Saumava Mitra

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T: Ext. 5448
E: Saumava.Mitra@dcu.ie
Assistant Professor

C1110
Henry Grattan Building
DCU Glasnevin Campus

T: +353 1 7005448
E: saumava.mitra@dcu.ie
W: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8622-7091



Biography

Saumava Mitra is an Assistant Professor at the School of Communications of Dublin City University. Mitra researches on various issues of media's – particularly visual media's – relationship with violent and social conflicts. He is interested in both the questions of how socio-economic and political inequities are inscribed into the photographic images of conflicts as well as the effects of these inequities on the lives and livelihoods of those who produce these images. His current research project involves exploring the gendered and geopolitical inequities inherent in photographs of – and acts surrounding photographing – places and peoples embroiled in various violent and social conflicts, based on the perspectives and practices of photojournalists and documentary photographers with ties to the Global South. Mitra’s previous research has focused on issues surrounding safety of journalists and news-workers, and the local-international interactions inherent in foreign news production in conflict-affected contexts. Mitra received his PhD at University of Western Ontario in Canada. His doctoral thesis focused on the working conditions of, and images of Afghanistan produced by, Afghan photojournalists who cater to international audiences. Prior to joining DCU, he worked in journalism, communications and in academia in South Asia, East Africa, North and Central Americas and Western Europe.


Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2021 'How our Rage is Represented: Resistance among Women Photographers of the Global South'
Saumava Mitra, Sara Creta, Stephanie McDonald (2021) 'How our Rage is Represented: Resistance among Women Photographers of the Global South' In: Kristin Skare Orgeret (eds). Insights on Peace and Conflict Reporting. London: Routledge. [DOI] [Details]
2020 'Real-ising rape'
Saumava Mitra (2020) 'Real-ising rape' In: Hold your Story: Reflections on News of Sexual Violence in India. United Kingdom: Centre for the Study of Conflict, Emotion & Social Justice, Bournemouth University. [Details]

Edited Books

  Year Publication
2021 Reporting Global while being Local: Local Producers of News for Distant Audiences
Saumava Mitra and Chris Paterson (Ed.). (2021) Reporting Global while being Local: Local Producers of News for Distant Audiences London: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2021 'Medium-Specific Threats for Journalists: Examples from Philippines, Afghanistan and Venezuela'
Saumava Mitra; Marte Høiby & Mariateresa Garrido (2021) 'Medium-Specific Threats for Journalists: Examples from Philippines, Afghanistan and Venezuela'. JOURNALISM PRACTICE, 15 (1):80-98 [DOI] [Details]
2020 'Picturing Afghan Women for Western audiences: The Afghan perspective'
Saumava Mitra (2020) 'Picturing Afghan Women for Western audiences: The Afghan perspective'. Journalism, 21 (6):800-820 [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Reporting Global While Being Local: Local Sources of News for Distant Audiences'
Saumava Mitra;Chris Paterson; (2019) 'Reporting Global While Being Local: Local Sources of News for Distant Audiences'. Journalism Studies, [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Safety culture changing visual representations of wars? The case of Afghanistan'
Saumava Mitra; (2019) 'Safety culture changing visual representations of wars? The case of Afghanistan'. [Details]
2018 'Socio-cultural contexts and peace journalism: A case for meso-level comparative sociological investigation of journalistic cultures'
Mitra, S.; (2018) 'Socio-cultural contexts and peace journalism: A case for meso-level comparative sociological investigation of journalistic cultures'. Journalism, [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Adoptability and acceptability of peace journalism among Afghan photojournalists: Lessons for peace journalism training in conflict-affected countries'
Mitra, Saumava; (2017) 'Adoptability and acceptability of peace journalism among Afghan photojournalists: Lessons for peace journalism training in conflict-affected countries'. [Details]
2017 'Local-Global Tensions: Professional Experience, Role Perceptions and Image Production of Afghan Photojournalists Working for a Global Audience'
Mitra, Saumava; (2017) 'Local-Global Tensions: Professional Experience, Role Perceptions and Image Production of Afghan Photojournalists Working for a Global Audience'. [Details]
2016 'Display-through-foregrounding by photojournalists as self-reflexivity in photojournalism: Two case studies of Accidental Peace Photojournalism'
Saumava Mitra; (2016) 'Display-through-foregrounding by photojournalists as self-reflexivity in photojournalism: Two case studies of Accidental Peace Photojournalism'. [Details]
2015 'Communication and peace: Understanding the nature of texts as a way to resolve conceptual differences in the emerging field'
Saumava Mitra; (2015) 'Communication and peace: Understanding the nature of texts as a way to resolve conceptual differences in the emerging field'. Global Media and Communication, [DOI] [Details]
2014 'Re-thinking visuals: Understanding discursive reformulation of visuals to inform Peace Journalism'
Saumava Mitra; (2014) 'Re-thinking visuals: Understanding discursive reformulation of visuals to inform Peace Journalism'. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2021 International Communication Association Virtual Conference 2021,
Saumava Mitra (2021) Chaired session entitled 'Views of the Virus: Representing and Responding to a Global Pandemic'. [Chaired Session], International Communication Association Virtual Conference 2021, Virtual Conference Platform , 27-MAY-21 - 30-MAY-21 [Details]
2021 Ireland India Institute Annual South Asia Conference,
Saumava Mitra (2021) Chaired session entitled British Empire and the famines in Bengal. [Chaired Session], Ireland India Institute Annual South Asia Conference, Dublin City University , 29-APR-21 - 29-APR-21 [Details]
2021 Ireland India Institute Annual South Asia Conference,
Saumava Mitra (2021) Chaired session entitled New Media, Cyberspace: the cultural and the political. [Chaired Session], Ireland India Institute Annual South Asia Conference, Dublin City University , 28-APR-21 - 28-APR-21 [Details]
2020 6th Conference on Safety of Journalists,
Saumava Mitra (2020) ‘C'est un combat’: Risks and resilience among female photographers from the Global South. [Invited Oral Presentation], 6th Conference on Safety of Journalists, Department of Journalism and Media, Oslo Metropolitan University , 02-NOV-20 - 04-NOV-20 [Details]
2020 International Communication Association Virtual Conference 2020,
Saumava Mitra; (2020) Chaired session entitled 'Hate Media: Global Cases of Marginalization and Resistance' for Global Communication & Social Change Division. [Chaired Session], International Communication Association Virtual Conference 2020, Virtual Conference Platform [Details]
2020 International Communication Association Virtual Conference 2020,
Saumava Mitra; (2020) Presented paper entitled ‘Visible in the visual world: Understanding NGO-led empowerment of women photographers in the Global South’ at international panel entitled ‘The growing role of philanthropy, NGO and state funding in international reporting from the global South’. [Invited Oral Presentation], International Communication Association Virtual Conference 2020, Virtual Conference Platform [Details]
2019 International Association for Media and Communications Research Conference 2020,
Saumava Mitra; (2019) Organized panel entitled ‘Biased or Beneficial? Cross-border lessons on journalists’ safety’. [Other], International Association for Media and Communications Research Conference 2020, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain [Details]

Book Review

  Year Publication
2019 Book review: Katherine Brown, Your Country, Our War: The Press and Diplomacy in Afghanistan.
Saumava Mitra; (2019) Book review: Katherine Brown, Your Country, Our War: The Press and Diplomacy in Afghanistan. Book Review [DOI] [Details]

Online Article

  Year Publication
2019 The many things wrong with the visual representation of rape.
Saumava Mitra; (2019) The many things wrong with the visual representation of rape. Bournemouth University; UNESCO New Delhi: Online Article [Details]
2019 Making rape ‘real’.
Saumava Mitra; (2019) Making rape ‘real’. Bournemouth University and UNESCO New Delhi: Online Article [Details]

Review Articles

  Year Publication
2018 Book Review: Lindsay Palmer (2018). Becoming the Story: War Correspondents since 9/11. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press.
(2018) Book Review: Lindsay Palmer (2018). Becoming the Story: War Correspondents since 9/11. Urbana, Illinois: University of Illinois Press. Review Articles [Details]

Professional Associations

  Association Function From / To
International Communication Association Member 16-OCT-20 /

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
Visual Communication Division, International Communication Association Vice Chair 2021 / Ongoing

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
UTVi Bloomberg India Bureau Correspondent 01-OCT-07 / 31-MAR-08
Dublin City University Assistant Professor 01-AUG-19 /
University for Peace Research Assistant 01-OCT-12 / 31-MAY-13
Twaweza Communication Consultant 01-DEC-11 / 31-MAY-12
Media Express Tanzania Chief Editor 01-JUL-10 / 30-NOV-11
Radio Nederland Wereldomroep Freelance Correspondent 01-OCT-10 / 30-APR-12
University for Peace Post-Doctoral Fellow 07-JAN-18 / 31-DEC-18
University for Peace Coordinator 01-JAN-19 / 31-JUL-19
University for Peace Visiting Lecturer 09-JAN-17 / 27-JAN-17
Associated Press Television News Ltd Assistant Producer 01-MAR-07 / 30-SEP-07

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2006 Jadavpur University Bachelor in Arts (Honours)
2007 Indian Institute of Mass Communications Post Graduate Diploma in Radio and TV Journalism
2010 Swansea University, Aarhus University, University of Amsterdam Erasmus Mundus MA in Journalism and Media within Globalization
2017 University of Western Ontario PhD in Media Studies

Languages

  Language Reading Writing Speaking
ENGLISH Fluent Fluent Fluent
Bengali Fluent Fluent Fluent
Swahili Basic Basic Basic
SPANISH Functional Basic Basic
Hindi Fluent Functional Fluent

Reviews

  Journal Role
Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism Reviewer
Global Media And Communication Reviewer
Media, War And Conflict Reviewer
Journalism Studies Reviewer

Enterprise Engagement

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2021
Consultancy Afghanistan Photographers' Association Research support and advice for national survey of Afghan photographers and photojournalists.

Outreach Activities

  Year Engagement Type Organisation Description

2020
Presentations/Talks to an external audience Journalism and Media International Centre Research seminar for working Afghan journalists

2021
Presentations/Talks to an external audience The Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) “Communicating Effectively for Peace”. Session within workshop entitled “Unpacking the Peacebuilder's Toolbox”. Leadership Training in Peace and Security 2021.

2021
Presentations/Talks to an external audience University of Leeds and Imperial War Museums Invited speaker at The Tim Hetherington collection & conflict imagery research network launch event for public talk entitled 'Revisiting Restrepo: The men and boys outside the wire'.

2020
Other Hub for the Study of Hybrid Communication in Peacebuilding Member of research network hosted and led by Centre for Freedom of the Media (CFOM) at the University of Sheffield, in collaboration with the Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) at the University of Manchester.

Research Interests

Conflict Journalism and Photojournalism; Images of Wars and Crises; Foreign Correspondence; International News.

Contract Researchers

  Researcher Name Project Role Funding Body
Tom Burke ‘The Break in Consent: Ethics and Documentary Filmmaking PhD Student
Rituparna Banerjee National cultures and the ‘good woman’: self and identity in Bengali Indian and Bangladeshi stateswomen’s digital social practices PhD Student

Current Postgraduate Students

  Student Degree Type Supervision Type
Banerjee , Rituparna PhD-track Supervisor
Burke , Tom PhD-track Supervisor

Internal Collaborators

  Name Institute Country
Sara Creta The Institute for Future Media Democracy and Society IRELAND

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Mariateresa Garrido United Nations University for Peace COSTA RICA
Chris Paterson School of Media and Communication, University of Leeds UNITED KINGDOM
Brenda Witherspoon Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication, Iowa State University U.S.A.
Marte Høiby Norwegian Media Authority (Mediatylsynet) NORWAY

Teaching Interests

Media and Communication Studies, Journalism Studies.

Modules Coordinated

  Term (ID)) Title Link Subject
2022 Peace and Conflict Journalism CM3013Peace and Conflict Journalism
2020 Media and Communication Skills CM537Media and Communication Skills
2022 Journalism Ethics CM598Journalism Ethics
2022 Photojournalism CM2760Photojournalism