Dr Ranjana Das
From April 2012 Ranjana is Lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester.
Supervisor: Professor Sonia Livingstone
Thesis title: Interpretation: from audiences to users [available for download]
Year of completion: 2011
My research and teaching both revolve around audience reception studies. I work in the Department of Media and Communications, University of Leicester, as Lecturer in Media and Communications. Primarily my current work addresses specific debates within hermeneutic theory, reading these within the empirical context of communications studies. In 2011-12, I was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Luneburg, Germany. My post-doc was a research endeavour under European Commission funding within the Moving Image Lab project. It involved observation and interviews with families and children in Greater London, focusing on children's relationships with a popular culture phenomenon. In 2008-2011, I did my doctoral research at the Department of Media and Communications at the London School of Economics. Briefly, I explored how, if at all, concepts from reception aesthetics which informed mass media audience studies can be of use when researching the use of new media.
Journal guest-editing (With Andrea Press, forthcoming 2013) Audiences: A cross-generational dialogue. A special issue of Communication Review 16 (1)
Peer-reviewed journal articles
Das, R (in press, 2012). Children reading an online genre: Heterogeneity in interpretive work. Popular Communication 10 (4)
Das, R (2012). The task of interpretation. Participations: The international journal of audience and reception studies. 9 (1)
Das, R (2011). Converging perspectives in audience studies and digital literacies: youthful interpretations of an online genre. European Journal of Communication, 26: 4, 343-360
Das, R (2010). Meaning at the Interface: new genres, new modes of interpretative engagement? Communication Review 13: 2, 140-159
Das, R (2010). Digital youth, heterogeneity and diversity. Journal of Media Practice 11: 3
Das, R (re-submitted following revisions). "To be number one in someone's eyes." Children's introspections about close relationships in reading Harry Potter. Under second-round review at the European Journal of Communication
Das, R (revise and re-submit). 'I've walked these streets' - Readings of reality in children's reception of fantasy. Under review at the European Journal of Cultural Studies
Das, R. and Pavlickova, T (submitted, under peer-review). Is there as author behind this text? A literary aesthetic driven understanding of trust in interactive media. Under review at New Media and Society
Das, R., Kleut, J & Bolin, G. (forthcoming 2013) Textual demands of 'new' genres and new roles for the audience? An overview of recent research. For Carpentier et. al. (Eds) Transformations: Late modernity's shifting audience positions. Intellect.
Livingstone, S & Das, R. (2012). The End of Audiences? Theoretical echoes of reception amidst the uncertainties of use. Chapter for the Blackwell Companion to New Media Dynamics, edited by John Hartley, Jean Burgess and Axel Bruns Das, R (2010).
The task of interpretation: converging perspectives in audience research and digital literacies? In Nico Carpentier, et. Al. (Eds.) Media and Communication Studies Intersections and Interventions. Tartu: University of Tartu Press