SANCHARI DE

SANCHARI DE

Participant in 2015
Work history PROJECT FELLOW AT MEDIA LAB, DEPT. OF FILM
STUDIES, JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY, July 2011- October 2011
Job description: Research and maintain the archive of History of Indian Cinema (1950s)
Study history Year 2014 - present
Ph.D researcher at the Department of Communication and Media, Lund University


Year: 2009 to 2011
M.A. Film Studies
Jadavpur University
Dissertation : Mediatized 9/11 : Bollywood’s Negotiation with Global Terror
Supervisor : Dr. Madhuja Mukherjee

Year: 2007 to 2009
M.A. English Literature
University of Calcutta


Year: 2004 to 2007
B.A.(Honours) English Literature
Maulana Azad College
University of Calcutta

Phd Projects

2015

Digital Media, Political Mobilization and the Aesthetics of Information: A Case Study of Shahbag Movement of 2013 in Bangladesh

This research focuses on the connection between digital media and social movements. Social movements and mass gathering in streets these days are accompanied by abundance of images. Whether it is newspaper coverage , or electronic media's attempt add dramatic credibility to a coverage through spectacular images captured by the protesters or bystanders, images seem to declare the ontology of physical movements. I will study the extent to which production, distribution and consumtion of visual and verbal information through online and offline social networks play a significant role in communicating the political aspect of Shahbag Movement of Bangladesh in 2013 . The Blogger-Activist Forum initially started the Shahbag movement and mainstream media covered the protest in detail. Gradually the convergence of media spheres opens up the debate between religion and politics. This case will therefore be helpful in problematizing the relation between online activism and representations of physical performances in relation to the larger sphere of democracy and political progress.

Drawing upon Ariella Azouley’s (2011) argument that images circulated within an intimate public could become the an evidence for a crime depending upon the platforms and the communicative infrastructure, I aim to address questions of the emergence of the political through the circulation and consumption of information and how these are often intermingled with the power structure of a network.
With the rise digital new media, the collective actions of late 2000 show the importance of the network of online and offline activities. Although the original spaces of resistance might be formed on the Internet, offline social networks should not be ignored to comprehend the dynamics of connectivity and engagement. In this context I will refer to the concepts and debates on network initiated by Jose van Dijk (2013), Manuel Castells (2012) et all.

I will argue that the narratives on the pro-protest blogosphere and representations and circulation of protest performances activate a network of shared cultural struggle over identity and belonging within the democracy of a developing nation-state such as Bangladesh.

References:
Azoulay, A. (2011). Getting Rid of the Distinction between the Aesthetic and the Political. Theory, Culture & Society, 27(7-8), 239-262.

Castells, Manuel (2012), Networks of outrage and hope: Social movements in the Internet age, Cambridge: Polity Press.

Dijck , José van (2013), The Culture of Connectivity A Critical History of Social Media, USA: Oxford University Press.

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