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Faculty Seminar | Discussion on the Book “Acts of Media: Law and Media in Contemporary India”


Conference Hall, Training Centre, NLSIU
(Closed-doors event)



Friday, December 23, 2022, 4:00 pm

On 23 December (Friday), we are hosting a book event on “Acts of Media: Law and Media in Contemporary India”. We will have a panel comprising the book’s contributing authors who will introduce and briefly discuss the book. We also have a few faculty members come in as discussants. This will be followed by a Q & A session.

About the book: Acts of Media: Law and Media in Contemporary India, New Delhi: Sage, 2022

Acts of Media brings together contributions from leading academics, lawyers, researchers and policy experts about contemporary India and Sri Lanka. This book seeks to consolidate a field of multidisciplinary work around media technologies that intersects with legal scholarship The approaches to law and media taken in this volume challenge us to think outside of traditional disciplinary descriptions. Rather than approaching the law as being outside of, and constantly catching up with the media, the contributors of this book view law and media as being deeply intertwined.

The book can be downloaded here.

The speakers have requested interested attendees to browse the book before attending the event.


Siddharth Narrain, Prof. Ravi Sundaram, and Prof. Jinee Lokaneeta.

Siddharth Narrain is a lawyer and legal scholar working in the field of public law and socio-legal studies. He is currently a Scientia PhD Candidate, Faculty of Law & Justice, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney. Siddharth has a BA LLB (Hons) degree from NLSIU, a PG Diploma in journalism from ACJ, Chennai, and an LLM from Harvard Law School. He has also co-edited (with Dr. Mayur Suresh) The Shifting Scales of Justice: The Supreme Court in Neoliberal India (Orient BlackSwan, Hyderabad, 2014).

Prof. Ravi Sundaram co- founded the Sarai programme at the CSDS along with Ravi Vasudevan and the Raqs Media Collective. Sarai grew to become one of India’s best-known experimental and critical research sites on media. Along with colleagues, Sundaram co-edited the Sarai Reader series, The Public Domain (2001), The Cities of Everyday Life (2002), Shaping Technologies (2003), Crisis Media (2004). Sundaram wrote Pirate Modernity: Media Urbanism in Delhi (2010) and edited No Limits: Media Studies from India (Delhi, 2015). His recent book Technopharmacology (with Joshua Neves, Aleena China and Susanna Paasonen) came out from Minnesota and Meson Press (2022). He is currently finishing his next book project, Events and Affections: post-public media circulation. Sundaram’s essays have been translated into various languages in India, Asia, and Europe.

Prof. Jinee Lokaneeta is Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Drew University, New Jersey. Her areas of interest include law and violence, critical political and legal theory, human rights, and interdisciplinary legal studies. She is the author of The Truth Machines: Policing, Violence, and Scientific Interrogations in India (2020) and Transnational Torture: Law, Violence, and State Power in the United States and India ([2011] 2012) and the co-editor with Nivedita Menon and Sadhna Arya of Feminist Politics: Struggles and Issues (2001).


NLS faculty members Dr. Rinku Lamba, Srijoni Sen, and Kunal Ambasta