This presentation will specifically deal with the history and theorisation of contested religion, media & culture in India. It will begin with a brief account of some of the early structural functionalist studies that dealt with Indian (Hindu) culture that were couched mainly in ideational terms before dealing with studies that problematized the relationship between religion, media and culture within the non-Brahman movements in Maharashtra and Tamilnadu. In the context of this latter tradition one sees the beginnings of efforts by academics to capture the role played by both the ideational and the material. It will deal with the academic explorations of contested religion against the background of religious nationalism, the rise of the Hindutva movement and the upsurge in minority fundamentalisms.

Pradip Ninan Thomas is at the School of Communication & Arts, University of Queensland. He has written extensively on the media in India and on religion and media.

11.00am Friday 26 August 2016
Seminar Room, Level 4 Forgan Smith Tower,
University of Queensland, St Lucia
For further information, please contact or 07 334 69492

About Research Seminar and Workshop Series


Writing and communicating about pandemics: 2020 School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Semester 1, 2020 Seminars & Workshops


Friday, 13 March

Literature as Media: Chinese Online Literature—Storytellers, platforms and transmedia literary world

(Part of the Platform Media: Algorithms, Accountability and Media Design EVENTS)

Dr Tony Xiang Ren, Western Sydney University, with A/Prof Kim Wilkins, Dr Helen Marshall & Emily Baulch

Friday, 27 March



Dr Cedric Courtois

Friday, 10 April


TBC Dr Beck Wise

Friday, 24 April



Dr Skye Doherty

Friday, 8 May


TBC Dr Andrea Bubenik

Friday, 22 May


TBC Dr Chris Hay

Friday, 5 June

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Imagining the End of the World: Writing the Apocalypse before Covid-19 Dr Helen Marshall

Friday, 3 July

Online via Zoom:

Research Seminar - Developing Disciplinary Literacies in Hybrid Classes

Dr Beck Wise



Level 4, Forgan Smith Building (#1)
Seminar Room