GIAN Programme: Studying Gender, Digital Labor and Globalization: Theory and Method

Dr. Radhika Gajjala

30th July - 10th August, 2018

Department of Media and Communication Studies

Introduction to the GIAN Course:

We will be exploring the ways that gender and technology have defined and redefined each other socially and culturally. The course therefore introduces students to some key issues in Feminism and Technology within the context of Globalization. Students will explore key themes along suggested frameworks by examining specific contexts of gender and technology in India as these contexts are shaped by globalization and by national and regional cultures, policy and economic realities. The class members will also be connected with existing international collectives such as the Fembotcollective ( and Femtechnet ( and local organizations such as the Center for Internet and Society in Bangalore, India ( for potential longer term collaborations. Students will be engaged in reading, writing, discussion and in active research around theseissues along four main themes:

  • Discourse: how the discourses around gender and women’s issues are being producedin India through use of social media
  • Labor: gendered labor and its role in digital globalization
  • Body: space, place, technology and the gendered body
  • Methodology- an introduction to feminist methods

VIDEOS: YouTube playlist of Live broadcast of the Lecture series

About Dr. Radhika Gajjala

Publications and details:  

Radhika Gajjala (PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1998) is a Professor of Media and Communication at Bowling Green State University, USA. She has published books  on Cyberculture and the Subaltern (Lexington Press, 2012) and Cyberselves: Feminist Ethnographies of South Asian Women was published (Altamire, 2004). She has co-edited collections on Cyberfeminism 2.0 (2012), Global Media, Culture and Identity (2011), South Asian Technospaces (2008) & Webbing Cyberfeminist Practice (2008). Her  research has covered topics such as microfinance online, digital financialization to P2P lending and borrowing based in social media and neoliberal entrepreneurship, crowd-funding, ICT4D and leisure, women’s prosumption through onlineplatforms of leisure and so on. She is currently continuing work on three books that are interrelated (the reason why the books must be worked on parallel – long story...): "Philanthropy 2.0", "Tangled yarn  and tangled wires",  "Digital  Diasporas: Labor, Affect and Technomediation of  South Asia".

Dr. Gajjala was Fulbright Professor of Digital Culture at University of Bergen, Norway in 2015 - 2016.

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