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Dr Shakuntala Banaji

Associate Professor, Programme Director: MSc Media, Communication & Development

Shakuntala lectures on International Media and the Global South, Film theory and World Cinema, and Critical Approaches to Media, Communication and Development in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE. She is the Programme Director for the Master’s in Media, Communication and Development. Shakuntala has a BA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick; a Post Graduate Certificate of Education from Goldsmiths College, University of London, an MA English Studies in Education and a PhD Media and Communication from the Institute of Education, University of London, where she worked as a lecturer and researcher from 2004-2010. Before entering academia, she was a teacher of English and Media Studies in London schools through the 1990s.

Shakuntala has published extensively on young people, children and media as well as gender, ethnicity and Hindi cinema, with articles on Hindi horror films and excluded youth and news consumption and children, social class and media in India recently published; and chapters on orientalism and racism in Media, and child stars in Hindi cinema forthcoming. She has also published on creativity, the internet and civic participation. Her current research addresses the intersection between socio-political context, media, identity and participation. Her focus is on the lives of children and young people in different geographical and class contexts, with a critical take on the ways in which rhetorical conceptions of citizenship, development, engagement and digital media construct and position child and youth subjectivities. These themes are being pursued through two new projects. The European Commission Horizon 2020 Young 5a funded project, CATCHEyoU - Constructing Active Citizenship with European youth: policies, practices, challenges and solutions, which investigates media constructions, participatory practices and policy visions of youth active citizenship. And, Personalised Media and Participatory Culture (2015-2017) won in collaboration with Dr Mohammad Ibahrine at American University Sharjah, funded by the LSE Middle East centre's Academic Collaboration with Arab Universities Programme.

External Committments 

Shakuntala is lead editor for an exciting Anthem Press book series, Global Media and Communication. She was an expert for Media Development NGO Internews project in India, Kenya and Brazil with regard to media representations and popular understandings of child rights in India. She guest lectures and gives keynotes at a variety of venues across Europe. Previously she has been Lead Researcher on the project 'Creativity and Innovation in European Schools' which she won jointly with Futurelab Bristol, for the European Union's Institute of Prospective Technological Studies; she was UK Research Officer on the seven-country European Union funded project Civicweb: Young People, Civic Participation and the Internet (2006-2009) for which the Institute of Education was lead partner; and she worked on a review of literature outlining Rhetorics of Creativity (2005-2006) for Creative Partnerships. She has served as an external examiner on a BA Education and Social Science, St. Mary's University (2012-2015); She is also a member of the International Centre for Education for Democratic Citizenship, (Birkbeck and Institute of Education). She has acted as internal and external examiner on doctoral work about journalism, nationalism, representation, youth, gender, work and media. 

Longstanding research interests include the socio-political contexts of audiences, the meaning, history and textual study of cinema, particularly South Asian media and Hindi films (aka Bollywood), representations of children, child labour and child rights, with a specific focus on South Asia and low income contexts in the global south, critical approaches to pedagogy, communication and development, politically innovative development projects, news reception, tensions between popular and elite media, internet cultures, online civic participation, young people and cultural identities. Her research focuses on children and young people's interactions with media genres and technologies both old and new, and the ways in which interactions between childhood, media, representation and group identities have been theorised in diverse philosophical, political, cultural and social contexts.  

Shakuntala is writing a new book Children and Media in India based on original interviews and observations with diverse children and families over the past decade, to be published by Routledge in winter 2016. In particular, this work will examine the ways in which children from different regions in India, social classes and backgrounds experience, participate in and make meaning from old and new media, school, local cultures and labour; the ways in which their lives in these arena are understood, represented and theorised in South Asia and the West; and the ways in which common theorisations of 'the digital', 'risk', and childhood serve to silence or elevate the interests of particular groups of children.

Shakuntala has been a contributor to the 46-country World Hobbit Project, January 2013-December 2015. This remains the biggest audience research project of all time, with more than 35,000 responses to the questionnaire! This project builds on previous audience research work in relation to comparative audience reception of film, and offers a fresh dataset with which to theorise the changing relationship of international films and audiences.

Previous research on online civic participation is available in The Civic Web co-authored with David Buckingham and on democracy and citizenship in Youth Participation in Democratic Life  co-authored with Cammaerts, Bruter, Harrison and Anstead. Accessible summaries of these six years of research can also be found in a series of reports on the website www.civicweb.eu; in a Tedx talk given at the University of Hasselt, Belgium; in discussion with Professor Connor Gearty: ‘What does it Mean to be a Citizen?’; and in an accessible podcast of a webbinar on the site of the International Journal of Learning and Media - http://ijlm.net/webinarforum/21-civic-participation-dml-europeThe Civic Web, arose from EU Framework 6 funded research with young people and online civic producers across Europe and Turkey, examining technological tools for participation and links between online and offline civic participation, motivation, interactivity, context as well as national institutional responses to young people's engagement.

Books

Children and media in India: narratives on learning, media and social change
Banaji, Shakuntala (2016) Children and media in India: narratives on learning, media and social change. Routledge, London. (In Press)

Youth participation in Europe: hope and disillusion
Cammaerts, Bart, Bruter, Michael, Banaji, Shakuntala, Harrison, Sarah and Anstead, N. (2016) Youth participation in Europe: hope and disillusion. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke. (In Press)

Youth participation in democratic life: stories of hope and disillusion
Cammaerts, Bart, Bruter, Michael, Banaji, Shakuntala, Harrison, Sarah and Anstead, Nick (2015) Youth participation in democratic life: stories of hope and disillusion. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, Hampshire . ISBN 9781137540201

The civic web: young people, the Internet and civic participation
Banaji, Shakuntala and Buckingham, David (2013) The civic web: young people, the Internet and civic participation. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation series on digital media and learning . MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA. ISBN 9780262019644

South Asian media cultures: audiences, representations, contexts
Banaji, Shakuntala, ed. (2010) South Asian media cultures: audiences, representations, contexts. Anthem Press, London, UK. ISBN 978-1843318422

'Reading Bollywood': the young audience and Hindi films
Banaji, Shakuntala (2006) 'Reading Bollywood': the young audience and Hindi films. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, US. ISBN 9780230001725

Articles 

Behind the high-tech fetish: children, work and media use across classes in India
Banaji, Shakuntala (2015) Behind the high-tech fetish: children, work and media use across classes in India. International Communication Gazette, 77 (6). pp. 519-532. ISSN 1748-0485

Bollywood horror as an uncanny public sphere: genre theories, postcolonial concepts, and the insightful audience
Banaji, Shakuntala (2014) Bollywood horror as an uncanny public sphere: genre theories, postcolonial concepts, and the insightful audience. Communication, Culture and Critique, 7 (4). pp. 453-471. ISSN 1753-9129

Citizens of nowhere land: youth and news consumption in Europe
Banaji, Shakuntala and Cammaerts, Bart (2014) Citizens of nowhere land: youth and news consumption in Europe. Journalism Studies, 16 (1). pp. 115-132. ISSN 1461-670X

The myth of youth apathy: young Europeans' critical attitudes toward democratic life
Cammaerts, Bart, Bruter, Michael, Banaji, Shakuntala, Harrison, Sarah and Anstead, Nick (2013) The myth of youth apathy: young Europeans' critical attitudes toward democratic life. American Behavioral Scientist, online . ISSN 0002-7642

Everyday racism and "my tram experience": emotion, civic performance and learning on YouTube
Banaji, Shakuntala (2013) Everyday racism and "my tram experience": emotion, civic performance and learning on YouTube. Comunicar, 20 (40). pp. 69-78. ISSN 1134-3478

Providing a platform for parents? Exploring the nature of parental engagement with school learning platforms
Selwyn, N., Banaji, Shakuntala, Hadjithoma-Garstka, C. and Clark, W. (2011) Providing a platform for parents? Exploring the nature of parental engagement with school learning platforms. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 27 (4). pp. 314-323. ISSN 0266-4909

Framing young citizens: explicit invitation and implicit exclusion on European youth civic websites
Banaji, Shakuntala (2011) Framing young citizens: explicit invitation and implicit exclusion on European youth civic websites. Language and Intercultural Communication, 11 (2). pp. 126-141. ISSN 1470-8477

Seduced ‘outsiders’ versus sceptical ‘insiders’?: Slumdog Millionaire through its re/viewers
Banaji, Shakuntala (2010) Seduced ‘outsiders’ versus sceptical ‘insiders’?: Slumdog Millionaire through its re/viewers. Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, 7 (1). pp. 1-24. ISSN 1749-8716

Young people, the Internet, and civic participation: an overview of key findings from the CivicWeb Project
Banaji, Shakuntala and Buckingham, David (2010) Young people, the Internet, and civic participation: an overview of key findings from the CivicWeb Project. International Journal of Learning and Media, 2 (1). pp. 15-24. ISSN 1943-6068

The civic sell: young people, the internet, and ethical consumption
Banaji, Shakuntala and Buckingham, David (2009) The civic sell: young people, the internet, and ethical consumption. Information, Communication and Society, 12 (8). pp. 1197-1223. ISSN 1369-118X

"Who are the girls?": reflections on ethnicity, culture, and the idea of 'girlhood' in 'Commentary and criticism'
Banaji, Shakuntala (2009) "Who are the girls?": reflections on ethnicity, culture, and the idea of 'girlhood' in 'Commentary and criticism'. Feminist Media Studies, 9 (1). pp. 118-121. ISSN 1468-0777

The trouble with civic: a snapshot of young people's civic and political engagements in twenty-first-century democracies
Banaji, Shakuntala (2008) The trouble with civic: a snapshot of young people's civic and political engagements in twenty-first-century democracies. Journal of Youth Studies, 11 (5). pp. 543-560. ISSN 1469-9680

Creativity through a rhetorical lens: implications for schooling, literacy and media education
Banaji, Shakuntala and Burn, Andrew (2007) Creativity through a rhetorical lens: implications for schooling, literacy and media education. Literacy, 41 (2). pp. 62-70. ISSN 1741-4350

Loving with irony: young Bombay viewers discuss clothing, sex and their encounters with media
Banaji, Shakuntala (2006) Loving with irony: young Bombay viewers discuss clothing, sex and their encounters with media. Sex Education, 6 (4). pp. 377-391. ISSN 1472-0825

'Neutrality comes from inside us': British-Asian and Indian perspectives on television news after 11 September
Banaji, Shakuntala and Al-Ghabban, Ammar (2006) 'Neutrality comes from inside us': British-Asian and Indian perspectives on television news after 11 September. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 32 (6). pp. 1005-1026. ISSN 1469-9451

Young people viewing Hindi films: ideology, pleasure and meaning
Banaji, Shakuntala (2006) Young people viewing Hindi films: ideology, pleasure and meaning. Merz: Medien + Erziehung , 3 . pp. 12-18. ISSN 0723-399X

Portrait of an Indian education
Banaji, Shakuntala (2005) Portrait of an Indian education. Changing English, 12 (2). pp. 157-166. ISSN 1469-3585

Private lives and public spaces: the precarious pleasures of gender discourse in Raja Hindustani
Banaji, Shakuntala (2002) Private lives and public spaces: the precarious pleasures of gender discourse in Raja Hindustani. Women: a Cultural Review, 13 (2). pp. 179-194. ISSN 0957-4042

Indian education in 2001: an overview
Banaji, Shakuntala (2001) Indian education in 2001: an overview. Forum: for Promoting 3-19 Comprehensive Education, 43 (3). pp. 151-152. ISSN 0963-8253

Book section

Bollywood's periphery: child stars and representations of childhood in Hindi films
Banaji, Shakuntala (2016) Bollywood's periphery: child stars and representations of childhood in Hindi films. In: O'Connor, J. and Mercer, J., (eds.) Childhood and Celebrity. Routledge, London, UK. (In Press)

Slippery subjects: gender, meaning and the Bollywood audience
Banaji, Shakuntala (2013) Slippery subjects: gender, meaning and the Bollywood audience. In: Carter, Cynthia, Steiner, Linda and McLaughlin, Lisa, (eds.) The Routledge Companion to Media and Gender. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 493-502. ISBN 9780415527699

What’s stopping us? Barriers to creativity and innovation in schooling across Europe
Banaji, Shakuntala, Cranmer, Sue and Perrotta, Carlo (2013) What’s stopping us? Barriers to creativity and innovation in schooling across Europe. In: Thomas, Kerry and Chan, Janet, (eds.) Handbook of Research on Creativity. Elgar original reference. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK, pp. 450-463. ISBN 9780857939807

Hindi film audiences outside South Asia
Banaji, Shakuntala (2013) Hindi film audiences outside South Asia. In: Gokulsing, K. and Dissanayake, Wimal , (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, pp. 391-401. ISBN 9780415677745

Creating the civic web: exploring the perspectives of web producers in Europe and Turkey
Banaji, Shakuntala and Buckingham, David (2013) Creating the civic web: exploring the perspectives of web producers in Europe and Turkey. In: Olsson, Tobias, (ed.) Producing the Internet: Critical Perspectives of Social Media. Research Anthologies and Monographs. Nordicom, Göteborg, Sweden, pp. 221-238. ISBN 9789186523596

A tale of three worlds: young people, media and class in India
Banaji, Shakuntala (2012) A tale of three worlds: young people, media and class in India. In: Henseler, Christine, (ed.) Generation X Goes Global: Mapping a Youth Culture in Motion. Routledge research in cultural and media studies. Routledge, New York, USA, pp. 33-50. ISBN 9780415699440

Young people’s online civic participation
Hirzalla, Fadi and Banaji, Shakuntala (2012) Young people’s online civic participation. In: Yan, Zheng, (ed.) Encyclopedia of Cyber Behavior. IGI Global, Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 996-1009. ISBN 9781466603158

"Bollywood" adolescents: young viewers discuss childhood, class and Hindi films
Banaji, Shakuntala (2012) "Bollywood" adolescents: young viewers discuss childhood, class and Hindi films. In: Benwell, Bethan, Procter, James and Robinson, Gemma, (eds.) Postcolonial Audiences: Readers, Viewers and Reception. Routledge research in postcolonial literatures. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 57-72. ISBN 9780415888714

Children’s media encounters in contemporary India: exclusion, leisure and learning
Banaji, Shakuntala (2012) Children’s media encounters in contemporary India: exclusion, leisure and learning. In: Hoechsmann, M. and Poyntz, S., (eds.) Media Literacy: a Critical Introduction. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK.

Mapping the rhetorics of creativity
Banaji, Shakuntala (2011) Mapping the rhetorics of creativity. In: Sefton-Green, Julian , Thomson, Pat, Jones, Ken and Bresler, Liora, (eds.) The Routledge International Handbook of Creative Learning. Routledge international handbooks of education. Routledge. ISBN 9780415548892

Disempowering by assumption: digital natives and EU civic web project
Banaji, Shakuntala (2011) Disempowering by assumption: digital natives and EU civic web project. In: Thomas, Michael , (ed.) Deconstructing Digital Natives: Young People, Technology, and the New Literacies. Routledge, New York, USA, pp. 49-66. ISBN 9780415889933

'Adverts make me want to break the television': Indian children and their audiovisual media environment in three contrasting locations
Banaji, Shakuntala (2010) 'Adverts make me want to break the television': Indian children and their audiovisual media environment in three contrasting locations. In: Banaji, Shakuntala, (ed.) South Asian Media Cultures: Representations, Contexts and Audiences. Anthem Press, London, UK, pp. 51-72. ISBN 9781843318422

Analyzing advertisements in the classroom
Banaji, Shakuntala (2010) Analyzing advertisements in the classroom. In: Bazalgette, Cary, (ed.) Teaching Media in Primary Schools. SAGE publications, London, UK, pp. 62-72. ISBN 9781849205764

Creativity: exploring the rhetorics and the realities
Banaji, Shakuntala (2008) Creativity: exploring the rhetorics and the realities. In: Willett, Rebekah, Robinson, Muriel and Marsh, Jackie, (eds.) Play, Creativity and Digital Cultures. Routledge research in education. Routledge, London, UK, pp. 147-165. ISBN 9780415963114

Fascist imaginaries and clandestine critiques: young Hindi film viewers respond to violence, xenophobia and love in cross-border romances
Banaji, Shakuntala (2007) Fascist imaginaries and clandestine critiques: young Hindi film viewers respond to violence, xenophobia and love in cross-border romances. In: Bharat, Meenakshi and Kumar, Nirmal, (eds.) Filming the Line of Control: the Indo–pak Relationship Through the Cinematic Lens. Routledge, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780415460941

Monograph

Expert perspectives on creativity and innovation in European schools and teacher training: enabling factors and barriers to creativity and innovation in compulsory education in Europe, based on interviews with educational stakeholders
Banaji, Shakuntala, Cranmer, Sue and Perrotta, Carlo (2010) Expert perspectives on creativity and innovation in European schools and teacher training: enabling factors and barriers to creativity and innovation in compulsory education in Europe, based on interviews with educational stakeholders. JCR Technical Notes, JCR 59833. European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Seville, Spain.

Creative and innovative good practices in compulsory education in Europe: collection and descriptive analysis of 10 good practices of creativity and innovation in compulsory education in the EU27
Banaji, Shakuntala, Perrotta, Carlo and Cranmer, Sue (2010) Creative and innovative good practices in compulsory education in Europe: collection and descriptive analysis of 10 good practices of creativity and innovation in compulsory education in the EU27. JRC technical notes, JRC 59689. Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.

Synthesis of CivicWeb results and policy outcomes
Banaji, Shakuntala, Buckingham, David, Van Zoonen, Liesbet and Hirzalla, Fadi (2009) Synthesis of CivicWeb results and policy outcomes. Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media, Institute of Education, London, UK.

Analysing civic participation websites: part 8 ethnic and religious and nationalist identities
Banaji, Shakuntala (2009) Analysing civic participation websites: part 8 ethnic and religious and nationalist identities. Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media, Institute of Education, London, UK.

Qualitative analysis of European web-based civic participation among young people
Banaji, Shakuntala (2009) Qualitative analysis of European web-based civic participation among young people. Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media, Institute of Education, London, UK.

Analysing civic participation websites: part 4 youth counselling and advice
Banaji, Shakuntala (2009) Analysing civic participation websites: part 4 youth counselling and advice. Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media, Institute of Education, London, UK.

Production of civic websites for young people
Banaji, Shakuntala (2008) Production of civic websites for young people. Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media, Institute of Education, London, UK.

Civic websites in the UK: a national overview
Banaji, Shakuntala (2007) Civic websites in the UK: a national overview. Institute of Education, London, UK.

Media Smart Be Adwise 2: an evaluation
Buckingham, David, Willett, Rebekah, Banaji, Shakuntala and Cranmer, Susan (2007) Media Smart Be Adwise 2: an evaluation. Media Smart, London, UK.

Rhetorics of creativity: a review of the literature
Banaji, Shakuntala, Burn, Andrew and Buckingham, David (2006) Rhetorics of creativity: a review of the literature. Arts Council England, Centre for the Study of Children, Youth and Media, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK. ISBN 9780728713178

 

Shakuntala is the winner of the fourth European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities, and the Diener Prize, awarded by Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. She is also the winner of the 2015 LSESU Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching. In 2011 she won an LSE and LSESU Teaching Excellence Award for which she was also nominated in 2012, 2013 and 2014; in 2013 she was awarded of one of the prestigious LSE  Major Review Teaching Prizes. In addition to her duties as Programme Director for the Master’s in Media, Communication and Development, in the Michaelmas term, she convenes and teaches MC426 Film Theory and World CinemaMC421, Critical Approaches to Media, Communication and Development; and contributes to MC411; In the Lent term, she convenes teaches MC407 International Media and the Global South; lectures on MC418, Theories of Media and Communication, as well as Methods Workshops MC4M1 in Visual Analysis. Between 2010 and 2013, Shakuntala was convenor of the dissertation course in Media and Communications, MC499. She supervises research students at MSc and PhD level on topics ranging from education, gender, ethnicity and media, audiences, film, South Asia, politics and critical development projects to children, young people, the internet and civic participation. She convenes and jointly teaches a popular summer school course at Bachelor's year 2 level, IR140 Global Communications, Citizens and Cultural Politics

 

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Shakuntala Banaji 

I will be on sabbatical during Lent Term 2017. I will not be supervising MSc students during Lent Term or Summer Term 2017. 

CivicWeb

Banaji, Shakuntala and Buckingham, David (2013) The civic web: young people, the Internet, and civic participation. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation series on digital media and learning. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, USA. ISBN 9780262019644 (October 2013)

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Banaji-South-Asian-Media-Cultures-Cover Banaji, Shakuntala, ed. (2010) South Asian media cultures: audiences, representations, contexts. Anthem Press, London, UK. ISBN 978-1843318422

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Banaji-reading-bollywood

Banaji, Shakuntala (2006) 'Reading Bollywood': the young audience and Hindi films. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, US. ISBN 9780230001725

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