Associate Professor Vijay Devadas

Head of Postgraduate, Communication Studies

Phone: 921 9999 extn 8453

Email: vijay.devadas@aut.ac.nz

Postal Address:
Auckland University of Technology
School of Communication Studies
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
Auckland

Qualifications:

  • PhD, BA (Hons) Murdoch University, Australia

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Editor, borderlands: new spaces in the humanities
  • Editorial Board Member - Communication, Culture and Critique
  • Editorial Board Member - Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology & Cultural Studies
  • Editorial Board Member - Journal of Media Watch

Biography:

Vijay joined the School in 2016 as Associate Professor in Communication Studies & Head of Postgraduate. Prior to this, he taught for more than a decade at the University of Otago. His research is located at the interface of media-culture-society and his publications address key social, cultural and political debates and issues across cultures and media platforms: cinema, print, broadcast, & new media. Some recent publications explored indigenous media in Aotearoa; media and climate change; media and neoliberal politics; media, terror & sovereignty; new media & democracy in Malaysia; and cinema and migrant workers in Singapore.

As Head of Postgraduate Studies, Vijay invites prospective postgraduate students to email him. I will be delighted to hear from you as you consider embarking on your postgraduate career at AUT.

Research Areas:

  • Media & Communication Studies
  • Cultural Studies & Critical Theory
  • Urbanization & Youth Culture in India
  • Globalization & Everyday Life in Asia

Research Summary:

I am interdisciplinary researcher whose work is concerned with the ways creative industries and practices structure subjectivities, ways of seeing and living, and cultural, social, and political practices. My research draws on a range of scholarly areas including media & communication studies, critical theory, cultural studies, and urban studies, as well as a variety of approaches including ethnography, textual analysis, and qualitative research.

To date I  have supervised 6 PhDs and 9 MAs to completion & currently co-supervise 11 PhDs in areas such as social media and surveillance, gender and Indian cinema, ethnic media in Singapore, media and terrorism, and gender and the media in Asia.

Current Research Projects:

I am currently working on three research projects: media and social life of youth in India; migrant workers in Singapore; and the nexus of cinema-celebrity-politics.

Publications:

Books

  • Brendan Hokowhitu & Vijay Devadas (eds) 2013 The Fourth Eye: Maori Media in Aotearoa New Zealand. University of Minnesota Press, Minnesota. (Shortlisted Finalist - Ngā Kupu Ora Aotearoa Māori Book Awards 2014)
  • Chris Prentice, Vijay Devadas & Henry Johnson (eds) 2010 Cultural Transformations: Perspectives on Translocation in a Global Age. Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York.

Journals (Special Issue)

  • Brett Nicholls, Vijay Devadas & Alex Thong (eds) 2014 Critical Race and Whiteness Studies, 10.1 Special Issue Theme: Edward Said: Intellectual, Cultural Critic, Activist
  • Goldie Osuri & Vijay Devadas (eds) 2014 borderlands, 13.1 Special Issue Theme: States of Violence: Geopolitics, Law, Technology.
  • Brett Nicholls & Vijay Devadas (eds) 2012 New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, 13.2 Special Issue Theme: New Zealand/Aotearoa 2011: Politics, Disaster, Spectacle
  • Vijay Devadas & Chris Prentice (eds), 2011, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 25.6 Special Issue Theme: Postcolonial Popular Cultures, Routledge, U.K.
  • Chris Prentice & Vijay Devadas (eds), 2008, Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology & Cultural Studies, 5.1 Special Issue Theme: Everyday Postcolonial Politics.
  • Vijay Devadas & Chris Prentice (eds), 2007, borderlands, 6.2 Special Issue Theme: Postcolonial Politics.

Book Chapters   

  • Vijay Devadas 2013 ‘The Shifting Terrains of Nationalism and Patriotism in Indian Cinemas’, in Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas. Gokulsing. M and Dissanayake, W. (eds). Routledge, London and New York: 218-230.
  • Vijay Devadas 2013 ‘Governing Indigenous Sovereignty: Biopolitics and the ‘Terror Raids’ in Aotearoa’, in The Fourth Eye: Maori Media in Aotearoa New Zealand. Hokowhitu, B. and Devadas, V. (eds). University of Minnesota Press, Minnesota: 3-24.
  • Brendan Hokowhitu & Vijay Devadas 2013 ‘The Indigenous Mediascape in Aotearoa/New Zealand’, in The Fourth Eye: Maori Media in Aotearoa New Zealand. Hokowhitu, B. and Devadas, V. (eds). University of Minnesota Press, Minnesota: xv-l (36 pages)
  • Vijay Devadas & Selvaraj Velayutham 2012 ‘Cinema in Motion: Tracking Tamil Cinema’s Assemblage’, in The Travels of Bollywood Cinema, Anjali Gera Roy & Chua Beng Huat (eds). Oxford University Press, Delhi: 164-182.
  • Vijay Devadas & Selvaraj Velayutham 2010 ‘Hinduism and Tamil Cinema’, in Brill's Encyclopedia of Hinduism Volume 2: Texts, Rituals, Arts, Concepts, Knut A. Jacobsen, et al (eds). Brill, Leiden: 651-658.
  • Vijay Devadas 2010 ‘Affirming Diasporas as National Antinomies’, in Cultural Transformations: Perspectives on Translocation in a Global Age, Prentice, C, et al. (eds). Rodopi, Amsterdam & New York: 31-50.
  • Chris Prentice, Vijay Devadas, & Henry Johnson 2010 ‘Introduction: Cultural Transformations’, in Cultural Transformations: Perspectives on Translocation in a Global Age, Prentice, C, et al. (eds). Rodopi, Amsterdam & New York: xi-xxxv (25 pp).
  • Vijay Devadas 2009 ‘Makkal Sakti: The Hindraf Effect, Race and Postcolonial Democracy in Malaysia’, in Race and Multiculturalism in Malaysia and Singapore. Goh, D. et al (eds). Routledge, London: 86‐104.
  • Vijay Devadas & Selvaraj Velayutham 2007 ‘Encounters with ‘India’: (Ethno)-Nationalism in Tamil cinema’, in Tamil Cinema: The Cultural Politics of India's Other Film Industry. Selvaraj Velayutham (ed.) Routledge, London: 154‐171.
  • Vijay Devadas 2007 ‘Cartographies of Dis‐location: K. S. Maniam and the Indian Diaspora’, in Literatures in Englishes of the Asia‐Pacific Region: Perceiving from the Inside. Edwin Thumboo (ed). Marshall-Cavendish, Singapore and London: 325‐340.
  • Vijay Devadas 2006 ‘The Kangani and Maistry System’, in The Encyclopedia of the Indians Overseas. Brij Lal, Peter Reeves, and Rajesh Rai (eds). Editions Didier Millet and Landmark Books, Singapore: 53‐57 (4000 words).
  • Vijay Devadas 2005 ‘Commonwealth’, in A Historical Companion to Postcolonial Literatures. Prem Poddar and David Johnson (eds). Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh: 107‐108.
  • Vijay Devadas 2005 ‘Invention as Intervention: Negotiating the Margins of Pluralism’, in Frontiers of Diversity: Essays in Contemporary Pluralism. Avery Plaw (ed). Rodopi, Amsterdam and New York: 155‐170.

Journal Articles

  • Vijay Devadas & Brett Nicholls, 2017 ‘The misplaced public of New Zealand media: notes toward a future media scene’, MEDIANZ: Media Studies Journal of Aotearoa New Zealand, 17.1
  • Sarah Baker, et al, 2017 ‘Diversity in Reporting? A Study of the News coverage of the 2016 New Zealand Local Body Elections’, MEDIANZ: Media Studies Journal of Aotearoa New Zealand, 17.1
  • Kavi Chetty, Vijay Devadas, & Jean Fleming 2015 ‘The framing of climate change in New Zealand newspapers from June 2009 to June 2010’. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 45.1: 1-20.
  • Vijay Devadas & Brett Nicholls, 2012 ‘The Meaning of John Key’. New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, 13.2: 18-31.
  • Vijay Devadas 2011 ‘Rethinking Screen Encounters: Cinema and Tamil Migrant Workers in Singapore’. Screening the Past: Journal of Screen History, Theory & Criticism, 32. http://www.screeningthepast.com/2011/11/rethinking-screen-encounters-cinema-and-tamil-migrant-workers-in-singapore/
  • Vijay Devadas & Chris Prentice, 2011, ‘Postcolonial Popular Cultures’, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, 25.6 (Routledge, U.K.): 687-693.
  • Chris Prentice & Vijay Devadas 2008 ‘Postcolonial Studies & the Cultural Politics of Everyday Life’. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology & Cultural Studies, 5.1: 1‐19.
  • Vijay Devadas 2008 ‘15 October 2007, Aotearoa: Race, Terror & Sovereignty’. Sites: A Journal of Social Anthropology & Cultural Studies, 5.1: 124‐151.
  • Vijay Devadas 2006 ‘Rethinking Transnational Cinema: The Case of Tamil Cinema’. Senses of Cinema, Issue 41 http://www.sensesofcinema.com/contents/06/41/transnational-­‐tamil-­‐cinema.html
  • Vijay Devadas & Brett Nicholls 2002 ‘Postcolonial Interventions: Gayatri Spivak, the Three Wise Men & the Native Informant’. Critical Horizons, 3.1: 73‐102.
  • Vijay Devadas & Brett Nicholls 2000 ‘A Contaminated Critique: a response to Araeen’s new beginning’. Third Text: Critical Perspectives on Contemporary Art and Culture, 52: 86‐88.
  • Vijay Devadas 1996 ‘(Pre) Serving Home: ‘Little India’ & the Indian‐Singaporean’. Critical Arts: A Journal for Cultural Studies, 10.2: 67‐90.

Awards:

  • 2013, Research Grant, NZD 40 000, Education New Zealand and New Zealand India Research Institute
  • 2010, Senior Research Fellow, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore