Sahana Udupa is a Professor of Media Anthropology at the University of Munich (LMU), Germany, where she directs the research program for Digital Dignity. She is the author of ‘Making News in Global India’ (Cambridge University Press, 2015), ‘Digital Unsettling: Decoloniality and Dispossession in the Age of Social Media’ (New York University Press, with E.G. Dattatreyan, 2023); and co-editor of ‘Digital Hate: The Global Conjuncture of Extreme Speech’ (Indiana University Press, 2021) and ‘Media as Politics in South Asia’ (Routledge, 2017). In 2021, she received the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship at Harvard University, and in the same year, she was awarded the Francqui Chair in Belgium for her contributions to global digital research. She is also the recipient of the prestigious European Research Council grant awards. In 2021, the United Nations commissioned her to write a research paper on digital technology and extreme speech, which was tabled before the UN audience.
Aswin Punathambekar is a Professor of Communication at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication, and Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication (CARGC). His research and teaching focus on the unfolding impact of globalization and technological change on the workings of media industries and institutions, formations of audiences and publics, and cultural identity and politics. He has authored and edited several books including ‘A Fragile Popular: Media Entertainment and Citizenship in Digital India’ (forthcoming, NYU Press), ‘Media Industry Studies’ (2020), ‘Global Digital Cultures: Perspectives from South Asia’ (2019), ‘Television at Large in South Asia’ (2014), ‘From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry’ (2013), and ‘Global Bollywood’ (2008). He serves as an editor of the peer-reviewed journal ‘Media, Culture and Society’, co-editor of the ‘Critical Cultural Communication’ book series at NYU Press, and as a Juror for the Peabody Awards in the U.S.