Critical media studies is essential to our understanding of the world. Through media, local communities represent their lifeworlds to faraway audiences. Media industries and infrastructures depend on international arrangements. The translation of media across diverse contexts builds our sense of belonging to an interconnected world. Films, television shows, video games, music videos — these and other media act as elements of the world. This series features conversations with scholars researching and theorizing these topics.

The Global Media Cultures podcast introduces scholarship about the world to the world. Every episode of the podcast showcases an academic article about media in a global context. The author of the article engages in conversation with the podcast host and discusses the research process, context on the subject matter, and any connections between their research and relevant current events. This public humanities project aims to connect researchers of global media studies, particularly junior scholars, to an audience beyond the academy. It is intended as a teaching resource for those in higher education and as an introduction to these topics for anyone interested in the roles that media play in our understanding of the world.

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About the Host

Juan Llamas-Rodriguez researches and teaches media theory, border studies, and global cultures. Find out more at http://www.llamas-rodriguez.com

Latest Episodes

Documentary Ethics and Trans Activism in the Philippines (with Curran Nault)

In this week’s episode, guest Curran Nault discusses his article “Documenting the Dead: Call Her Ganda and the Trans Activist Afterlife of Jennifer Laude,” which analyzes the production and circulation of the documentary that Nault co-produced about the murder of transpinay Jennifer Laude by a US marine. Informed by his roles as both producer and … Continue reading Documentary Ethics and Trans Activism in the Philippines (with Curran Nault)

Brown Girls, White Feminism, and the Necropolitics of War (with Moon Charania)

In this week’s episode, guest Moon Charania discusses her article “Ethical Whiteness and the Death Drive: White Women as the New War Hero,” which examines how contemporary films use white women protagonists to justify drone warfare and military intervention in the Middle East. Charania argues that media mobilize the figure of the suffering brown girl … Continue reading Brown Girls, White Feminism, and the Necropolitics of War (with Moon Charania)

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The End of the American Media Empires (with Michael Curtin)

In this week’s episode, guest Michael Curtin discusses his article “Post Americana: Twenty-First Century Media Globalization” a wide-reaching examination of the political and social forces that shaped the United States’ dominance in global media during the 20th century. Curtin argues that, after nearly a century of American hegemony, media industries are today growing more plastic … Continue reading The End of the American Media Empires (with Michael Curtin)