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Somnath Batabyal, Ph.D. (London)


Somnath Batabyal, Ph.D. (London)


Über Somnath Batabyal

Profile at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

website: sacredmediacow.com



Curriculum Vitae: Somnath Batabyal


E-mail: batabyal@asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de

Phone: + 91 9990257529 (India)

+49 01578-6162547 (Germany)

Current Academic Positions

March 2009 – present         Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Heidelberg working within the Excellence Cluster, Asia and Europe in a Global Context

April 2010 – present            Post Doctoral Research Associate, Centre for Media and Film Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

December 2009 – present   Adjunct Fellow at the Centre for Culture, Media and Governance, Jamia Millia Islamia University, New Delhi

Academic Employment

September 2007 – 2009     Teaching Fellow at SOAS. Convenor of two postgraduate courses

September 2007 – 2008     Lecturer, ‘Television and Identities’, Media Programme at Royal Holloway, University of London

September 2006 – 2007     Teaching Assistant and tutor for the MA Transnational Course, SOAS

July 2004 – 2006:                 Consultant with the Open University, Milton Keynes, UK


September 2004 – 2009:    PhD, SOAS, University of London.

September 2003 – 2004:    Masters Degree (Merit) in the Anthropology of the Media from SOAS

September 1991 – 1994:    Undergraduate Degree in English Literature at the University of Delhi. Graduated with Honours and ranked second in the University

Journalistic Employment

February 2007 – 2009:       Weekly columnist from London for Indian daily Metro Now

Aug 2001 – Sept 2003:        Bureau Chief of West Bengal for New Delhi Television (NDTV)

Aug 1998 – July 2001:         Correspondent with weekly news magazine The Week, New Delhi

April 1996 – July 1998:       Reporter with Hindustan Times, New Delhi’s largest selling broadsheet

March 1995 – March 1996             Staff Reporter with The Pioneer, a reputed New Delhi broadsheet.

Sept 1994 – February 1995            Sub Editor at The Asian Age

Scholarships and Grants

1991-1994                            Government of India National Talent Search Scholarships

Sept 2003-2004                   Commonwealth Scholar

2004-2007                            Paul Foundation Research Grant

2005-2006                            University of London Fieldwork Grant and SOAS Research Grants

2000                                       The Dhiren Bhagat Award for Investigative Journalism, including two-month working scholarship with The Daily Telegraph, London

2000                                       Chevening Young Print Journalist Award, including two-month programme at the University of Westminster, London and a month of work experience at The Sunday Times, London

Ausgewählte Publikationen

Article for broadsheet in Bangladesh on language politics in the North Eastern India. Read here.

Recent and forthcoming publications (2010-2011)

New Delhi' Times: Creating a Myth for a City, in Chaturvedi, B. (ed) Finding Delhi: Loss and Renewal in a Mega City, Penguin, 2010, New Delhi. 

Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change, Batabyal, Chowdhury, Gaur and Pohjonen (eds), Routledge, 2010, New Delhi, London, 2011  (peer reviewed)

Editorial! Where art thou? Corporate Practices in Indian Television in Batabyal et al (eds) Indian Mass Media and the Politics of Change, Routledge, 2011, New Delhi, London (peer reviewed)

Constructing an Audience: News Television Practices in India, Contemporary South Asia (18-4), Routledge, Dec 2010, London (peer reviewed)

Death of Imagination: Middle class nation and television news in India, Continuum, 2011, Routledge, Australia (forthcoming)(peer reviewed)