The University of Iowa

'Urban Democratization Movements in India' talk April 10

April 4th, 2012

 Dr. Anup Kumar

“Urban Democratization Movements in India: Vernacular Publics, Legitimacy, News Media, and Alternate Politics”

Date: Tuesday, April 10
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: 302 Schaeffer Hall

Presented by: Dr. Anup Kumar, Assistant Professor of Journalism, School of Communication, Cleveland State University

This new consciousness among vernacular publics highlights corruption at all levels of government and the corporate world, while still resisting the hegemonic discourse of economic growth. The talk looks at the recent populist social mobilization (jan andolans) against corruption and its possible grievance mechanism (Jan Lokpal Movement). It analyzes how an urban democratization movement features a competitive struggle among vernacular publics, and how the state and news media struggle over the legitimacy of alternate politics and vernacular public space, as it moves beyond electoral politics but still calls for democratization and transparency in governance.

Free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program in International Programs.

For more information, contact Fred Smith at 319-400-1295 or