Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

09.06. "Indians in Germany: Media, Politics and Religion" (Dr. Arani Basu, Krea University/Sri City)

Abstract for Dr. Basu's presentation:

Media plays a pivotal role in the lives of the migrant communities, serving
as the bridge between the home and the immigrant country. Media consumption practices lie at the core of the transnational or transcultural practices that immigrants engage with, in their efforts and desires at creating a home in the country of immigration. These media consumption practices include religious practices, culinary practices and political discussions and debates. In this presentation, I will talk about the digital media practices of the Indian immigrants in Germany. The latest phase of
immigration from India to Germany involves the arrival of the European
Union Blue Card Holders and students, leading to a slow yet steady
expansion of the Indian communities in the host country and the emergence of a new diaspora in Germany dominated by white collar immigrants from India. Consequently, witnessing the rise of a new diaspora with a distinct transnational practice, including practices related to digital and social media, my focus here is to locate those practices and examine the consequences of those practices on the newly emerging Indian diaspora in Germany at large.


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