Communication and Culture | Advanced Seminar in Media Theory
C792 | 3026 | Madhavi Mallapragada


CMCL-C 792: Advanced Seminar in Media Theory
(Topic: Media and Diaspora)
Class Number: 3026

Th 1:00P-3:30 P, Th 7:00P-10:30 P

Professor: Madhavi Mallapragada
E-Mail: mmallapr@indiana.edu
Office: 208, Ashton Mottier Hall
Office Hours: TBA
Phone: 5-0530

This course is intended to take you through the key conceptual and
theoretical issues relating to media and diaspora. A relatively
unexplored area within the broader field of media and cultural
studies, the examination of media in a diasporic context, offer a
rich site for the exploration of issues relating to hybrid
identities, border crossings, transnational politics, racial and
ethnic minorities, strategic nation-states and flexible
citizenships. We will focus on the relationship between race,
ethnicity, class and nation in the formation of diasporic
identities; the varied histories and contexts of migration including
exile, voluntary emigration, and forced migration; the response of
nation-states to transnational mobility and the particular cultural
struggles and dilemmas posed to migrant subjects. We will
interrogate such issues by examining how the media represent the
identity, difference, and hybridity of diasporic communities in
specific socio-historical and cultural contexts; furthermore we will
discuss the politics of media technologies, institutions and
audiences in reshaping conventional understandings of media and
diaspora. Over the course of the semester, the readings will draw on
diverse scholarly traditions such as postcolonial theory, critical
race and ethnic studies, diaspora studies, and media and cultural
studies.

*Readings will draw from the works of Homi Bhabha, Benedict
Anderson, Frantz Fanon, Hamid Naficy, Richard Dyer, Gloria Anzaldua,
Lisa Lowe, Ien Ang, Stuart Hall, George Lipsitz, James Clifford and
Doreen Massey among others.

* There will be screenings for this course.

* Students have to do a research paper and research presentation
during the semester.

* The final grade will be based on performance in the following
areas: class participation and discussion; research paper; research
presentation.