The Culture: Industries and Diversity in Asia Research Programme (CIDASIA) at CSCS was established in 2006 as The Asian Popular Research Programme and renamed CIDASIA in 2008. The Programme’s vision is to study the restaging of Culture as linked to Rights, the Economy and Governance and its consequences for the present. Its objective is to collaborate with the government, private and donor agencies to extend the relevance of cultural theory into business, philanthropy and social action. The research initiatives at CIDASIA are Cultural Last Mile, Culture Industries Initiative and Cultural Policy. As part of the Cultural Policy initiative, projects prior to the current one were 1. Consultation on Culture Industries, Cultural Diversity and Cultural Policy in the Time of Globalisation, 2007, supported by Hivos, Bangalore; 2. Asian Cultural Stakeholders’ Meeting: CultureAsia 2008, 14-16 December 2008, Infosys Campus, Bangalore, in collaboration with Hivos, The Hague and Open Society Institute (OSI), Budapest.
Lead Researcher & Consultation Organiser:
Dr. P.Radhika, Associate Fellow, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS). Radhika has a PhD in Cultural Studies and is currently working as a research co-ordinator of the “Culture Industries Initiative” in the ‘Culture: Industries and Diversity in Asia Research Programme’ at CSCS. Her interest in cultural forms and production goes back a long time, as is evident in her PhD that examined popular women’s writing in Kannada but she has a specific interest in mapping contemporary cultural production, spaces and their economies as is evident in the recent project that she just completed (2009) was a lead researcher in: “Cultural Production and Livelihood in the Age of the E&M Industry.” The project was funded by Sir Ratan Tata Trust, Mumbai and looked at how livelihood figures in relation to culture industries within a larger attempt to understand cultural economies. The project raised these questions within the larger policy rubric of culture and creative economy, a rubric that also frames the current project.
Dr. S.V.Srinivas, Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS) and Programme Co-ordinator ‘Culture: Industries and Diversity in Asia Research Programme’, CSCS. S.V.Srinivas is a senior scholar with a PhD in English and many years of experience working in the area of popular culture, cultural production. He is currently developing a comparative framework for understanding Culture Industries in Asia. He is interested in the field of cultural markets and is working on a project mapping its significance in Govt. of India’s initiative, ‘Unique Identification Authority of India’. For more details see: http://www.cscsarchive.org/Members/srinivas/cscs_people_view
Ashish Rajadhyaksha, Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Culture and Society (CSCS) and Programme Co-ordinator ‘Culture: Industries and Diversity in Asia (CIDASIA) Research Programme’, CSCS. Ashish Rajadhyaksha is a widely acclaimed scholar in the field of Film Studies. He is well known for the Encyclopaedia of Indian Cinema, that he authored with Paul Willemen (British Film Institute and OUP, 1994). His more recent work is called Indian Cinema in the Time of Celluloid: From Bollywood to the Emergency, New Delhi: Tulika/Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009. He is currently heading the initiative on “The Cultural Last Mile” in the CIDASIA Research Programme heading The Identity Project that is conducting a real time research and mapping of the Govt. of India’s ‘Unique Identification’ Project. For more details see the following link: http://www.cscsarchive.org/Members/ashish/cscs_people_view