Noteworthy publications on globalising media and communication studies

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On power disparities within academia

  • Chakravartty, Paula, Rachel Kuo, Victoria Grubbs, and Charlton McIlwain. “#CommunicationSoWhite.” Journal of Communication 68, no. 2 (April 1, 2018): 254–66.
  • Demeter, Márton. Academic Knowledge Production and the Global South: Questioning Inequality and Under-representation. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020.
  • Mance, Boris, and Sašo Slaček Brlek. “Inequality: The Blind Spot of Western Communication Studies.” History of Media Studies 2 (July 3, 2022).
  • Willems, Wendy. “Provincializing Hegemonic Histories of Media and Communication Studies: Toward a Genealogy of Epistemic Resistance in Africa.” Communication Theory 24, no. 4 (2014): 415–34.

On dewesternising pedagogy

The case for dewesternisation

  • Albuquerque, Afonso de, Thaiane Moreira de Oliveira, Marcelo Alves dos Santos Junior, and Sofia Oliveira Firmo de Albuquerque. “Structural Limits to the De-Westernization of the Communication Field: The Editorial Board in Clarivate’s JCR System.” Communication, Culture and Critique 13, no. 2 (June 1, 2020): 185–203.
  • Chakravartty, Paula and Roy, Srirupa. “Questioning ‘De-Westernization’.” Political Communication Report 28 (November 15, 2023): 1–10.
  • Curran, James, and Myung-Jin Park, eds. De-Westernizing Media Studies. 1st edition. London; New York: Routledge, 1999.
  • Hafez, Kai, and Anne Grüne. Foundations of Global Communication. London: Routledge, 2022.
  • Herdin, Thomas, Maria Faust, and Guo-Ming Chen, eds. De-westernizing Visual Communication and Cultures: Perspectives from the Global South. Baden-Baden, 2020.
  • Miller, Toby. “Polyglots required if we want a place in the global academy” The Times Higher Education (2013, March 7),
  • Miller, Toby, and Prof Marwan M. Kraidy. Global Media Studies. Malden, MA: Polity, 2016.
  • Miller, Toby, and Jesús Arroyave. “Chapter 24. Worlding Media Studies.” In The Bloomsbury Handbook of World Theory, edited Di Leo, Jeffrey R., and Christian Moraru, 355–366. Bloomsbury Academic, 2022.
  • Mitchelstein, Eugenia. “Imagined Academic Communities: Three Observations about the De-westernization of Political Communication.” Political Communication Report 28 (November 14, 2023): 1–6.
  • Mutsvairo, Bruce, Saba Bebawi, and Eddy Borges-Rey, eds. Data Journalism in the Global South. Palgrave Studies in Journalism and the Global South. Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2019.
  • Neyazi, Taberez Ahmed. “Moving Beyond Western Dominance: Rethinking Political Communication Scholarship.” Political Communication Report 28 (November 14, 2023): 1–10.
  • Rao, Shakuntala. “Postcolonial theory and global media ethics: A theoretical intervention.” In Media Ethics Beyond Borders: A Global Perspective, edited by Ward, Stephen J. A., and Herman Wasserman, 90–104. Abingdon: Routledge, 2010.
  • Shohat, Ella, and Robert Stam. Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media. London; New York: Routledge, 2014.
  • Shome, Raka, and Radha S. Hegde. “Postcolonial Approaches to Communication: Charting the Terrain, Engaging the Intersections.” Communication Theory 12, no. 3 (August 1, 2002): 249–70.
  • Shome, Raka. “When Postcolonial Studies Interrupts Media Studies.” Communication, Culture and Critique 12, no. 3 (September 1, 2019): 305–22.
  • Shome, Raka. “When Postcolonial Studies Meets Media Studies.” Critical Studies in Media Communication 33, no. 3 (May 26, 2016): 245–63.
  • Simonson, Peter, David W. Park, and Jefferson Pooley. “Exclusions/Exclusiones: The Role for History in the Field’s Reckoning.” History of Media Studies 2 (June 22, 2022).
  • Waisbord, Silvio, and Claudia Mellado. “De-Westernizing Communication Studies: A Reassessment.” Communication Theory 24, no. 4 (November 1, 2014): 361–72.
  • Waisbord, Silvio. “Remaking ‘Area Studies’ in Journalism Studies.” African Journalism Studies 36, no. 1 (January 2, 2015): 30–36.
  • Waisbord, Silvio. “What Is next for De-Westernizing Communication Studies?” Journal of Multicultural Discourses 17, no. 1 (January 2, 2022): 26–33.
  • Waisbord, Silvio. “De-westernizing Political Communication: Why? How?” Political Communication Report 28 (November 15, 2023): 1–6.
  • Wasserman, Herman. “Moving from Diversity to Transformation in Communication Scholarship.” Annals of the International Communication Association 44, no. 1 (January 2, 2020): 1–3.
  • Wasserman, Herman. “Power, Meaning and Geopolitics: Ethics as an Entry Point for Global Communication Studies.” Journal of Communication 68, no. 2 (April 1, 2018): 441–51.

On global diversity in publishing

Insights from other fields

  • Crilly, Jess; Everitt, Regina. “THE podcast: what does it mean to decolonise a library?” The Times Higher Education (2022, January 20),
  • Meghji, Ali. Decolonizing Sociology: An Introduction. Cambridge, UK ; Medford, MA, 2021.
  • Radcliffe, Sarah A. Decolonizing Geography: An Introduction. Medford, 2022.
  • Shilliam, Robbie. Decolonizing Politics: An Introduction. Cambridge ; Medford, MA, 2021.