Legally Brown: Living and Researching Media/Politics in the Critical Spaces

Talk by Dr Merlyna Lim (Carleton University)

Thursday, 26 September 2019, 6 pm, Humboldt University Berlin, Institute of Asian and African Studies

How to study the intricate and complex relationship between media, politics, and society? How does this relationship change in the last two decades? From the analog to the digital, from the authoritarian system to semi-authoritarian and/or (transition to) democracy, from cybercafe to mobile phone, there have been multiple layers of change that are embedded in the trajectory of the field of media and politics. Juxtaposing scholarly and personal narratives, in this lecture Merlyna Lim presents a reflective and reflexive review of her field of research, namely (digital) media and politics, capturing both the mediatization of politics and the politicization of media. In her attempt to do so, Lim also hopes to unravel how political, intellectual, and personal narratives are intertwined and complementary to each other.