Prof. P.Thirumal, Dean

P.Thirumal completed his Masters in Psychology and Communication at Bangalore University. He submitted his Thesis titled “Region as an Imagined Community: An Interpretative Study of Deccan Herald” to the Department of English, Pondicherry University.

He has published in the area of Cultural Histories of North East India, Technology Studies, Caste Embodiment and Discrimination in Higher Education. He has taught advanced theory courses for Doctoral Students and has supervised dissertations across subject domains like Theory and History, Aesthetics and Performative cultures. He began his career as a Science Communication teacher at the
Centre for Science and Technology Communication, Pondicherry University and joined the Department of Communication University of Hyderabad in 1998. 


PUBLICATIONS

Books
 Modern Mizoram: History Culture Poetics, co-authored with Laldinpuia and Lalrozami(Routledge, 2019)
 Histories of Media and Performative Cultures, edited with Nuaiman K.A. (Orient Blackswan, forthcoming)

Chapters in Books
 “Incommensurable Sacral Secular: Rohith Movement and the limits of the Appropriable,” Co-authored with Leonard Dickens, in Ajay Gudavarathy (ed.)
Secular Sectarianism; The limits of Sub-Altern Politics(Sage, 2020)
 “Tracing Science Communication in Independent India,” co-authored with Anwesha and Usha Raman, in Toss Gascoigne et al. (eds.), Communicating Science: A Global Perspective (Canberra: ANU Press, 2020) [in press]
 “India’s Dalits Search for a Democratic Opening in the Digital Divide,”co-authored with Gary Tartakov, in Pat Randolph Leigh (ed.)International Explorations in Technology Equity and Digital Divide Critical, Historical and Social Perspectives(Hershey: Information Science Reference, 2010).

 “Situating the New Media : Reformulating the Dalit Question” in Radhika Gajjala and VenkataramanaGajjala (eds) South Asian Technospaces (New York: Peter Lang, 2008)

Articles
 “Dominant Bodies and Their Ethical Performances Violence of Caste Embodiment in Higher Educational Institutions,” EPW,Vol. 55, Issue No. 3, 18 Jan, 2020
 “Listening to the Sonorous: Digital Archiving as a Political Practice,” co-authored with Amulya Kommaraju,SummerHill, [S.l.], v. 22, n. 1, p. 1-10, June, 2018
 “Why Indian Universities Are Places Where Savarnas Get Affection and Dalit-Bahujans Experience Distance,” co-authored with Carmel Christy,EPW, Vol. 53, Issue No. 5, 03 Feb, 2018
 “Nobel out of Reach: Elusive Desire for Greatness,” Deccan Chronicle, 21 Oct, 2018.
 “Universities as Spaces of Disaffection,” co-authored with Carmel Christy, Seminar, no. 700, June, 2017
 “On the discursive and material context of the first handwritten Lushai newspaper &;Mizo ChanchinLaishuih', 1898,” co-authored withLalrozami,Indian Economic and Historical Review, 47.3, 2010.
 “Dalits as State Imagined Communities” in the proceedings of the Conference on Dr. Ambedkar’s Vision: Relevance to Contemporary India published by Mahatma Gandhi National Institute of Research and Social Action, 2006.
 “Derrida and Contemporary Understanding of Media,” eSocialSciences, (2017).
 “ PrintandDigitalImaginations; ThePostColonialShudra ,” co-authored with K.P.Smriti, Journal of Karnataka Studies, Vol (1) November 2004-April 2005.
 “The Practice of Self-Censorship,” Darpan, Department of Communication, February, 2004.

Reviews
 “Review of Caste in Contemporary India,”Journal of Intercultural Studies, v. 36, issue 4, 2015.
 “Review of Culture and Dignity: Dialogues between the Middle East and the West,”Journal of Intercultural Studies, v. 36, issue 1, 2015.
 “Review of Multiculturalism (2nd Edition),”Journal of Intercultural Studies, v. 36, issue 1, 2015.
 “Review discussion on Reading Culture: Theory, Praxis, Politics”Journal of Creative Communications, 1:3,2006
 “Digital Politics,” Review of New Media and Politics. Barrie Axford and Richard Huggins (Eds.) and Kenneth Hacker Jan Djik (Eds.)Digital Democracy, Deccan Herald, 2002
 “Reviewing Development,” Review of Communication for Development in the Third World: Theory and Practice for Empowerment,Deccan Herald, 2001
 “Revolutions in the Making” Review of India’s Communication Revolution: From Bullock Carts to Cyber Marts,Deccan Herald, 2001
 “Setting Out With TGV,”Review of Mr. Naipaul Round Trip and Other Essays: T.G. Vaidyanathan. Pradeep Sebastian and Prasanna Chandrashekar. (Eds.) In Deccan Herald (2003)