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

Episode 9: The Digital Age and Instagram My Life (May 2018)

This month we speak to Faye Ginsburg about the digital age and Waseem Shan about his Instagram account Mangalore My Life.



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. This podcast is hosted by Ian M. Cook and Sahana Udupa.

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Further Reading

Ara Irititja

Gapuwiyak Calling

2013. Australia’s Indigenous New Wave: Future Imaginaries In Recent Aboriginal Feature Films. Fonds voor Etnologie Gerbrands Lecture. Gerbrands Lecture Series, #2.

2008. ” Rethinking the Digital Age,” in Global Indigenous Media, Pam Wilson, Michelle Stewart, eds. Atlanta: Duke University Press.

2002. Media Worlds: Anthropology on New Terrain. Co-edited with Lila Abu-Lughod & Brian Larkin. University of California Press.


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