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Media and Cultural Studies

These pieces bear on Media and Cultural Studies broadly understood. In differing degree they draw upon ethnographic sources to develop wider theoretical arguments about the implication of the mass media in daily social life.


2019.    Six impossible things before breakfast: the imaginary world of media studies. Research seminar paper, Centre for Global Media and Communication, SOAS (originally given October 2017).

2013. Introduction. Rethinking Asian media and film. ed. M. Hobart, Special issue of The Asian Journal of Social Science, Brill.

2010. What do we mean by ‘media practices?’ In Anthropological perspectives on media and practice. eds B Bräuchler & J. Postill, Oxford: Berghahn, 55-75.

2010. Media as practice: a brief exchange. In Theorising media and practice. eds. B. Bräuchler & J. Postill, Oxford: Berghahn, 77-82. See the full unpublished exchange (Preamble; Couldry - Media, practice and power; Hobart - If only practice were so easy). 

2006. Just talk? anthropological reflections on the object of media studies in Indonesia. Asian journal of social science 34, 3: 492-519.

2006. Introduction: why is entertainment television in Indonesia important? In Entertainment media in Indonesia. eds. M. Hobart & R. Fox, special edition of Asian journal of communication 16: 4.

2005. The profanity of the media. In Media Anthropology. Eds. E. Rothenbuhler & M. Coman, London: Sage, 26-35. 

2001. Loose canons: commentary as the missing object in Indonesian media studies. Symposium on Media Cultures in Indonesia. Univ. of Leiden, April 2001.

1999. Is development studies really part of media studies? - with Introduction. Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerkunde Tagung, Ethnologie und Entwicklungsforschung  Die Ethnologie und ihre Nachbardisziplinen. Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg October 1999. 

1997. The subject of ‘The Subject’: reconsidering some problems in studying non-Western media. Paper to the workshop on The subject of the Subject in media studies. SOAS, 1997.

1994. Changing audiences: representations of development and religion on Balinese television. Paper to the Panel on Asian Media, Asian Studies Association of Australia Biennial Conference: 13-16 July 1994, Asia Research Centre, Murdoch University, Perth.

1994. Consuming passions? overinterpreting television-viewing in Bali. Paper to Symposium on Changing life-styles in Asia: consumption/ media/religion in contemporary India and Indonesia. International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden, 19-21 December 1994.



2013. When is Indonesia? In Rethinking Asian media and film. ed. M. Hobart, Special issue of The Asian Journal of Social Science, Brill.

2011. The relevance of cultural and media studies to theatre and television in Bali. Jurnal Kajian Bali 1:, 2: 63-75

2010. Rich kids can’t cry: reflections on the viewing subject in Bali. Special issue Audiencing: the Work of the Spectator in Live Performance. About Performance 10: 199-222. 

2007. Round up the usual suspects: some radical implications of Indonesian and Euro-American media coverage of ‘terrorist’ attacks. In Media and Political Violence. eds. H. Nossek, P. Sonwalkar & A. Sreberny, Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 183-209.

2007. Black umbrellas: labelling and articulating development in the Indonesian mass media. In Labelling people: how and why our categories matter. eds. R. Eyben & J. Moncrieffe, London: Earthscan, 128-42.

2006. Entertaining illusions: how Indonesian élites imagine imagine reality TV affects the masses. In Entertainment media in Indonesia. eds. M. Hobart & R. Fox, special edition of Asian journal of communication 16: 4: 393-410.

2004. Here’s looking at you kid! undecidability and the object of the gaze in Indonesian television advertising. Originally presented as a seminar paper to the Department of Anthropology, Harvard Univ. April 2004.

2001. Drunk on the screen: Balinese conversations about television and advertising. In Asian Media Productions. ed. B. Moeran, London: Routledge Curzon, ISBN 0700713344; also Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

2000. The end of the world news: television and a problem of articulation in Bali. International journal of cultural studies, Vol 3, 1, 79-102. Unpublished original version with additional Afterword on Laclau v Hall on articulation.

2000. Live or dead? how dialogic is theatre in Bali? In To change Bali: essays in honour of I Gusti Ngurah Bagus. eds. A. Vickers & Ny. Darma Putra with M. Ford, Denpasar: Bali Post.

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