Online Gods – A Podcast about Digital Cultures in India and Beyond

Episode 3: Digital Diaspora Politics and a Right Wing Twitter Superstar (October 2017)

In this episode we speak with Victoria Bernal about digital diaspora politics & Rishi Bagree about being a right wing twitter superstar



Online Gods is part theoretical exploration into some of the key concepts in the anthropology of media, and part research into how increased online interaction is changing the public sphere. Taking India and the India diaspora as its focal point, the podcast continues in the great anthropological tradition of bringing the global and the specific into conversation with one another as it analyses what online discussions do to political participation, displays of faith and feelings of national belonging. We are also intrigued as to whether a podcast can produce ethnographic theory. We believe It is possible to be both sophisticated and yet comprehensible, and that the spoken form can bring forth an accessibility that is sometimes missing from the written form. We even wonder whether academic podcasting might herald a technologically-enabled return to the centrality of oral traditions in intellectual exploration – can podcasting weaken reading’s hegemonic hold on consumption of academic knowledge? Online Gods is a key initiative of the project ONLINERPOL and is cohosted with HAU Network for Ethnographic Theory. This podcast is hosted by Ian M. Cook and Sahana Udupa.

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Further Reading
Nation as Network: Data, Cyberspace and Citizenship (University of Chicago Press, 2014)

Please Forget Democracy and Justice: Eritrean and the Powers of Humor.”
American Ethnologist Vol 40 (2):300-309, May 2013.

“Civil Society and Cyberspace: Reflections on Dehai, Asmarino and Awate.”
Africa Today Vol 60(2):20-36, Winter 2013.

Diaspora, Cyberspace and Political Imagination: the Eritrean Diapora Online.
Global Networks 6(2):161-179, 2006.

Eritrea On-line: Diaspora, Cyberspace, and the Public Sphere.
American Ethnologist 32(4):660-675, 2005.

Eritrea Goes Global: Reflections on Nationalism in a Transnational Era.
Cultural Anthropology 19(1):3-25, 2004.


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