South Asia Institute
South Asia Institute

Shanti Kumar


Associate ProfessorPh.D., Indiana University-Bloomington

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Courses Taught:

(RTF) History of Asian Media; Seminar in South Asian Media; Post-Colonial Theory and Criticism

Courses


RTF 342 • Global Tv: Issues And Probs-W

08205 • Spring 2012
Meets MWF 11:00AM-12:00PM CMA A3.116
(also listed as ANS 372, LAS 322)

The globalization of national television industries and cultures, along with the digital convergence of broadcasting, cable, satellites, cell phones and the internet, has dramatically transformed media landscapes around the world in recent decades.  In this course, we will critically evaluate the new programming and scheduling strategies that global networks (such as CNN, BBC, MTV, TV Globo, and STAR TV) are using to migrate seamlessly from television to a digitally-convergent platform of   TV+ cinema+ internet+ cellphones+ gaming.   We will also examine how television audiences in different parts of the world are negotiating the changing relationship between “public” and “private” spaces in this new multi-platform landscape of digital media that industry experts describe as a “360 degrees experience” of information and entertainment. The course will begin with an introduction to key concepts in global television studies, and consider how commercial and state-run systems of broadcasting have historically dealt with the distinctions of public and private spaces in media culture. The course will then focus on specific case studies from different parts of the world to show how the multi-platform strategy of “360 degrees experience” is being used by various media networks across a range of genres such as news, sports, music, and reality television.  Finally, the course will consider the new forms of audience interactions and participatory cultures emerging at the intersection of television and other media technologies such as the cinema, internet, cellphones and gaming.

ANS 390 • Global Media And Cultural Stds

30650 • Spring 2009
Meets TH 2:00PM-5:00PM UTC 1.136

Study of various Asian studies-related topics that do not focus on any single geographic region.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 372 • Global Media Cultures-W

31335 • Fall 2008
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM CMA A3.124

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  Some topics partially fulfill legislative requirement for American history.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 384 • Postcolonial Thry & Criticism

31285 • Spring 2008
Meets TH 2:00PM-5:00PM NOA 1.110

Study of various aspects and periods of South Asian culture and society.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 390 • Global Media And Cultural Stds

30706 • Spring 2007
Meets F 1:00PM-4:00PM CMA A3.108

Study of various Asian studies-related topics that do not focus on any single geographic region.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 384 • Seminar In South Asian Media

31325 • Fall 2006
Meets W 6:00PM-9:00PM CMA A3.128

Study of various aspects and periods of South Asian culture and society.  Specific offerings are listed in the Course Schedule.  Prerequisite: Graduate standing; additional prerequisites vary with the topic and are given in the Course Schedule.

ANS 372 • History Of Indian Cinema

29712 • Spring 2006
Meets W 4:00PM-7:00PM WEL 3.402

May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.  Some topics partially fulfill legislative requirement for American history.  Prerequisite: Varies with the topic and is given in the Course Schedule.

Publications


Publications

  • Gandhi Meets Primetime: Globalization and Nationalism in Indian Television. (Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2006).
  • Co-editor, Planet TV: A Global Television Reader (New York: New York University Press, 2003).

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