BiographyDipankar Sinha is Professor of Political Science and Director, Centre or Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Calcutta. He is also Honorary Associate of the Centre for Media History, Macquarie University, and Nominated Member, Association of Global Studies (formerly, Association of Third World Studies), USA. He is engaged in postgraduate teaching and research for the last three decades. He also acts in advisory capacity in various academic, governmental, non-governmental, corporate and civil society organizations.
Sinha has authored Development Communication: Contexts for the Twenty-First Century, Media Sanskriti (in Bangla, tr. Media Culture), Communicating Development in the New World Order: A Critical Analysis, and Development Narratives: Walking the Field in Rural West Bengal. His co-authored volumes include Media, Gender and Popular Culture in India: Tracking Change and Continuity, Self-help Groups in West Bengal: Challenges of Development and Empowerment. He has also co-edited Webs of History: Information, Communication and Technology from Early to Post-Colonial India, and Democratic Governance in India: Reflections and Refractions.
Sinha’s last two authored books, The Information Game in Democracy (2018) and The Social Sciences in a Global Age: Decoding Knowledge Politics (2021) are from Routledge.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Sinha’s area of research and publications primarily focus on the informational dialectics of governance and development in the post-globalization era from the vantage point of critical political economy. He is currently exploring the hidden modes of communicative maneuvering of established democracies, with dual focus on media and new technology, and the politics of research methodology in the non-western contexts.
Exploring the threads and dynamics of contemporary society from various genres of media--- old and new.
Indian and western popular music and popular movies.