A great memory of Cartagena & Colombia

Karthik Kamalanathan from the University of Hyderabad, India

Karthik Kamalanathan, a PhD Student at the University of Hyderabad in India, received a travel grant to attend IAMCR 2017. He presented his paper "The Public Discourse on Child Nutrition: A Case of Augmented Silence in South India" to the Emerging Scholars Network.

IAMCR 2017 was my second IAMCR Conference. The first was in 2014 at Hyderabad, India. I still remember it well and I was fascinated by seeing, listening, interacting with some of the pioneers in the field of communication and media who otherwise I would have never met. That moment drew my interest towards IAMCR.

I am extremely happy and grateful to receive a travel grant that enabled me to participate in IAMCR 2017. I was amazed by the diverse participation from all corners of the globe that eventually enriched my knowledge of contemporary academic issues and my intellectual engagement.

The paper I presented during the conference was my ongoing research and since I presented it in the Emerging Scholars Network I had the privilege to receive valuable and critical comments, especially from the discussant. This has helped me reflect on the work that I am currently involved with.

Beyond academics, I should say it was a unique opportunity for me to travel all the way from India to the "West" particularly South America and indeed conversed not just with scholars but also to a variety of people in Colombia. I will definitely carry a great memory of Cartagena but also of the changes that Colombia is currently undertaking.

I personally thank Bruce Girard, the Executive Director, and Elske van de Fliert, the Treasurer, for their prompt responses that made my journey more comfortable. I hope and wish IAMCR will continue offering travel grants in the future, especially for young scholars coming from low income economies.

Thank you IAMCR!

- Karthik Kamalanathan, PhD Student, University of Hyderabad, India.

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