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Digital South Asia | Program

DAY 1: Friday, Oct. 2nd, 2015
9:15-9:30 - Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • Matt Hull (Director, Center for South Asian Studies, University of Michigan)
  • Farina Mir (Department of History, University of Michigan)
9:30-11:45: Panel 1: Digital Imaginaries

Chair: Will Glover (Department of History, University of Michigan)

  • Nimmi Rangaswamy (Xerox Labs, India)
    Romance in the Times of Facebook: The Surplus Digital Self and Youth in Urban India
  • Rahul Mukherjee (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
    Imagining Cellular India: the Popular, the Infrastructural, and the National
  • Huma Yusuf (Woodrow Wilson Senior Fellow and Control Risks Consulting)
    Mapping digital Pakistan
  • Lilly Irani (University of California-San Diego, USA)
    Entrepreneurial Citizenship: Digital Pedagogies of Mass-Mediated Development

Discussant: Kentaro Toyama (School of Information, University of Michigan)

[12:00-1:15: Lunch]
1:30-3:30: Panel 2: Digital Media and the New Political

Chair: Muzammil Hussain (Communication Studies, University of Michigan)

  • Rohit Chopra (Santa Clara University, USA)
    The Digital and the Postcolonial in South Asia: Convergences, Contradictions, and Overlaps
  • Wazhmah Osman (Temple University, USA)
    Af-Pak Women in The Age of Pictures: Activism and Digital Media
  • Sahana Udupa (Max Planck Institute, Germany)
    Class of Actors: Nationalism and Middle Class Politics on Online Media
  • Bish Sen (University of Oregon, USA)
    Data Alone Prevails: Talk Shows and the Rise of Informational Politics in India

Discussant: Joyojeet Pal (School of Information, University of Michigan)

[3:30-4:00: Coffee Break]
4:00-5:30: Love and Longing in Digital India
  • Paromita Vohra (Independent Filmmaker and Digital Artist, India)

Discussant: Madhumita Lahiri (Department of English, University of Michigan)

DAY 2: Saturday, Oct. 3rd
9:00-11:00: Panel 3: Television’s Newness

Chair: Ram Mahalingam (Department of Psychology, University of Michigan)

  • Sangeet Kumar (Denison University, USA)
    Trending Hashtags and Networked Publics: Participatory News Television and the Invitational Affect of Memetic Culture
  • Shanti Kumar (University of Texas-Austin, USA)
    Television in Digital India
  • Lotte Hoek (University of Edinburgh, UK)
    Where Cinema Meets Television: Four Positions on Dhaka’s Map
  • Purnima Mankekar (University of California-LA, USA)
    Public Intimacies: The Remediation of Affect and Digital Media

Discussant: Pavitra Sundar (Kettering University, USA)

Coffee Break: 11:00-11:15
11:30-12:15: Wrap Up Session

Media & Communication Studies in Digital South Asia, moderated by Aswin Punathambekar