Media History - Media Criticism                                                                    lecture series at C3

The C3 Center for Culture and Communication - Soros Foundation Hungary would like to invite you to the lecture of

Ravi Sundaram
Technogenesis and net politics in India

at 6 p.m. on the 18th of June
in the OpenLab of C3
1014 Budapest, Országház u. 9.

This talk will look at the emergence of net politics in India. The net in India is implicated in various practices of state, elite and popular initiatives, and lacks the references of net politics in the Western world. Though India has often been talked about as a potential software giant with a vast reserve of technically qualified professionals, the reality displays a preponderance of multinational power and circuits of unequal exchange of technological commodities. On the other hand the West is being bracketed by a rising East-Asian neo-modernity. The politics of the net in India has to negotiate these various initiatives, as well as address the large reservoirs of film and music cultures.

Ravi Sundaram is a Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi, India. Previously he was a Research Associate at the Fernand Braudel Center in Binghamton, New York. His work has dealt with the relationship between electronic space, techno-cultures, trans-nationalism and the new urban constellations in India. He is now working on book dealing with techno-cities in southern India and their relationships to the borders of Western/East Asian modernity.

Ravi Sundaram has written widely on these issues as well as spoken in meetings in India and around the world. In the previous year he has spoken in Amsterdam, Bombay, Johannesburg, New York and Minneapolis. He has just completed a teaching stint at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore. In the summer of 1998 he will be at the Maison des Sciences de L'Homme in Paris, and will also be speaking at the Ars Electronica Centre, Linz.

The language of the lecture is English.
The lecture will be followed by a small reception.