Global Communication and Media | NYU Steinhardt Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

The broad rubric of this area would be
an approach to media studies that locates contemporary media practices,
technologies, cultural flows within the historical context of capitalism, of colonialism, of unequal conditions of modernity and democracy. My own work is based in areas like critical political economy, critical race studies, anti-colonial, post-colonial theories and approaches what those approaches allow
scholars to do and students to do is really think critically about some of
these more celebratory narratives about media and globalization or media
technology and transformation. Many of the faculty and graduate students have interest in thinking about media politics, media culture, media
technologies in Africa, in Asia, in the Middle East and Latin America. And thinking about these kinds of questions — about global media, global media and inequality— in the context of the global South in the global North. I think of the work by my colleague and friend Helga Tawil-Souri whose work has looked at the
histories of occupation, of surveillance in Israel and Palestine. Her new project for example looks at the infrastructures of checkpoints and the
ways in which everyday practices of surveillance works within the occupied
territories in Palestine and this connects us to thinking about longer
histories of colonialism not just in the region, but again transnationally. Finally, I think of the work of Professor James Wahutu, who’s doing some really
interesting work and looking at issues like media manipulation, looking at media
organizations, news practices specifically in East Africa. Here he’s interested in questions of both political freedom and questions of media
and democracy, but also violence and looking at questions of ethnic
violence in the context of East Africa, in places like Sudan and through the
vantage point of media fields in Kenya.

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