Critical research on media representation, political communication and popular culture has never been so essential in India. The ‘saffronisation’ of the public sphere has crowded out dissent and legitimised the marginalisation of minorities and coincides with radical changes in Indian media infrastructures, the rise of digital and mobile media technologies, and the transformation of established media industries. Critical media research is key to understanding the fragility of the public sphere in the world’s largest democracy and its consequences, yet Indian scholars have a much lower acceptance rate in Q1 journals in the field. These writing workshops will ensure that cutting-edge media research reaches a global audience by bringing together senior scholars from India, US, and UK to: support Indian early career researchers to develop high quality international publications; establish enduring mentoring relationships; develop peer support mechanisms; embed support for international early career researchers in the processes of leading communications journals.
Workshop Team: Professor John Downey, Loughborough University; Dr Usha Raman, University of Hyderabad; Professor Emily Keightley, Loughborough University; Dr Aswin Punathambekar, Loughborough University; Mr Vibodh Parthasarathi, Jamia Millia Islamia University