Bio (July 2016)

Radhika Gajjala (PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 1998) is Professor of Media and Communication and Acting Director of American Culture Studies (2016-2017) at Bowling Green State University, USA. She was Fulbright Professor in Digital Culture at University of Bergen, Norway for the year 2015-2016. During her Fulbright-Norway year she also recieved two intercountry Fulbright grants. One was to teach and collaborate on research with faculty at Universidad San Jorge at Zaragoza, Spain and the other was to do a Masterclass and Public lecture at Utrecht University (where she is on the advisory committee for an ERC project on “Digital Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging” led by Professor Sandra Ponzanesi).

In 2012, she was Senior Fulbright scholar at Soegijapranata Catholic University, Semarang, Indonesia. She has researched non-profit organizations and also engaged in community partnerships with biracial communities around social network use by teens and also collaborated on collecting digital oral histories in the  NW Ohio between 2000 and 2008. In 2005 she spent her FIL working with BASIX, India for a few weeks, as a consultant to help explore virtual training/classes for the School of Livelihood Promotion in Hyderabad, India.

From 2003 to the present she has occupied various administrative positions. 2003 to 2005 she worked as Vice Chair and then Chair of Faculty Senate at BGSU, and from 2006 to 2009 she was graduate coordinator at the School of Media and Communication. She was Interim Director of Women’s Studies (2009- 2010) and Director of American Culture studies program (2010-2012) at BGSU.

She is an active reviewer for various divisions at NCA, been member of several committees and subcommittees over the past several years at NCA, ICA and AOIR (including the AOIR ethics committee). She has served as Chair of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Division of NCA, Chair of the Critical Cultural Studies division of NCA and also Chair of the Feminist Studies division of ICA.

Twitter handle: cyberdivalivesl

Occasional Blog posts: 

For her Snapchat research and teaching journals and lectures follow/add – cyberdivalive on snapchat



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Special issue of IJEP on Ediaspora …

Table of Contents:


Introduction: Special issue on E-diaspora: Living Digitally – Radhika Gajjala and Tori Arthur

The Indernet – From internet portal to the social web – Urmila Goel

Young electronic diasporas, affectivity and human right claims: Young connected migrants and non-normative European family life – Koen Leurs.

Feeling (dis)connected: Diasporic LGBTQs and digital media – Alexander Dhoest

Nollywood Afrogeeks: Nigerian Cinema, Digital Diasporas, and African Immigrants in the United States – Tori Arthur

Diasporizing the Digital Humanities: Displacing the Center and Periphery – Roopika Risam










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Day one of class across time zones

So I’ve been at this setting up of my online class since 5.30 am Norway time I am sure by now my students most of whom are in EDT zone will start to see the content.

I  have also very clumsily recorded my snapchat lecture with one handheld appliance from another – so I will now let it all rest. No more snaps for a few hours because I know I won’t be able to record from appliance to appliance awkwardly maybe until tomorrow night ish Norway time.

This is good – because now I can get my head unwound from the class work which was threatening to take over everything today. But I did still manage to get some of the other things on my list done… (my Utrecht public talk is written, for instance and I did not fully ditch my collaborators working on writing a grant:)) so … I will now recede into non-social media private space.

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Snapchat Lectures for Online ACS 6820

**Warning – clunky videos – not best quality – spontaneous production – typos and sound issues …

But we explore ….

Here’s the storify explanation for what I’m doing for my summer graduate class in 2016 (This method will also be adapted for the undergrad class later this summer – but there are more than double number of students enrolled in that online class so I may do it a bit differently).


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Digital Humanities and the (Critical) Communication Discipline and Methods

Forthcoming and  in-progress – meanwhile – look at my tweets, Facebook posts and other scattered notes.

And note that my Fall class from SMC will be taking up this theme:


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Catching up with myself

Here’s another one of my periodic blog updates as I once again “catch up with myself” this Fulbright-Norway academic year of 2015-2016.

My last blog post here was in December 2015. Since January I’ve been a bit slow on social media too. Also since my spinning tools are in back home in Ohio, I haven’t be streaming my fiber images via instagram etc either.

The year started with good intellectual activity in Mumbai and Hyderabad and  then a new course at UiB in Bergen on Inclusion/Exclusion in Digital Cultures that I am  co-teaching with Hilde Corneliussen.

February sort of went away in a haze of broken elbow surgery and negotiation of plates and screws in the elbow as a consequence.

March began with a visit from a dear colleague from Bowling Green  – Kris Blair.

Now today – I head down to Trondheim “Futurescapes” conference to present my work there.

March 20 to 24 I am in Zaragoza, Spain doing a Intercountry Fulbright Lecture and Teaching thing.

In April – I will be giving a couple public talks – one at MSU  and another at USF (TBA).

In May I am off to do a Master teaching gig and a talk and catch up with colleagues at Utrecht (Partially funded by the ICC Fulbright ).

In early June I will be presenting at the “Active Citizenship today” conference at Tromso.

After that I head home to Bowling Green, Ohio.



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writing thoughts

Not for the first time ever has it occurred to me … how many times my daily work and home life routines have actually destroyed some very good writing habits I developed in my key teenage years when I was convinced I wanted to be an “author” – what that meant to me then and what that means to me now of course are very very different.
I also had far better writing habits when I had an infant and then a very tolerant toddler around me to make me stay in place and read and write.
(and type  –  even though I had to give up my writing tools to him and find another mode of writing – that was easier done when I was in notebook and pen mode than when I had to handover the typewriter and later the computer)
I even had far better writing habits when I was completing my dissertation!
(Perhaps because I had no unrealistic expectations that it would be earth shattering – it was not – but it was done)
And yes I shared the computer with the then preteen too. It wasn’t until I got my tenure track position that I completely relinquished my desktop to him and then eventually he went and built his own computer(s).
I am grateful this academic year for a period away from the busy work of everyday university service (even though I have to teach and grade here and I am still working closely with all my graduate advisees and mentees at BGSU – I don’t have to worry about some of the other things). That kept eating away at all my strongly cultivated writing and concentration discipline. I think slowly I may figure out how to re-route my brain circuits so I can write straight sentences everyday and get my writing projects completed.
fingers crossed.


Thank you to all my colleagues at my home institution – BGSU – who are doing all this work – because that work – although it disrupts the research work – must be done to protect our academic integrity and teaching philosophies.

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Gender research NOW at UiB

Today and tomorrow I can be found presenting and discussing here:

On December 16, – you will find me at

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Thought you missed a life changing post on my blog today – didn’t you?

Nah – I’m not planning on posting anything today


but this ….


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Look! The “subaltern” is using shiny things….how “evidence” skews investigation

A  post header inspired by a few recent conversations:

One with a past Doctoral advisee and good friend who is a documentary film maker and nonprofit organization founder with a Phd in cultural studies; another based in conversations with a second life/South India based contact and collaborator; and another on several discussions in Berlin and Frankfurt/Oder and of course conversations with a collaborator or two or more in Bowling Green, Ohio… and most recently another conversation that occurred yesterday as a very nice world traveller couple helped me out with interviewing a Syrian migrant through multiple layers of translation as none of us (including interviewee) present were extremely fluent in Norwegian and only three of us were fluent in English and one of us (me) was unable to understand Norwegian (lots of nonverbals were (mis)understood on all sides and there were a few attempts to use a translation app).

{umm… sentence structure? what’s that?]

While I won’t reveal our actual discussions yet (look for some in maybe something I’m writing for a recent call about media and migration) – Here are some prompts for me to follow up on later. Feel free to join the conversation.

For instance – two blog posts I started and didn’t feel like writing about yet were…

  • Big Data, Small data, Canned Data, Repeated data, Commodified Voice and  Researcher Responsibility
  • Look! The “subaltern” is using shiny things….how “evidence” skews investigation (or what counts as “evidence” for what – a question I’ve often repeated).


Random links – not necessary what I agree with or fight against or related to what I might have posted in this blog post that isn’t:

  8. [somewhere on the site later this week there are related questions I pose].
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