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

Refugee Selfies and the Media of Migration (with Eszter Zimanyi)

In this week’s episode, guest Eszter Zimanyi discusses her article “Digital Transience: Emplacement and Authorship in Refugee Selfies” which analyzes “refugee selfies” collected from Instagram’s Explore Places map feature as an alternative viewpoint on the so-called 2015 European refugee crisis. Zimanyi argues that that refugee selfies are best conceived as a form of digital transience that … Continue reading Refugee Selfies and the Media of Migration (with Eszter Zimanyi)

Liberation and Contagion in the Music of MIA (with Ronak Kapadia)

In this week’s episode, guest Ronak Kapadia discusses his article “Sonic Contagions: Bird Flu, Bandung, and the Queer Cartographies of MIA” which analyzes the work of Sri Lankan diasporic musician, producer, and designer Mathangi Maya Arulpragasam (a.k.a. MIA). MIA’s music offers an opportunity to explore the unlikely intimacies between the diverse histories and political agendas … Continue reading Liberation and Contagion in the Music of MIA (with Ronak Kapadia)

The Enduring Sentimiento of Chavela Vargas (with Lorena Alvarado)

In this week’s episode, guest Lorena Alvarado discusses her article “Never Late: Unwelcome Desires and Diasporas in Chavela Vargas’ Last Works” which analyzes how the last two albums of musical performer Chavela Vargas, Cupaima (2006) and ¡Por mi Culpa! (2010), continue making aesthetic choices that de-form the classic repertoire of rancheras and boleros. These musical … Continue reading The Enduring Sentimiento of Chavela Vargas (with Lorena Alvarado)