(CANCELLED) “The Infrastructures of Empire: A Critical Geopolitics of Media” – Dr. Paula Chakravartty

The Social Justice Institute and
Critical Racial & Anti-Colonial Studies (CRACS) Research Network presents:

Dr. Paula Chakravartty
“The Infrastructures of Empire: A Critical Geopolitics of Media”

March 3, 12-2pm
Fairmont Social Lounge at St. John’s College
2111 Lower Mall, UBC


This event is free and open to the public. RSVP’s are not required to attend, only encouraged.

Abstract: In this talk, I offer a historical overview of the curious dearth of scholarship on the topic of Empire in the field of media studies in the 21st century, over the course of one of the longest US-led wars in global history. An interest in “media imperialism” saw a peak in the 1970s with a subsequent decline as theories of cultural globalization became dominant. Of interest here are the more contested versions of the cultural imperialism critique, initially articulated against the backdrop of international socialist and decolonization movements. These movements emphasized self-reliance and ultimately liberated infrastructures which provides a historical framing, that might help us think more critically about understandings of media, race and empire today.

Paula Chakravartty is Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication and the Gallatin School at NYU. She is on the Steering Committee of South Asia @ NYU and an Affiliated Member at the Kevorkian Center of Near Eastern Studies. She is an active member of the Coalition for Fair Labor (NYU) and on the Steering Committee of the NYU-AAUP, a member of the NYU Working Group on Sanctuary and a member of the Gulf Labor Coalition.