1st Edition

Media and Utopia History, imagination and technology

Edited By Arvind Rajagopal, Anupama Rao Copyright 2016
    374 Pages
    by Routledge India

    370 Pages 9 Color & 20 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge India

    Collective political projects have become ephemeral and are subject to radical forms of erasure through cooptation, division, redefinition or intimidation in present times. Media and Utopia responds to the resulting crisis of the social by investigating the links between mediation and political imagination. This volume addresses those utopian space

     Introduction Part I: Archive and Imagination 1. The Cinematic Soteriology of Bollywood 2. Fetish Power Unbound: A Small History of Woman In Chinese Cinema  3. Civil Contract of Photography in India  Part II: Genealogy 4. Tracking Utopias: Technology, Labour, and Secularism in Bombay Cinema (1930s-1940s)  5. National Becoming, Regional Variation, and Everyday Moments: U.P. and the Film Enquiry  6. Museum as Metaphor: The Politics of an Imagined Ahmedabad  Part III: Nostalgia  7. The Labour of Self-Making: Youth Service Workers, and Post-Socialist Urban Development in Kolkata 8. Nostalgia and the Mediatic Imagination in Tito‘s Yugoslavia  9. Past Futures of Old Media: Gulam Mohammed Sheikh‘s Kaavad: Travelling Shrine: Home  10. Sonic Ruptures: Music, Mobility, and Media  Part IV: Newness 11. Media and Imagination: Ramananda Chatterjee and His Journals in Three Languages  12. Radical Intervention in Dystopian Media Ecologies  13. Posthuman Amusements: Gaming and Virtuality  Part IV: Word and the World 14. Populist Publics: Print Capitalism and Crowd Violence Beyond Liberal Frameworks  Part VI: Political Theology 15. On Innocence: Blasphemy, Pan-Islam and the Uneven Mediation of Utopia


    Arvind Rajagopal is Professor in the Department of Media, Culture and Communication, and an affiliate faculty in the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. His book Politics after Television: Hindu Nationalism and the Reshaping of the Public in India (2001) won the Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy Prize, and his edited volume The Indian Public Sphere appeared in 2009. His recent essays have been on the political culture of post-independence India. He is currently writing about the history of publicity.

    Anupama Rao is Associate Professor of History, Barnard College, Columbia University. She has research and teaching interests in the history of anti-colonialism; gender and sexuality studies; caste and race; historical anthropology, social theory, and colonial genealogies of human rights and humanitarianism. Her book The Caste Question (2009) theorises caste subalternity, with specific focus on the role of anti-caste thought (and its thinkers). She is currently working on a book on the political thought of B. R. Ambedkar as well as a project titled Dalit Bombay, which explores the relationship between caste, political culture, and everyday life in colonial and postcolonial Bombay.