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|FILLM Podcast: Professor Tania Lewis|
| 14.3.2017 |
Previously, we've promised that the our podcasts with Professor Anvita Abbi and Dr Sukrita Paul Kumar would be followed by a third talk which, like the two others, would act as a warm-up for the 27th FILLM Congress in Delhi.
Here, on the eve of the Congress, we're very happy but also slightly disappointed to bring you the final podcast. Disappointed, because our speaker, Professor Tania Lewis, was initially meant to deliver her talk as a plenary lecture at the 27th FILLM Congress this week. Happy, because when Professor Lewis realised she would be prevented from attending the Congress she very kindly agreed to have her lecture recorded and published here on the FILLM website.
Professor Lewis's talk is entitled "Magical Modernities: The Familiar and the Exotic on Indian Spiritual Lifestyle TV" and in it she discusses her new book Telemodernities co-authored with Fran Martin and Wanning Sun for Duke University Press. Drawing on four years of research with television industry professionals, households and viewers in China, India and Taiwan, this book considers how trends in Asian television programming offer insight into global forms of media culture, identities, and social engagement in the twenty-first century. Drawing upon a multiple modernities approach, the talk seeks to locate South Asian television as a marker and harbinger of potential future trends in the space of contemporary media modernities or media publics.
Professor Lewis is Deputy Dean of Research & Innovation in the School of Media & Communication at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Known internationally for her work on emerging trends in lifestyle & consumption, she has authored and co-authored three books Smart Living (Lang 2008), Digital Ethnography (Sage 2016) and most recently Telemodernities: Television and Transforming Lives in Asia. She has also edited and co-edited 4 collections with Routledge including Green Asia: Ecocultures, Sustainable Lifestyles, and Ethical Consumption and Lifestyle Media in Asia: Consumption, Aspiration and Identity. She is a chief investigator on the Australian Research Council Discovery project, ‘Ethical Consumption: From the Margins to the Mainstream’ and on ‘Work-life Ecologies: Lifestyle, Sustainability, Practices’, funded by RMIT’s Sustainable Urban Precincts Project. In addition, Tania is the author of more than 40 refereed articles and book chapters.
You can see Professor Lewis's talk here or by visiting FILLM on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube.