Kavoori, A. (2016). Performativity, Mysticism, Experience: Making sense of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Qawallis. Global Media Journal, Fall, Vol IX:II, 1-15.
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 develops an argument about personhood and religious performance focused on issues of mysticism and experience within the specific liturgical space of the Qawalli.
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 […]
Abstract: This essay considers the American heroine as portrayed in life and death on the pages of newspapers and magazines. Journalists use, and sometimes misuse, the term “hero” as a type of news frame, a tradition of highlighting extraordinary feats of individuals. In the United States, journalistic references to heroism both increased and evolved as […]