Dr. Jyotirmay Das teaches Media and Cultural Studies at the School of Media, Mahindra University Hyderabad. Before joining the academia, he worked as a development communication professional for almost seven years in various parts of India. He also manages a YouTube channel with over 11K subscribers (http://www.youtube.com/c/jajaboreeproductions).
He obtained his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi in Humanities and Social Sciences. His Ph.D. dissertation dealt with the politics of organising, performing, and communicating traditional performances in the Goalpara Region of Assam, India.
Jyotirmay has attended many certificate and diploma courses. Important among them are the Screenwriting and Filmmaking Course: Imaging Cinema at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras in 2012 and the Theatre Appreciation Course at the National School of Drama, Delhi in 2019. He has attended Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) courses at IIT Delhi from 2017 to 2018. These courses include the Critical Philosophy of Race; Religion, Democracy, and Violence; Truth, Knowledge, and Capitalism in the Anthropocene; and The Psychology of Groups. He attended two Winter Schools organised by the University of Groningen (The Netherlands), Frobenius Institute, Goethe University of Frankfurt (Germany), and IIT Delhi (India)– Changing Grounds: Dynamics of Culture and Livelihood; and Performing Religion: Theory and Practice in 2019 and 2020, respectively. He also served as a Teaching Assistant for a SWAYAM-NPTEL Course on Text, Textuality, and Digital Media conducted by IIT Delhi in 2019 and 2021, respectively.
Jyotirmay’s research interests include the society and culture of Western Assam, traditional theatre and performance, and community media.