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Sounds of South Asia

When: Friday, April 14, 2017
3:30 PM - 5:30 PM Central

Where: Scott Hall, Guild Lounge, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Department of Asian Languages and Cultures   847.491.5288

Group: Department of Asian Languages and Cultures

Category: Multicultural & Diversity


Aswin Punathambekar
“Sound Clouds: Listening and Citizenship in Indian Public Culture”

This talk focuses on the centrality of sound and listening practices in the mediation of politics and citizenship in Indian public culture. Making room for sound and listening alongside visual and textual practices that have informed South Asian film and media studies, I will argue that sound technologies and practices constitute a vital cultural and material infrastructure on which a bridge between the popular and the political can be built. Drawing attention to the sonic dimensions of key political events and crises over the past decade, I examine how sonic cues (a popular song, a catchy phrase, or a resonant voice) can be transformed into communicative structures that, in turn, enable new ways of listening and new modes of participation – expressions of sonic citizenship - in a digital era.

Aswin Punathambekar is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. He is the author of From
Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry (2013), and co-editor of Global Bollywood (2008), Television at Large in South Asia (2013), and the forthcoming anthology Digital South Asia.


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