Vortrag im Oberseminar
Dr. Irfan Ahmad (Senior Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Göttingen)
This talk is invited by the Project ONLINERPOL
Democracy as Rumour: Media, Religion, and the 2014 Indian Elections
Disavowing the rupture between modern and premodern world, this paper contends that what was rumor to premodern society, television and new media are largely to contemporary nation states. The premise of rumor as a plebeian, oral form of resistance is unsustainable because mainstream media, which is at the service of the power elite, work like rumor machines. Drawing on qualitative data from the coverage of 2014 Indian elections by television channels and social media, this article demonstrates how rumors were central to the 2014 electoral mobilization as media, inter alia, circulated Hindutva as development to resemble rumormongering in that the sources of the former remained unknown. The emerging interface among media, elections, and neoliberal economy in polities like India signifies the onset of “designer democracy,” of which rumor is a key component. The paper discusses the effects of rumors and other factors that helped Hindutva win in 2014. It concludes with observations on the place of rumor and media in democracies in general.
Wann? Montag, 23. Oktober 2017 , 18 Uhr
Wo? Institut für Ethnologie, Oettingenstraße 67, 80538 München
Raum L155 (Obergeschoss) Lageplan
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