Prof. Ravi Sundaram

Ravi Sundaram is a Professor at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS), Delhi. In 2000 he founded the well-known Sarai programme at the CSDS along with Ravi Vasudevan and the Raqs Media Collective. Since then, Sarai grew to become one of India’s best-known experimental and critical research sites on media, spanning local and global sites. Sundaram is the author of Pirate Modernity: Media Urbanism in Delhi (2010) and No Limits: Media Studies from India (Delhi, 2015).

Sundaram has also co-edited the Sarai Reader series, The Public Domain (2001), The Cities of Everyday Life (2002), Shaping Technologies (2003), Crisis Media(2004). Sundaram has been involved in collaborative projects in Europe, Asia and North America. Apart from academic forums, he has participated in art and architectural biennales in Europe and Asia. Sundaram’s essays have been translated into various languages in India, Asia, and Europe.

Current work: For the past two decades new forms of media circulation have actively destabilized older models of governance; blurring and confusing the distinctions between the legal-non legal, private-public, and received models of the public. In his current book project, Sundaram is interested in the effects of volatile, media-inflected sensory infrastructures of the contemporary, as well as the new shadow zones of the political. He is currently finishing his next book project, Events and Affections: post-public media circulation.

Sundaram has been a visiting Professor at the universities of Princeton, Johns Hopkins, Michigan, Ann Arbor, and Oxford, he has also taught at the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.

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