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M.Phil. Women's Studies (TISS)
M.A. Media and Cultural Studies (TISS)
P.G. Diploma in Broadcast Journalism (Asian College of Journalism)B.A. English (Women's Christian College, University of Madras)
Nithila Kanagasabai is currently pursuing a PhD in Women’s Studies at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. She is an alumna of the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Class of 2013. Her earlier disciplinary training was in broadcast journalism, and she has worked as a reporter at NDTV and TIMES NOW.
Areas of work: Feminist Media Studies, Journalism Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Qualitative and Postqualitative research methods
Research Interests: gender and newsroom cultures, politics of knowledge production, academic mobilities, research cultures, digital media, feminist pedagogy, feminist epistemology, friendship.
'Forging Fraught Solidarities: Friendship and Feminist Activism in South Asia', Feminist Encounters: A Journal of Critical Studies in Culture and Politics, Vol. 7, Issue 1, 2023 (Co-authored with Prof. Shilpa Phadke). https://doi.org/10.20897/femenc/12880
'Possibilities of transformation: Women's Studies in Tier II cities in Tamil Nadu, India', Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Vol. 39, Issue 5, 2018. pp 709-722. https://doi.org/10.1080/01596306.2018.1448702
'In the Silences of a Newsroom: age, generation, and sexism in the Indian Television Newsroom', Feminist Media Studies, Vol. 16, Issue 4, 2016. pp 663-677. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2016.1193296
'The Din of Silence: Reconstructing the Keezhvenmani Dalit Massacre of 1968', SubVersions, Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2014. pp 105-130. http://subversions.tiss.edu/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Nithila-Kanagasabai.pdf
'Beyond the Media Storm: Reflecting on Sexual Harassment in the News and the Newsrooms.' In Nicky Falkof, Shilpa Phadke and Srila Roy (Eds.), Intimacy and Injury: In the wake of #Metoo in India and South Africa. Manchester University Press, WITS University Press and Zubaan, 2022. [ISBN: 978-1-5261-5762-1]
'In Defence of Indiscipline: Charting the twin impulses of disciplining and decentring within non-metropolitan women’s studies in Tamil Nadu' In Panchali Ray and Shadab Bano (Eds.),Teaching/Writing Resistance: Women's Studies in Contemporary Times. Orient Blackswan Pvt. Ltd. (forthcoming).
'Language, Little Magazines, and Local Feminisms: A Case Study of Magazine Cultures and the Localization of Feminist Articulations.' In M. Sternadori and T. Holmes (Eds.) The Handbook of Magazine Studies, London: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. Inc., 2020. [ISBN: 9781119168096]
'In the Silences of a Newsroom: Age, Generation, and Sexism in the Indian Television Newsroom.' In J. Keller, J. Littler and A. Winch (Eds.), An Intergenerational Feminist Media Studies: Conflicts and Connectivities, London: Routledge, 2018. [ISBN: 9781138563483]
'Gender and the Tamil Televisionscape.' In M.P. Srinivasan (Ed.), Multiculturalism and the Social Fabric in Australia, America, & India, Chennai: Emerald Publishers, 2018. [ISBN: 9788179664964]
'The Gendered Body in the Neoliberal Newsroom.' In B.M. Pirani and T. Smith (Eds.). Embodiment and Cultural Differences, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2016. [ISBN: 9781443894678]
Co-authored Book Chapters
'Doing Feminist Community Media: Collectivizing in Online Spaces.' In Faiz Ullah, Anjali Monteiro and KP Jayasankar (Eds), Many Voices, Many Worlds: Critical Perspectives on Community Media in India, Sage, 2021. [ISBN: 9789391138462] (co-author with Shilpa Phadke)
Gajjala, R., Kaur, S., Ayyar, V., Kanagasabai, N. & Kandukuri, D. Dialogue Interlude: Centering Marginalized Feminists. In Gajjala, R. Digital Diasporas: Labor, Affect in Gendered Indian Digital Publics (pp. 91-108). UK: Rowman and Littlefield International, 2019. [ISBN: 9781783481156]
Essays, Articles, and Reports
'Women (Not) Making News' in FemAsia - Asian Women's Journal, 25 January 2022.
'Reversing the Gaze: Research from Afar' in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. 56, Issue No. 50, 11 December, 2021, p. 65-66.
'Going "Home" to do Fieldwork' in New Voices in Postcolonial Studies, 9 July 2021, p.16-21.
'Prajnya 16 Days Campaign Against Gender Violence: A Report on the Colloquium on Digital Media and Gender Violence' in GenderIT.org, 13 January 2014.
'Unspeakable Inequalities: A Blog Symposium' in The GRIT@Prajnya Blog, 25 November 2013.
Documentary Film Projects
2016: Additional Camerawork, Khule Asmaan ke Neeche (Under the Open Sky), a short documentary on girls and football in Mumbra.
2013: Co-Director and Editor, Daane Daane Pe, a short documentary that explores the intersections of identities and street food cultures in Mumbai.
2012: Co-Director and Editor, Badalte Nakshe, a short documentary that traverses the tenuous realm of children, memory and the riots of 1992-1993 in Bombay.
Research Projects (past & present)
MA Media and Cultural Studies
Ways of Knowing: Introduction to Research Methodologies (2 credits)
Media and Cultural Studies Research (2 credits)
Working with Video I (4 credits)
MCS Media Project
MCS Research Project
Module on Contemporary Media Ecologies in Foundation Course II: India's Development Challenges
Diploma in Gerontology
Ageing and Media (2 credits)