Media Studies: The Challenge of the Global South

Monday, March 29, 2021 11:00to12:00

Join us on Monday March 29, 11:00AM EST for “Media Studies: The Challenge of the Global South”

A Guest Lecture by Ravi Sundaram (Centre for The Study of Developing Societies, Delhi)

The vast majority of media users in the world today are located outside the West, in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Most users in the Global South have a cellular phone as their main or first media device. We are now confronted by media-enabled populations previously seen as supplements to a larger story playing out in the metropolitan world. What can this globally reconfigured media landscape tell us about thinking critically about the contemporary? This lecture will focus on the theme of sensory infrastructure, its links to politics, law and memory.

Ravi Sundaram is a faculty member at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies at New Delhi. His work examines how media infrastructure conditions life in the city, and how ‘pirate modernity’ is endemic to the largely informal media networks and usage common in the postcolonial urban spaces of the Global South. His work draws on critical theory, media anthropology, and urbanism. His most recent book was Pirate Modernity: Media Urbanism in Delhi  (2010). 

This event is organized by Farah Atoui and Liza Tom as part of the History of Communication course (COMS 200) and is supported by the AHCS Speaker Series. 


To attend, please use this link: https://mcgill.zoom.us/j/83809829620. If you require any additional information or have any question, please email liza.tom [at] mcgill.ca or farah.atoui [at] mcgill.ca.



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