of Ottawa Press, 2010. Prof. Ebanda de B’béri was the Principal Investigator of the Promised Land Project, a million-dollar research, funded by the Social Science and Humanity Research Council of Canada, focusing on studying the impact of black pioneers in Canada’s nation building. He is currently working on another project focusing on the roles and trajectories of the 19th century “Black Press” in Canada and beyond.