Fields of Research
Our research cuts across four broad themes, asking crucial questions related to power, the public sphere, identity, mediation and everyday life.
Popular and consumer cultures:
- How is the popular constituted in societies on the margins of the global economy?
- How do media commodities flow across cultural and political borders, and to what effect?
- How are gender, race and class identities constituted in media texts?
- How is pleasure encoded in southern media forms? What are the politics of those pleasures?
Democracy, policy and decoloniality:
- What role do media play in the ideologies and policies of development and democracy?
- How can media texts and technologies be theorised in non-western contexts?
- How do political and economic power operate though the media-scape in the decolonial age?
- How might we move beyond normative approaches in researching these questions?
Digital media, interactivity and internet practices:
- How are digital technologies used, regulated, and disseminated in southern societies?
- What global and local power dynamics influence access to ICTs?
- How is culture produced in digital form?
- How is information privacy negotiated and mediated in the economies and cultures of the global south?