Vidhya Sana

Teaching Assistant

I have been a part of the Media Studies department since 2006 as an undergraduate student, then as a postgraduate student, tutor and tutor coordinator. I have taught a few courses at the department, either as a primary lecturer or guest lecturer. I am currently a Teaching Assistant in the department and undergoing a PhD in Media Studies.


MA Media Studies (WITS, 2011)
BA (Hons) Media Studies (WITS, 2010)
BA Media Studies and English Literature (WITS, 2009)

Research Fields and Interests

My research is largely focused in the fields of Media and Cultural Studies. My current work explores the South African Indian diaspora and alternative/popular media forms. This work looks at the Indian community as a ‘minority’ group and their use of comedy as a tool to construct a visible image of the South African Indian in post-apartheid South Africa. Past research and teaching has included issues in race and gender – where I explore the ideas of heteronormative, Western ideals of femininity against an African perspective. I have also done research new media platforms and mobile phones and their place in South African youth culture. Alternative media forms and popular culture are also of interest to me for their ability to allow for women, youth and minority ethnic groups to have a space for expression and interaction.


Office: Room 3172, Solomon Mahlangu House West Wing, East Campus
Tel: 011 717 4163.  
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