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Sudha Rajagopalan

Sudha Rajagopalan is Senior Lecturer in East European Studies at the University of Amsterdam. She has also been visiting professor at the University of Leiden’s inaugural MA programme in Russian and Eurasian Area Studies. Previously she worked as research affiliate in the Media Studies Programme in the University of Utrecht (The Netherlands). She was previously a member of the editorial committee of Digital Icons (since 2009), and is now on its steering committee. She has also worked as researcher in the International Institute for Social History (Amsterdam) and the Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde (Leiden).
A historian and cultural studies scholar, Rajagopalan has researched and published on participatory practices within Russian digital media cultures. Her work on digital cultures can be found in major journals, including Digital Icons, Celebrity Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Journalism Studies, European Journal of Cultural Studies and Transformative Works and Culture. A special edited volume on digital media and political publics, co-edited by Rajagopalan in Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies, is forthcoming in 2020. Her publications in history include Indian Films in Soviet Cinemas: the Culture of Moviegoing after Stalin (Indiana University Press, Bloomington, 2009), a pioneering, ethnohistorical study of Soviet movie reception of Indian cinema. She is currently working on a book manuscript about Soviet material culture in the Global South.

Latest Posts | By Sudha Rajagopalan
Ten Years of Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media: Statements on the Field

Ten Years of Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media: Statements on the Field

Issue 20 celebrates ten years of Digital Icons. As an integral part of this celebratory issue we want to paint a broad picture of the changes Runet underwent in the …
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Is There Room for the Fan?

This article considers the myriad ways in which the TV audience that has emerged in an age of media convergence is constructed across three discursive worlds in Russia: that of …
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Editorial – Issue 10

It is increasingly difficult to identify a fan, the media user who actively shares, re-produces  as a discrete category of media user in the age of digital …
Read More Contemporary Cinephiles at Work

This essay has as its focus the cinephilic website, whose aim is to facilitate film-talk among a large community of cinema afficianados on Runet. Central to the successful functioning …
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How to be a well-groomed Russian: Cultural Citizenship in the Television / New Media Interface

Every morning on Channel One, the makeover programme Fashion Verdict offers candidates and audiences sartorial advice appropriate to a middle-class sensibility. The show sets out to transform so-called dowdy candidates …
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