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Sarai Reader 04: Crisis/Media

Sarai Reader 04: Crisis/Media Sarai Reader 04: Crisis/Media


“The book itself has its genesis in the Crisis/Media Workshop that was jointly organized in Delhi by Sarai-CSDS, Delhi and the Waag Society, Amsterdam, a year ago in March 2003. The concept, outlined in the workshop publication by Shuddhabrata Sengupta and Geert Lovink, was a response to 9/11, the invasion of Afghanistan, the violence in Gujarat and the Kargil war. Over 3 days, participants from many different parts of South Asia and the world gathered to debate and dissect the relationship between the notion of crisis and the media, exactly one year after Gujarat had gone up in flames, and just as the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ was gearing up to bomb Baghdad. The process of editing the Reader only confirmed what we felt that the workshop had already set in motion – an unruly but very necessary set of forays into the realm of ‘the unspeakable’. Our contributors were opening out new spaces for dialogue, not only by inaugurating discussion on things that had hitherto been left unsaid, but also in the way that different elements were speaking to each other. Our task was to enable this conversation to interrupt itself, to make all sorts of unruly connections, to foster linkages between disparate truths and conflicting claims to attention…”


Editorial Collective: Monica Narula, Shuddhabrata Sengupta, Ravi Sundaram, Ravi S Vasudevan, Awadhanedra Sharan, Jeebesh Bagchi (Sarai), and Geert Lovink.

Design: Renu Iyer and Monica Narula.


The entire book can be accessed and downloaded from the Sarai archive.




Bearing Inconvenient Witness: Notes in Pro/Confessional Mode – Ranjit Hoskote

Peace is War: The Collateral Damage of Breaking News – Arundhati Roy

Financialization, Emotionalization and Other Ugly Concepts – Toby Miller

Interventionist Media in Times of Crisis – Soenke Zehle

Western Wars and Peace Activism: Social Movements in Global Mass-Mediated Politics – Martin Shaw


Let us Become Children! Training, Simulations and Kids – Kristian Lukic

What is to be Done? – Bhrigupati Singh

Disreputable and Illegal Publics: Cinematic Allegories in Times of Crisis – Ravi Vasudevan

Protesting Capitalist Globalization on Video – Oliver Ressler

Barcelona Pictures – Sasja Barentsen

From One Crisis to the Next: The Fate of Political Art in India – Nancy Adajania

On Representing the Musalman – Shahid Amin

Machines Made to Measure: On the Technologies of Identity and the Manufacture of Difference – Raqs Media Collective


Media Representations of the Kargil War and the Gujarat Riots – Subarno Chatterji

Small Town News – Taran N. Khan

‘Out of the Box’: Telelvisual Representations of North East India – Daisy Hasan

Lost in Transit: Narratives and Myths of The Crash of Egypt Air Flight 990 Crash in Egyptian and American Newspapers – Mahmoud Eid

Of Nasty pictures and “Nice Guys”: The Surreality of Online Hindutva – Christiane Brosius

Media Looking Beyond Crisis? The Urdu/Pakistani Press in New York after 9/11 – Rehan Ansari

Tried by the Media: The S.A.R. Geelani Trial – Nandita Haksar


“I saw it on CNN so it must be true…wrong!” – Craig Etcheson

“CNN made me do (Not Do) it”: Assessing Media Influence on US Interventions in Somalia and Rwanda – Lyn S. Graybill

Left To Their Own Devices: The Impact of Informal Information and Communication Networks on Security in the Tanzanian Refugee Camps – Amy West

Readers vs. Viewers – Ivo Skoric

Cracks in the Urban Frame: The Visual Politics of 9/11 – Ranjani Mazumdar

Truth Telling, Gujarat and the Law – Arvind Narrain


Massacres and the Media: A Field Reporter Looks Back on Gujarat 2002 – Darshan Desai

The Everyday Life of the Srinagar Correspondent: Reporting from Kashmir – Muzamil Jaleel

A Reporter in Prison – Iftikhar Gilani

Covering Kashmir: The Datelines of Despair – Basharat Peer

Mumbai(Dongri)-Gujarat-Mumbai-Kashmir: Pages from my Diary – Zainab Bawa


Thoughts on Afghanistan in Five Parts – Meena Nanji

On Experiencing Afghanistan – Daphne Meijer

The Afghan eXplorer: – The Computing Culture Research Group – MIT Media Lab

Waiting: Entries from a Filmmakers Diary in and around Tel Aviv – Annabel Faroqhi

Last E-mail from the Gaza Strip – Rachel Corrie

The Guerrila News Network’s Documentaries: Interview with Stephen Marshall – Geert Lovink

Synchronicities: Baghdad/Delhi – Anand Vivek Taneja

Portrait of a Day in Baghdad – Paul Chan

Diary of a News Cameraman: Baghdad, July 2003 – Shakeb Ahmed

Rescued Pages of War Sense – Tarun Bhartiya


Politics in the Picture: Witnessing Environmental Crises in the Media – Sanjay Kak

The Toxic Times of India: The Plastic Monster and a State of Emergency – Ravi Agarwal

Remembering SARS in Beijing: The Nationalist Appropriation of an Epidemic – Sanjay Sharma

Evictions – Projections: Watching Dharmendra in Suburban Lagos – Hansa Thapliyal

Mediated Guilt: The Illusion of Participation in Delhi’s Social Welfare Advertisements – Omar Kutty

Journey through a Disaster: A Filmmaker’s Account of the Gujarat Earthquake, 2001 – Batul Mukhtiar


LOG OO1, 20th October, 2003 – Dakshinpuri Cybermohalla Media Lab


P2P: Power to the People – Janko Röttgers

War in the Age of Pirate Reproduction – Nitin Govil

Floss and the ‘Crisis’: Foreigner in a Free Land? – Martin Hardie

Introducing AIDC as a Tool for Data Surveillance – Beatriz Da Costa, Jamieson Schulte and Brooke Singer

Anagrams of Orderly Discorder (For the New Global Order) – Geoff Cox, Joasia Krysa + Adrian Ward

The Tools and Tactics of A Festival: Looking Back at N5M4 – David Garcia

The Revenge of Lowtech: Autolabs, Telecentros and Tactical Media in Sao Paulo – Ricardo Rosas


Reasonable Restrictions and Unreasonable Speech – Lawrence Liang

‘The Whole Constitution Goes for Six’: Legislative Privileges and the Media – Sudhir Krishnaswamy

Censorship Myths and Imagined Harms – Shohini Ghosh

Homeless Everywhere: Writing in Exile – Taslima Nasrin


Manifesto Against Labour – Gruppe Krisis


Note on Contributors