Research Talk by Professor Mohan Dutta

Returning the White Man’s gaze: Reimagining social science research as politics of change

Date and Time: Wed, 7 November, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Venue: CNM Meeting room, AS6, #03-33, 11 Computing Drive, Singapore 117416, NUS

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About the talk

Interrogating taken-for-granted assumptions and the paradoxes that underlie the abstract conceptualizations of terms such as democracy and liberty, the talk will first set up the ground for deconstructing the culturally rooted notions of key concepts that shape the landscape of communication research and practice, and will then set up the methodological terrains for social change projects based on the principles of dialogue and listening. Deconstructing contemporary discourses of social science research, we will examine the ways in which the social sciences are embedded within politics of power and control. A close reading of theory development and methodology in communication opens up the discursive space for performing scholarship of social change situated amid journeys of solidarity and dialogue.


About the speaker

Dr. Mohan J. Dutta is Courtesy Professor of Communication at Purdue University, and he is Professor and Head of the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore. At NUS, he is the Founding Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), directing research on culturally-centered, community-based projects of social change. He teaches and conducts research in international health communication, critical cultural theory, poverty in healthcare, health activism in globalization politics, indigenous cosmologies of health, subaltern studies and dialogue, and public policy and social change. Currently, he serves as Editor of the “Global Health Communication Book Series” with Left Coast Press and sits on the editorial board of seven journals. Before arriving to NUS, he served as Associate Dean of Research in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University, a Service Learning Fellow, and a fellow of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy. Also at Purdue, he served as the Founding Director of the Center for Poverty and Health Inequities (COPHI).

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