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


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.

Friday, 11 March

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Tuning In with the Stethoscope in the Nineteenth CenturyDr Melissa Dickson (University of Birmingham)

Friday, 25 March


Early Adventures in Australian Actor Training

Dr Chris Hay

Friday, 8 April

Online via Zoom

Invention and reinvention in the landscape symbolism of Joachim PatinirMichael Levy

Friday, 29 April

Online via Zoom

Negotiating balance of cultures among Chinese Australians to facilitate ageing well

A/Prof Shuang Liu

Friday, 13 May


Redefining crisis in museums: insider’s perspectives on digital engagement

Dr Caroline Wilson-Barnao, Craig Middleton (National Museum of Australia), and Lisa Enright

Friday, 3 June

Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

A journey through the Australian environmental movement ecosystem

Dr Robyn Gulliver

Friday, 10 June

Online via Zoom

TBADr Alex Bevan



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