Dr Raka Shome will be delivering a keynote talk- When Postcolonical Studies Meets Media Studies– at Goldsmiths College London, on 27 November 2017. Her talk is sponsored by MECCSA‘s (Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association of, UK) Race and Postcolonial Research Network, Centre for Feminist Research and Critical Race Studies, and Department of Communication, at Goldsmiths College.
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We’re really proud to announce that CNM’s Dr Raka Shome has been selected as the 2017 recipient of the National Communication Association’s (NCA) prestigious Charles Woolbert Award for her work in postcolonial studies and its impact on the field. Of particular note is the essay, Postcolonial Approaches to Communication: Charting the … Continue reading
Each year the Critical and Cultural Studies Division of the National Communication Association presents awards for outstanding scholarship, teaching, and professional service in the field of communication. This year, Dr Raka Shome will be awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award for her work in Cultural Studies in Communication. The award recognises scholarly achievements in the study of human communication and will be given to Dr Shome during this year’s NCA Annual Convention which will be held in Philadelphia from 10-13 Nov, 2016.
” I am delighted about this award not just because ‘I’ received it but more important because it honors the kinds of difficult and challenging work that many scholars working on decolonization of academic knowledge are engaged in”, says Dr Shome.
Dr Shome’s research interests are in Asian Modernities, Transnational relations of India, Racism and Media in a global context, Transnational Media Cultures and Gender, and the Transnational politics of knowledge production as a communication issue. She has published numerous articles and book chapters in leading journals the field of Media and Communication Studies and is the author of Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture – a book that examines how new sets of postcolonial relations in contemporary western cultures are mediated through images of white femininity.
Congratulations, Dr Shome!
Prof Raka Shome has been awarded a $10,000 grant by the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society, Villanova University, Pennsylvania. The grant is awarded for Prof Shome’s research titled ‘Spectacular Nationalism and Contemporary India’.
Each year, the Waterhouse Family Institute funds research conducted by scholars across the world, based on the emphasis the research gives to communication and those that engage communication and its impact on the world and ability to create social change. The WFI Research Grants are selectively awarded and Prof Shome’s reserach has been awarded the maximum grant amount to support her research.
Prof Shome’s research attempts to understand the ways in which a spectacular nationalism is being produced in contemporary India and the ways in which it functions to produce a new national pride that is articulated in relation to the global while reifiying hardened logics of nagtionalism. Through a focus on many media campaigns as well as the circulation of commodities that are being rebranded through revivalist “Indian” logic, Prof Shome attempts to offer an extended theory of spectacular nationalism (as opposed to nationalism as just spectacle)– especially in the context of current India. She also attempts to trace the linkage between this spectacular nationalism and the overt and invisible discourses of Hindutva that are being normalized by the spectacular logic of contemporary Indian nationalism.
Congratulations, Prof Shome!
We have another workshop coming up from the 19th to 21st of October! Dr Raka Shome, who recently joined the CNM Department as a Visiting Senior Fellow, will be conducting the 3-day workshop to share her views on Postcolonial Studies. Please refer to the poster below for more information about the workshop. If you are interested to join us, please indicate your attendance by signing up for this workshop here!
*Do take note that the readings for this workshop could be retrieved from the Library.
Here is a little bit about Dr Raka Shome:
Dr. Raka Shome writes on postcolonial cultures, transnational feminism, and media/communication cultures. Her current research interests are in Asian Modernities, Transnational relations of India, Racism and Media in a global context, Transnational Media Cultures and Gender, and the Transnational politics of knowledge production as a communication issue. Dr. Shome has published numerous articles and book chapters in leading journals and anthologies in the field of Media and Communication Studies . She is the author of Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2014)—a book that examines how new sets of postcolonial relations in contemporary western cultures are mediated through images of white femininity. Under her co-guest editorship, the first-ever special issue on “Postcolonialism” was published in the field of Communication Studies in the International Communication Association journal Communication Theory (August, 2002). She recently also guest edited a special issue on “Asian Modernities” (2012) in the (Sage) journal Global Media and Communication, which included several articles focused on the question of what it means to be “modern” outside of liberal western frameworks. She is finishing up another special issue as guest editor for Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies journal on ‘Gender, Nation, Colonialism: Twenty first century connections.
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This academic year, CNM is delighted to host Dr Raka Shome who joins us as a Visiting Senior Fellow. Dr. Shome writes on postcolonial cultures, transnational feminism, and media/communication cultures. Her current research interests are in Asian Modernities, Transnational relations of India, Racism and Media in a global context, Transnational Media Cultures and Gender, and the Transnational politics of knowledge production as a communication issue. Dr. Shome has published numerous articles and book chapters in leading journals and anthologies in the field of Media and Communication Studies. She is the author of Diana and Beyond: White Femininity, National Identity, and Contemporary Media Culture (University of Illinois Press, 2014)—a book that examines how new sets of postcolonial relations in contemporary western cultures are mediated through images of white femininity. Under her co-guest editorship, the first-ever special issue on “Postcolonialism” was published in the field of Communication Studies in the International Communication Association journal Communication Theory (August, 2002). She recently also guest edited a special issue on “Asian Modernities” (2012) in the (Sage) journal Global Media and Communication, which included several articles focused on the question of what it means to be “modern” outside of liberal western frameworks. She is finishing up another special issue as guest editor for Cultural Studies/Critical Methodologies journal on ‘Gender, Nation, Colonialism: Twenty first century connections.’ She will be giving a talk on Wednesday, 28 October at 3PM in the CNM Meeting Room.
Tell us a little about yourself – where you come from, what your research interests are and what brought you to NUS?
I am visiting from the United States. My current research interests are in the related areas of Media and Asian Modernities, transnational politics of knowledge production, Transnational feminism, Gender, Culture, and Migration, Transnational flows of mediated cultures (especially towards and within the Global South); New logics of postcoloniality; Cultural Studies (beyond the Birmingham framework). I was attracted to NUS because of the vibrant and exciting work being done on media, and cultural studies, within an Asian framework. And it is also a top university in the world –so I felt this exposure to a vibrant academic space in Asia would add a lot to my own current interests; so when I was offered this opportunity, I was delighted. Teaching students in Asia is exciting because one (if you are coming from the Western academy) necessarily has to rethink many of one’s frames for engaging culture and media —if you want to be transnationally responsive and responsible. In the past, I have held faculty appointments at London School of Economics and Political Science, Arizona State University, University of Washington and was an Endowed Visiting Chair at Villanova University.
What modules do you teach?
An undergraduate module–Philosophy of Communication and New Media– and was also scheduled to teach a graduate course on Technological Embodiments
What got you started on your research path and field of research?
My work broadly falls within Postcolonial Studies. My own experiences of cultural (and national) marginalization –when I arrived first as a student in the US, and then beyond that—led to my often finding solace– and more important explanations– in postcolonial studies.
What is your approach to research?
Interdisciplinary. The questions that usually inform my research traverse disciplinary boundaries, as they are broadly related to social justice. I work through an approach that is called ‘Cultural Studies.’
An aspiring researcher should….
Have passion for your work. The work should matter, think of your intellectual work not as a “job” but as a space through which you can perhaps make some changes–in people’s minds–towards a more humane world. A tall order to be sure, but hold on to that.
What are some issues/causes (could be outside your academic/professional interests) that you care deeply about?
I care about the fact–deeply–that today people are increasingly less educated–not just formal education, but less able to think critically about issues largely because we are constantly fed by so much information that there is rarely any access to deep knowledge; today there is an attitude that ‘ignorance is my birth right” and any opinion counts. I worry about how due to corporate media power, and what are offered to people in the name of ‘information’ results in a rapid decline in democracy in most places in the world today.
Tell us a little bit about your book ‘Diana and beyond….’
The book examines media images of celebrity white women, and focuses on how social scripts of white womanhood produces larger ideological structures of white femininity, that in Anglo dominant nations, that often function in the service of nationalism. The book examines a host of media images of celebrity white women–Diana of course, but others such as Angelina Jolie, Cherie Blair, Sandra Bullock, Victoria Beckham, and many others.
What are your thoughts on transnational relations and social media?
Social media such as Facebook, twitter, and so on, on the one hand enable certain transnational connections and hence transnational community formations. Yet, on the other hand, as these become regular everyday spaces of communication, we need to remember who does not have access to these spaces. We also need to recognize how social media –as data and information–is constantly used by data mining companies to categorize people and behaviours and needs. This can have serious implications not just for privacy but also for the ways in which the populations of the world can be categorized, codified and so on, through the “information” that social media makes available to the owners of the sites.
The modern Asian woman and feminism – almost there or a long way to go?
Every feminist movement–anywhere–has a long way to go. We need to stay away from the (western created) idea that somehow Asian women have a long way to go. The progress of women in Asia needs to be addressed in the CONTEXT of their societies. WE do not want to use western notions of progress and advancement to evaluate gender in Asian contexts.
When you are not researching or teaching you like to….
Watch movies–am a movie buff; love watching plays, and trying different cuisines, and traveling.
How has the Singapore experience been so far? Sights, food, history, post-colonial Singapore, culture, arts…?
Am loving it. It is a fascinating place. It is beautiful, and vibrant. I love the multiculturalism here. It is a very different, and in many ways, a more ‘progressive’ (if one can use the term) kind of multiculturalism than what you see in many western countries. Singapore also seems to be a wonderful meeting place for Asian and western cultural practices.
To know more about Dr Shome, her research and her publications visit http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/cnmsr/
Dear colleagues and friends of CNM,
Today is my last day officially as Head of CNM. As I write this goodbye note to you, I want to thank you for the wonderful memories, the many joys of building an innovative department together, and the courage with which we have pushed inter-disciplinary conversations.
Thinking of CNM, I will always be reminded of a space- vibrant, full of laughter, and with a whole lot of belief in the positive capacity to transform the world.
This vision of CNM as a bold and positive change-maker in Singapore and in the world has been a source of inspiration for my leadership journey. We have been led by a vision of building a pedagogy and research infrastructure for Communication that Creates. The creative capacity of communication is best embodied in your scholarship and pedagogy and I am so very proud of that.
As I write this last note to you as the Head of CNM, I want to share with you a message that has been at the heart of how we, as a Department, have seen and shaped the world. It is the message that the conviction of belief is quintessential to the power of change.
Belief, when grounded in a vision for the future, builds pathways never imagined before.
Our sense of the creative capacity of communication has led to the belief that communication is most powerful when it intervenes into the world in a positive way. Amid the challenges of climate change, growing global inequalities, consolidation of power in the hands of a few, polarization, lack of public trust, and global democracy deficit, communication holds the power to materializing an ecologically sustainable, democratic, and socially just world.
The values of communication are central to the possibilities of the world ahead.
Over these years, we have grown as a Department at a dramatic pace. The novelty and practice-relevance of our modules continues to attract new students, making us a top destination. CNM faculty have been continually innovating with the curriculum, creating new course offerings, connecting these offerings to an ever-changing digital landscape, and experimenting with new methods of teaching.
Our Industry Advisory Council has played a key role in helping us shape our curriculum, guiding the development of new modules in areas such as Financial Communication and Crisis Communication. It’s been a pleasure building a cutting-edge curriculum that is grounded in continually pushing the theory-practice conversations. It has been a pleasure to invite CNM alums Audrey Tan, Co-Founder and CEO, Angels of Impact and PlayMoolah, and Mr. Julian Lim, Vice President, Group Corporate Communications, OCBC Bank, to serve on the Council. I especially want to thank Mr. Adrian Heng, Vice President, Communications and Marketing, Booq’ed Southeast Asia, for taking a leadership role in continually pushing the curriculum toward innovation. Thanks also to Dr. Chitra Rajaram, Director, NewsHub, MediaCorp Pte Ltd, Ms. Georgette Tan, Vice President, Communications (Asia/Pacific, Middle East, Africa), MasterCard WorldWide (Singapore), and Ms. Vanessa Ho-Nikolovski, Managing Director, Weber Shandwick Singapore, who have tirelessly contributed to the curriculum innovations in CNM.
The excellence of our curriculum that brings together interaction design, communication management, and media studies, is recognized by our industry partners, with the Department continually maintaining its top tier industry rankings. On a similar note, over the last few years, we have continued to be in the top tier of Communication programs in the world, our reputation resting on our imagination of creating communication to generate social impact. CNM has been a leader both in the Faculty of Social Sciences at NUS and globally in creating new grounds for building pedagogy that makes an impact. Our curriculum is solidly grounded in the Communication discipline and is simultaneously enriched by the conversations opened up by Media Design and the Humanities.
Based on six industry dialogues, we undertook an extensive curriculum transformation in 2012-2013, pulling together a curriculum with a solid core in theory and methodology (with compulsory Qualitative Communication Research Methods and Quantitative Research Methods modules) and specialized offerings in industry-relevant areas. We also started working on a Compulsory Internship that would give our students to immerse in the world of communication practice, connecting practices to theorizing. This year we launched the Internship, and look forward to witnessing its continued growth. Thanks to Malathi, Amir, Ee Lyn, Sofia, Raksha, Afreen, Kai En and Bernadette who have been working tirelessly to ensure that the internship program is delivered with excellence and serving the needs of our students.
We have been at the forefront in the Faculty in offering digital modules such as Lonce’s Interaction Design Modules, the Online Introduction to New Media and Society module targeted at NS (national service)-men, and the many flipped classroom modules that we offer. Teaching innovations such as practice-driven teaching, mobile teaching, teaching in a food pantry, and creating problem-driven communication solutions have been critical components of the module.
The Department also launched the first NUS Coursera Specialization, Public Relations in a Digital World. Comprising of four different modules, the specialization has been heavily subscribed, drawing students from across the world.
Based on the lessons learned in its extensive curriculum innovations, the Department has built capacities for communication and new media pedagogy across Asia, hosting Departments from Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, India, and South Korea on study tours. We have shared our curriculum, classroom technologies, and teaching methods with colleagues across Asia. I have enjoyed the many such opportunities to share the CNM curriculum.
Our Industry Advisory Council has also played a key role in creating spaces for academic-practice conversations, inviting industry leaders into the University. This year, we held Industry-Academic forums on Communicative freedoms and Communication in practice. These forums on one hand showcased CNM thought leadership, and on the other hand, drew on the extensive knowledge of industry partners to frame key communication questions.
The Department has witnessed a number of new junior colleagues who bring with them new energy and hopes for the future. Dr. Andrew Quitmeyer, Dr. Nancy Flude, Dr. Weiquan Lu, Dr. Shaohai Jiang, Dr. Renyi Hong, Dr. Tabarez Neyazi, Dr. Asha Pandi, and Dr. Dazzelyn Zapata joined the Department in 2016-2017 period. This year, we are delighted to welcome Dr. Soo Jung Hong into the Department. Dr. Hong, an already accomplished researcher in Health Communication, received this year the Young Health Communication Scholar Award from the Kentucky Conference in Health Communication, a much-coveted award.
With the new comes the time to acknowledge the many contributions from the past. Colleagues such as Hichang Cho, Lonce Wyse, and Gui Kai Chong have been with CNM since its early days, shaping the department and contributing to its growth. Lonce and Hichang have always been the foundations that have guided me in my journey, there for advice and support. Colleagues such as Milagros Rivera, T. T. Sreekumar, Ingrid Hoofd, Julian Lin, Seow Ting Lee, and Denisa Kera who are no longer with the Department have been amazing contributors to the ethos of CNM. Colleagues Alex Mitchell, Iccha Basnyat, Debalina Dutta, Ee Lyn Tan, Asha Pandi, Eun Hwa Jung, Dazzelyn Zapata, Nancy Flude, Aaron Ng, Raka Shome, Sameer Deshpande have always stepped up to shoulder significant responsibilities in contributing to the everyday workings of CNM as department citizens.
A strong department is held together by the hard work of our administrative team. Jen has held our technical infrastructure together with her sincerity and commitment. The tireless work of Malathi and Gayathri have been quintessential to the dynamism and rapid growth of CNM. Amir joined the team and contributed with his energy and vision. Zafirah and Halimah have joined our team with a sense of commitment to contributing to the Department. As we say goodbye to Gayathri this year, we acknowledge the strong contributions of our administrative team that form the heart of what we do in CNM. A large part of the credit for our growth and sustenance goes to these colleagues. We are grateful to colleagues such as our aunties who make sure the offices, hallways, and restrooms are always clean, and who often go unacknowledged. Our departmental climate has been grounded in this spirit of equality and respect for our staff.
Our research profile has continued to grow globally, with diverse faculty interests being held together by an underlying commitment to moving beyond the ivory tower to generating social impact. This social impact mission is exemplified in research projects that cover digital art collaborations, collaborative music, cancer communication, doctor-patient communication, social media interventions, digital storytelling in games, automation, designing interactive urban spaces, designing ecologically sustainable solutions, creating digital performance art, developing public advocacy campaigns, creating community-based participatory research solutions, etc. The social impact mission of the Department continues to touch lives in ways that push the realms of academic possibilities, while at the same time contributing to the scholarship of communication and digital media. Our 2018 CNM-CARE conference themed Communication Interventions showcased the many innovations that have been nurtured and created at CNM, bringing back colleagues Denisa Kera, T T Sreekumar, and Ingrid Hoofd.
The many speakers and visitors who have shared their work generously with us have helped us grow in our individual and collective journeys. That we are at the crossroads of new conversations is witnessed in these many threads of conversations that have been shared with us by these international colleagues who are leaders in their fields. Cherian George, Raka Shome, Charles Briggs, Anne Gregory, Deborah Lupton, Susan Douglas, Collins Airhihenbuwa, Gary Kreps, Sanjoy Bhattacharya, Debbie Dougherty, Barbara Sharf, Madeline Schwartzman, Biswarup Sen, Glenn Sparks, Kleis Nielsen, Evelyn Ho, Sameer Deshpande, and Jeff Peterson who have spent their invaluable time and energy with us in mentoring, offering workshops on publishing, and opening up conversations.
Our undergraduate and graduate students are truly our best assets. I have loved witnessing the ways in which our undergraduate students have contributed to critical and important conversations in Singapore and the region. The many social enterprises and start-ups they have built speak to the CNM spirit of innovating with a difference. Efforts such as Heart to Climb and Angels of Impact led by our alums reflect the social impact spirit of CNM. In a wide range of ways, our students have contributed to society and community. They have done so bringing their theoretical knowledge and rigorous training in methods together. At the core of these contributions is their commitment to communicating with a heart. The many innovation industries in which our undergraduate students flourish speak to this CNM difference. Our graduate students have continued to shine in Singapore and globally. They have contributed to the many vital contributions of digital and communication spaces in Asia, and continue to push the boundaries of social impact through this important scholarship. For me personally, one of the best parts of the journey in CNM has been the opportunity to learn from and converse with our students.
Summing up, the last six years have offered me excellent opportunities to grow as a teacher, scholar and leader. I have learned from our students, colleagues, and communities that communication is powerful. To believe in the transformative power of communication is to know that the discourses we generate and the meanings we work with create incredible opportunities for others, especially those who are systematically disenfranchised by powerful forces in society.
I wrap up this note sharing snippets of a hymn that I had learned in school as a student with dreams.
It takes courage to answer a call,
It takes courage to lose your all,
It takes courage to risk your name,
It takes courage to be true.
It takes courage to dare,
One that no will share;
To be standing alone,
One whom no one will own;
To be ready to stake for another one’s sake,
It takes courage to be true.
The very best of wishes to you!
You now have a new home in New Zealand to continue with these many conversations.
Edited by Mohan J. Dutta & Raka Shome, National University of Singapore
International Journal of Communication
We are inviting high quality papers on mobilities and communication from interdisciplinary scholars working in the Asian context.
The global movement of capital, commodities, and labor is constituted amid political and economic structures that render salient certain meanings of mobility while at the same time erasing other possibilities for interpreting mobility. Further, the global movement of capital, while enabling and encouraging mobility for some, also render many others immobile, disconnected/erased from the possibilities of movement. To that extent, mobility and immobility are not binaries but are interrelated—an interrelation that expresses and captures the numerous desires and violences of globalization. The figure of the migrant and the various processes of migration make these relations visible while rendering invisible other imaginations of migrancy. Linked to this are mediated and communication practices—such as technology, films, music, social media, remittances, cultural commodities, and more—that play an intrinsic role in shaping and informing various types of migratory movements or lack therefor. Additionally, the transnational migration of communication practices themselves constitute new forms of mobilities and immobilities, agency and identity formations, imaginations and desires.
Communication is central to these above-mentioned processes. For example, technology firms are constantly developing new communication language through software that requires a constant flow of transnational expert workers who are often treated in problematic ways (in terms of cultural recognition and wages) in “host” nations. Similarly, finance capital globally circulates through communicative values and processes (including migrant remittances to their nation of “origin’—a process itself underwritten by non-western values of domesticity and familiality). Transnational movements of celebrities and popular culture (for instance, in Asia) serve diasporic populations in many parts of Asia that have implications for their migrant experience as well as the production of a transnational Asian identity. Disempowered and often stateless migrants (for instance migrant Bangladeshi workers in Asia) connect to or engage their music in their diasporic situations —to produce some sense of cultural security in an otherwise coercive exploitative condition (lacking decent food, shelter, wages and more).
Relations of gender, sexuality, religion, class and nationality are central considerations in these phenomena since migration itself is often wrought with gender and religious violences, discrimination and exploration of poor laborers, and the devaluing of peoples of particular nations in global migratory practices (for instance, White Europeans or Americans are usually seen as “expatriates” while the word migration is reserved for mobilities of non-western peoples even within non-western ‘host’ nations).
Communication Studies as a formal field has hardly paid attention these issues—issues that require urgent exploration from a communication perspective. Such an exploration will further move the field of Communication Studies into considerations of the many dilemmas and challenges of the 21st century that are grounded in the politics of migration.
This edited Special Section seeks to comprehend such phenomena, with specific attention to Asia. It will examine the interplay of communication (broadly considered)—particularly mediated practices—and im/mobilities, attending to how the intersection between the two illustrate the movement of people, labor, representations, commodities, technology and more, across global circuits of culture, economy, and geopolitics.
Submissions will be limited to 6000 words, all-inclusive.
We first solicit detailed abstracts of approximate 500-600 words.
Due: April 31, 2017. Please send abstract to Mohan Dutta at firstname.lastname@example.org
Authors of selected abstracts will be notified by May 31, 2017.
Final papers due: July 31, 2017. Please submit to Mohan Dutta at email@example.com
Please follow the author guidelines at http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
Prof Mohan Dutta, Head of Department, CNM and Director of CARE, will be speaking at the opening session of the National Communication Association’s (NCA) 102nd Annual Convention on Thursday, 11 Nov 2016. The convention will be held from 10-13 Nov 2016 at Philadelphia. Prof Dutta, along with two other communication scholars Dr. Bryant Keith Alexander of Loyola Marymount University and Dr. Billie Murray of Villanova University will lead “Putting Bodies on the Line and Words into Action: Celebrating the Joys of, Challenges in, and Opportunities for Civic Engagement,” a discussion about using communication to address issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality at the opening session.
According to NCA’s press release more than 5000 communication researchers, teachers and students are expected at this year’s convention titled “Communication’s Civic Callings”. The convention will provide a platform to discuss domestic and international issues such as social activism, feminism and gender identity, race and religion, technology, media and entertainment, and so on.
The convention will also honour communication scholars for their research through specific awards. CNM’s Visiting Senior Fellow Dr Raka Shome will be awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award during this convention.