The Centre for Culture, Media and Governance is configured as a focal point of teaching, research, training and Policy Advocacy in the domain of Interdisciplinary Communication Studies in India and South Asia. We recognise that such a vision, with communication as a frame of reference, cannot be realised within existing disciplinary confines. The Centre recognises the need for an interdisciplinary commitment because communication plays a pivotal role in the organisation of Institutional forms, symbolic system and pattern of everyday life throughout the Indian subcontinent. Research on communication is closely linked to questions of public policy and the state, of economic and technological expansion, and more broadly to social and cultural issues. The Centre identifies three interlocking areas identified for Basic and Applied research:
Frameworks of Media Governance
Any study of democracy in South Asia cannot ignore how the media report and interpret political events and issues, and how the media itself influence political interventions, catalyse participatory processes and shape public opinion. Furthermore, different policy practices have contributed to arrangements of cultural rights, regulatory regimes and informatisation in general. It is here that our thrust on the dynamics of media governance, especially in the making of an active citizenship, gets interlocked with the other two thrusts
Anatomies of Mediated Cultures
One of the defining features of modernity is that formations of discourse and imagery tend to fragment and proliferate, creating a complex and contested cultural field. We view the cultural field as a site of contests in which contending discourses and regimes of aural and visual representation struggle for visibility, credibility and for ascendancy. The various thematic rubrics herein find a locus for questions on/about the inter-relationship between cultures (of work & leisure), technologies (mechanical & digital) and the social.
Ecologies of Mediascapes
The two-way relationship between communication and industrialisation in the 20th century India is waiting to be explored. Excavating this together with the evolving ecology of media industries in the last 15 years gives an opportunity to explore the unprecedented social changes reshaping our historical present. The recent ascendancy of the creative industries in India forces us to investigate them as fulcrums of entertainment, information and as economic processes, including their national and trans-national institutional frameworks.
The objectives of the Centre is to study the interlink-age between media and governance in their various forms, at different site and their grounding in wider political, economic and historical processes. The aim is to explore the growing complexity in the governance of media institutions i.e. regulatory reform, best practice and legal instruments that shape media justice, access & equity. The idea is to track experience of governance through communication system i.e. the creation of procedures, norms leading to transparency & accountability, inclusiveness & participation, as also the underling notions of governmentality, sovereignty and communication rights. The focus is on developing pedagogical innovations in both academia and professional training. The Centre aims to initiate debate, share research & encourage dialogue between academia, government, civil society and industry at the local, national and global levels. The Centre strives to work as a think tank in addressing the dilemmas of governance in the new epoch of mediated culture