Short-Term Research Positions: Asian Cultural Studies
The Cultural and Material life of media piracy is a three-year
project carried out by the Sarai programme of the CSDS, Delhi, India
in collaboration with the Alternative Law Forum Bangalore, India. The
project seeks open a different debates on piracy other than simply
that of enforcement and criminality in Asia. We hope to generate
discussions of cultural needs, community practices of sharing and
circulation in societies of high inequality. We will also look at
media industry approaches to piracy and enforcement strategies. In
addition, there will be ethnographic and quantitative work on media
use in neighborhoods.
The main research node spans South Asia, with comparative work in
China and South East Asia. The Sarai-ALF teams of researchers work in
tandem with an international project on media piracy with fellow
researchers in Brazil, South Africa and Russia coordinated by the
SSRC (New York). The project is supported by the IDRC (Canada)
We are looking for bright, energetic and qualified researchers who
can work in collaboration with a regional and international team.
Applicants must demonstrate abilities to research and write on the
subject. A familiarity with the debate on piracy, intellectual
Property and the creative commons is preferable. Social science and
humanities applicants should have completed postgraduate degrees, law
students a four-year programme.
The position is ideal for researchers working on their Ph.d/M.Phil,
wanting to combine it with ongoing research and interest in media,
law and cultural studies. Independent researchers with a clear,
demonstrable research capacity and experience may also apply.
Researcher One: Beijing
The researcher will be media and copy culture circuits in China post
video/VCD and the relationship to the international legal regime.
Research will be fieldwork based. Researchers must be bi-lingual in
Mandarin and English.
Researcher Two: Hong Kong
The researcher will be looking at Hong Kong Media industries after
video and the worlds of piracy in South China. Researchers should be
fluent and bi-lingual in Cantonese and English.
Remuneration will be approximately USD 5000 for a six-month period. A
publication quality research paper is expected at the conclusion of
the research period.
Interested applicants may send their CV and a written research sample
to [log in to unmask] by April 20th, 2009. Applications without a
written research sample will not be entertained.
Sarai, CSDS: www.sarai.net
Alternative Law Forum: www.altlawforum.org
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