School boardProf. K.P. Jayasankar Professor and Dean, SMCS Prof. Anjali Monteiro Professor, CSCC, SMCS Dr. Shilpa Phadke Assistant Professor, CSCC, SMCS Mr. K. V. Nagesh Babu Assistant Professor and Chairperson, CSCC, SMCS Prof. Ilina Sen Professor, ACWS, SDS, TISS Ms. Chandita Mukherjee Director, Comet Media Foundation, External Member Prof. Shoba Ghosh Head, Department of English, University of Mumbai, External Member Ex-officio MA MCS Student Representative
School of Media and Cultural StudiesThe School of Media and Cultural Studies, (SMCS) of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai (a Deemed University) is engaged in media teaching, production, research and dissemination. A unique feature of the School is the close linkage between its technical and academic work. The work of the School facilitates a synergy between research, teaching and production, all of which are informed by a keen sense of connection with local subaltern cultures of resistance and invention. Production is an important component of the School’s work. It has to its credit more than 35 awards for its documentary films at national and international film festivals. Its films are widely distributed and used. The School is also involved in media and cultural studies research.
ProgrammesThe SMCS has done pioneering work in critical media education in the country. In 2007, it started a two-year Master’s degree in Media and Cultural Studies, which focuses on professional media practice and research within a framework that enables the development of a critical perspective on media, culture and society. It seeks to enable the creation of a lively group of thinking doers and doing thinkers. Students produce documentary films and other video/audio/web-based texts. This is the first of its kind in the country and is a prototype for a socially responsive, multi-disciplinary media progamme that seeks to contribute to both mainstream media and the education and social sector. The Post Graduate Diploma in Community Media, introduced in 2012, is designed for social workers, community activists and cultural organisers who are engaged in grassroots level activities, with the goal of supplementing their field efforts with the knowledge, perspectives and skills that will enable them to work with communities and facilitate the expression of their concerns through the media.
Missions and ObjectivesThe vision of the School of Media and Cultural Studies is: to be a centre of excellence that actively promotes critical thinking, education, research, production, dissemination and advocacy in the areas of media and contemporary culture, with a focus on equity, social justice and human rights. Keeping in mind this vision, the SMCS dedicates itself to the achievement of the following mission and objectives:
Academic CollaborationsSMCS has academic collaborations with the following insitututions, among others La Sapienza University, Rome University of Technology Sydney Queen Mary's College, University of London Sree Narayana Guru College, Chembur Acharya Marathe College, Chembur
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