Dr. Anandam (Andy) Kavoori

Professor, Entertainment & Media Studies

Coordinator, Environmental Communication Initiative, Grady College, UGA.
Affiliate faculty, Center for Integrative Conservation Research, UGA.
Affiliate faculty, UGA Marine Institute, Sapelo Island, Georgia.

About: Anandam Kavoori is currently working on several place-based essays, focused on sonic, performative and visual culture in an international context. He also serves as the Coordinator of the “Environmental Communication Initiative” at Grady envtjour.uga.edu.

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Education

Study in A Second Discipline (Ecology), University of Georgia.
Ph.D., Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Maryland, College Park.
M.A., Cultural Anthropology, Brandeis University, Mass.
B.A. Sociology, Hindu College, University of Delhi, India.

Research Interests and Activities

Anandam Kavoori’s current area of work is focused on Environmental Communication. He created and coordinates UGA’s Environmental Communication Initiative (http://envtjour.uga.edu) and directs its Costa Rica study abroad program (focused on Environmental Writing). He is currently working on several place-based essays at the intersection of ecocriticism, auto ethnography and sonic / performative and visual culture. He anticipates bringing them together in a new book, tentatively entitled The Power of Place: Auto-Ethnographic Encounters with the Ecological Sublime. He is also building a grant profile in the teaching of communicative practices around environmental issues with recent / funded / active applications to NSF, NIFA, USFS, USIEF, and the Sloan Foundation.

Anandam Kavoori’s earlier work was in the field of International Communication. He has written or edited ten books and over seventy single (or co-authored) journal articles and book chapters on the subject of media and culture in a global context, across print, television, film and digital culture. Amongst his books are The Logics of Globalization; Thinking Television and Global Bollywood. He is also the author of two books of fiction, including a critically acclaimed novel, The Children of Shahida. He has served on the editorial board of Critical Studies in Media Communication.

Transcultural Subjectivity Anandam (Andy) Kavoori

Abstract: Written for the theoretical section of this edited book, this chapter maps the conceptual terrain for the concept of “transcultural subjectivity.” It offers new insights into thinking about the idea, practice and constructed personhood in contemporary global media forms in post-colonial contexts. It draws on the literature of post-colonial studies, transnational media studies and […]

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Performativity, Mysticism, Experience Anandam (Andy) Kavoori

Abstract: This paper is a textual analysis of the media culture (music videos, performances, advertising, visual/ viral culture) around the greatest exponent of the Sufi musical form called “Qawalli,” through the life and work of the Pakistani maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-1997). Using insights from post-colonial theory, cultural studies, ethno-musicology and identity politics, it […]

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The Most Peaceful Place in the World Anandam (Andy) Kavoori

Abstract: This reflexive auto-ethnographic essay of eco-criticism tells the story of the authors visit to Cheung Eeok Killing fields in Cambodia focusing on themes of peace, place, and the politics of cultural renewal in a country devastated by the Khmer Rouge. Informed by the literature of post-colonialism, cultural studies, and identity politics, it offers a […]

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Teaching Specialties

Dr. Kavoori teaches a range of courses—Environmental Communication, International Communication, Writing for Digital Media, Race, Gender and Media and occasionally, a special topics course on Bollywood Cinema and Culture. He has been a Lilly Teaching Fellow and Mentor at UGA and been nominated for both the Russell and Meigs Teaching Awards. He is currently a Service Learning Fellow and has been invited to be a member of UGA’s Teaching Academy.

Experience

Dr. Kavoori has been a consultant to News Corporation, CNN International, CNN, Discovery Channel, BBC, and Living Media and was a faculty judge for The George Foster Peabody Awards for over twenty years. His columns on media and culture have appeared in leading newspapers in Europe, the United States and India. He has been interviewed as a media expert by American, Austrian, British, Cuban, Indian, Japanese, Norwegian, and Spanish media outlets. Dr. Kavoori has taught in study abroad programs at Oxford University, the University of Innsbruck (Austria), Korea University (Seoul, Korea), Costa Rica and Cambodia. He frequently lectures at different forums in the United States, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Before joining academia, he was a journalist with media organizations in India and the United States.

Awards and Fellowships

He has held a Lilly Teaching Fellowship and has been twice selected for College Teaching Recognition.

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