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Prof. Dr. Nadja-Christina Schneider

Professor for Gender and Media Studies in the South Asian Region

Contact: nadja-christina.schneider@asa.hu-berlin.de

Project: "Youth Protests in the City: Medialised Delhi and an emerging genre of urban films"
Initiative: Urban Spaces

The focus of this project will be laid on an emerging genre of fictional Hindi films that can be catego-rized as new urban films set in contemporary Delhi. From the disciplinary perspective of visual soci-ology, films can be regarded as genuine urban films if the metropolis possesses an identity of its own or if certain urban spaces and places acquire a central meaning for the plot. The project would like to expand this definition with regard to the genre of urban films set in Delhi, and include the feature of different medialities in the capital which are made visible in these films and sometimes also reflected upon. This may refer to a variety of communication media technologies, which are increasingly used by the protagonists or to the corporate media in the metropolis which sometimes form an integral part of the storyline. I argue that the new kind of urban films which are set in contemporary Delhi provide us with very interesting visualisations and reflections about two interlocking levels of 1) an increasing medialisation of urban lifeworlds and lifestyles and 2) the growing medialisation of the politics of urban youth protest in India.

About Nadja-Christina Schneider:

Nadja-Christina Schneider is Professor in Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region. She holds a PhD in South Asian Studies and has a background in South Asian Studies, Islamic Studies and Modern History.
Between October 2009 and February 2017, she was responsible for the then newly established Cross-Sectional Department Media and Society at the Institute for Asian and African Studies, Humboldt University Berlin. Her areas of interest include Area Media Studies, Gender and Mobility Studies and Urban Movement Studies. Prof. Schneider has worked and published on the role of the Indian press in the context of the Shah Bano case and subsequent debate on Muslim Personal Law; on the development of the Indian media system and changing media environments in post-liberalization India; documentary filmmakers working on Gender and Islam and on the emergence of Delhi as a cinematic city. She is currently preparing a book on the visualization of new reproductive technologies and changing family constellations in fictional and documentary films. Her most recent publications include a co-edited volume titled “Studying Youth, Media and Gender in Post-Liberalisation India. Focus on and beyond the ‘Delhi Gang Rape’” (2015, with Fritzi-Marie Titzmann) and a co-edited volume titled “New Media Configurations and Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Asia and the Arab World (2015, with Carola Richter).

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