Kiran Bhatia teaches in the area of Culture, Communication, and Society. In her dissertation, she focused on developing a Critical Media Literacy curriculum to help school students counter the dominant rationality of religious prejudice perpetuated in and through their communicative ecologies. A practising media educator, Kiran’s other research interests include ethnographic inquiry, religion and performativity, religions identities in societies witnessing political polarization, socially engaged arts practice, collaborative and embodied pedagogical techniques, and the theory of governmentality.
Fields of expertise
Culture and conflict, adolescent studies, media ecologies, critical media literacy, social identities, communication for social change, development communication, socially engaged arts practices, intercultural communication, politics and history of Gujarat, peace and conflict resolution.
I convene the following courses for the undergraduate program of Bachelor of Mass Communication and Journalism
Mass Communication and Society
Introduction to Journalistic Inquiry
Contemporary Issues in society
I am available to supervise independent study projects in the following areas:
The making of Gujarat
Critical Media Literacy
Media and youth
MICA, Fellow Program in Management and Communication 2018, Communication Research
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Master of Communication Studies 2015, Communication Studies
Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, BA 2013, English
Awards and Honors
External Reviewer, Evaluation Board, Academic Mindtrek, 2018
External Reviewer, Editorial Committee, Journal of Media Literacy Education, 2017-present
Qualified the National Eligibility Test for Assistant Professors (with JRF) in the general category, July 2016
Goverdhandas Chunilal Shah Gold Medal for securing the first rank in Master of Communication Studies degree, 2015
Mohanlal Mehta Sopan Gold Medal for securing the first rank in Master of Communication Studies degree, 2015
Awarded a conference grant to present a research paper at International Conference on Culture and History, 2017, Barcelona-Spain
Selected to attend a three-month term as a visiting research scholar at the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, 2016-2017, under Associate Professor Stuart Poyntz
Selected under the TICKLE project to attend the Summer School on “ICT for Development: A Technical and Socio-Cultural Perspective” at the University of Tampere, Finland, 2016
Selected to participate in JENESYS 2.0, a Youth Exchange Project between universities in India and Japan, funded by SAARC Japan Fund, 2014
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- Pathak-Shelat, M. & Bhatia, K. (2018). Young people as global citizens: Negotiation of youth civic participation in adult-managed online spaces. Journal of Youth Studies, https://doi.org/10.1080/13676261.2018.1483074.
- Bhatia, K., & Pathak-Shelat, M. (2017). Media literacy as a pathway to religious literacy in pluralistic democracies: Designing a critical media education pedagogy for primary school children in India. Interaction: Studies in Communication and Culture, 8 (2), 189-209.
- Bhatia, K. (2017). Media briefings and releases. In P. Joseph (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives (pp. 1035-1037). Thouand Oaks, U.K.: Sage
- Bhatia, K. (2016). Redefining the Indian public sphere: A study of the LGBT rights movement in India. Media Watch , 7 (2), 174-184.
- Bhatia, K. (2016). Understanding the role of media education in promoting religious literacy: A critical pedagogy for primary school students in rural India. Media Education Research Journal,7 (2), 11-28.
- Bhatia, K. (2016). Understanding the role of media education in the age of religious pluralism: Rhetoric of difference and similarities. International Journal of Communication Research, 6 (3), 267-274.
- Bhatia, K., & Patra, S. (2016). Political economy of air pollution in India: A conceptual analysis of the role of media. Journal of Content, Community and Communication, 3, 50-55.
- Bhatia, K. (2018). Mediating religious literacy among primary school children in Gujarat: Classroom as a liminal space. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 10 (1).
- Bhatia, K. & Pathak-Shelat, M. (2018). Applied theatre as praxis: Tackling religion-based violence in schools through theatrical forms of resistance. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy.
- Bhatia, K., Chakravarty, D., & Khanna, K. (2018). The role of media in the construction of reality: Politics of inclusion and exclusion. In R. Sharma (Ed.) Media, the State, and Marginalization: Tackling Challenges (pp. 49-61). Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
- Bhatia, K. & Pathak-Shelat, M. (2018). Applied theatre as praxis: Tackling religion-based violence in schools through theatrical forms of resistance. IAMCR, Oregon.
- Bhatia, K. (2018). Media experiences in community driven rural areas: Exploring children’s media ecologies in Ahmedabad. International Communication and Management Conference. Ahmedabad: ICMC.
- Bhatia, K. (2017). Media literacy as a pathway to religious literacy in pluralistic democracies: Designing a critical media education pedagogy for primary school children in India. MER-IAMCR Pre-Conference. Cartegena: IAMCR.
- Bhatia, K. (2017). Mediating religious literacy among primary school children in Gujarat: Classroom as a liminal space. International Conference on Culture and History. Barcelona: ICCH.