Events in UCIS

Friday, September 21

9:00 am Festival
Pitt Park(ing) Day
Location:
BQ Lot, University of Pittsburgh
Sponsored by:
African Studies Program, Asian Studies Center, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, European Studies Center and Global Studies Center
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Join the University Center for International Studies' (UCIS) outreach team at Pitt's Park(ing) Day event. In addition to UCIS participation, over 20 departments, centers, and organizations will transform the BQ parking spaces through creative energy and experimentation. Activities are free and open to all!

10:00 am Workshop
From Circular Economy to Circular Society
Location:
Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens: Center for Sustainable Landscapes; 1 Schenley Drive, Special Events Hall, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Sponsored by:
European Studies Center along with Pittsburgh Chapter of the German-American Chamber of Commerce
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Part of the POCACITO in the US initiative, this workshop aims to create opportunities for citizen-led and community-oriented innovation for a sustainable circular economy, looking at lessons and examples from Europe and Pittsburgh, then engaging in a group design process.

POCACITO in the US is an initiative of Ecologic Institute in Washington, DC, and funded in large part by the Delegation of the European Union to the United States’s Getting to Know Europe program. This event is co-hosted by the European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh

3:00 pm Lecture
'What if Batman was from Chennai' and other Stories: Language, Cultural Regions, and Digital Media Platforms
Location:
407 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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This paper explores the significance of linguistic and cultural regions for the global expansion and localization of digital media platforms. Bringing enduring concerns of cultural difference to bear on digital media in South Asia, I explore the industrial and cultural logics at work when platforms like YouTube recognize and value southern India's linguistic and cultural diversity. Focusing on Tamil internet culture, I explore how one specific YouTube channel (Put Chutney) leveraged algorithmic knowledge as well as industry lore about south Indian internet users to produce a series of videos that articulated three distinct and at times competing conceptions of the region - a peninsular region of south India, a linguistic region revolving around the Tamil language, and an urban region centered in Chennai, a powerful global media capital. More broadly, I argue that platform localization is the contingent outcome of the interaction of algorithmic and representational logics that structure the operations of digital platforms.

ASWIN PUNATHAMBEKAR
Aswin Punathambekar is an associate professor of media studies and founding director of the Global Media Studies Initiative at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His books and articles explore the impact that globalization and technological change have on the workings of media industries, audience and user practices, and cultural identity and politics. He is the author of From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry (NYU Press, 2013) and co-editor of Global Bollywood (2008, NYU Press), Television at Large in South Asia (2013, Routledge), and Global Digital Cultures: Perspectives from South Asia (forthcoming, University of Michigan Press). He is currently working on his next book, provisionally titled The Digital Popular: Media, Culture, and Politics in Networked India. He is an editor of the peer-reviewed journal Media, Culture and Society and also co-edits the Critical Cultural Communication series for NYU Press.