The Wits Department of Media Studies is one of the pre-eminent centres for the critical, interdisciplinary and theoretical study of media in the southern hemisphere.
Our work touches a wide variety of fields, including economics, sociology, anthropology, geography, visual culture, international relations, popular culture and literature and is unified by a shared concern with the diverse influences of media on lived experience, culture and society in the global south. We are dedicated to exploring, analysing and theorising how media are used from above and below in contexts of decoloniality. Our research challenges the hegemony of the global north and breaks new ground in the study of the global south. Although rooted in critical debates shaping research in South Africa and Africa, our work engages with global flows of knowledge while critically building upon established canons of media theory.
The Media Studies department was the 2016 winner of both the Vice-Chancellor's Team Teaching Award and the Faculty of Humanities Team Teaching Award, in recognition of our outstanding and innovative undergraduate programme.
Wits Media Studies will help you understand how media work and how they affect us. We critically analyse the role of media in politics, culture and the economy.
We contribute to scholarly debates and research about media and consumerism, and media and democracy in the Global South.
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