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Centre for Media Studies

Staff

Head of Department
Dr Jaeho Kang

Research Tutor
Professor Annabelle Sreberny

MA Tutor
Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

Convenor, MA Global Media and Post-National Communication

Professor Annabelle Sreberny

Convenor, MA Critical Media and Cultural Studies
Dr Jaeho Kang

Convenor, MA Media in Development
Dr Somnath Batabyal

Convenor, MA Media and the Middle East

Dr Dina Matar

Dr Layal Ftouni

Annabelle Sreberny
Professor of Global Media and Communications
Anabelle Sreberny: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Iran; gender and democratization; diasporic cultures; ‘small media’ and political change.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4422
  • Email: as98@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1-2pm or by email appointment
Somnath Batabyal
Lecturer in Media and Development
Somnath Batabyal

South Asia with a focus on India; transnational news spheres with a special focus on India; Development discourses in India and its articulation in mainstream and alternate news forums; environmental politics.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4415
  • Email: sb127@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 570
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm

Jaeho Kang
Lecturer in Critical Media and Cultural Studies
Director of Centre
Jaeho Kang

Critical Theory; Media Theory; East Asian Media and Cultural Studies; Media Spectacle and Uran Space in East Asian Cities; Screen Culture in Korea; New Media and Democracy in Korea; Global Sports Events (the Olympics and the World Cup)

  • Tel: 020 7898 4585
  • Email: jk71@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 510
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 5-7pm
Dina Matar
Senior Lecturer in Arab Media and Political Communication
Dina Matar: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially the Arab world; international political communication; Arab cultural politics; Arab cultural studies; memory studies and oral history; Islamist  movements; social movements and media; diasporas; ethnic minorities; transnational movements and communications.

  • Tel: 0207 898 4696
  • Email: dm27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 575
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15

Teaching Fellows

Nick Denes
Senior Teaching Fellow
Nick Denes

Teaching Fellow, Centre for Media and Film Studies, SOAS; Co-Director of the Palestine Film Foundation (palestinefilm.org)

Layal Ftouni
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Massimiliano Fusari
Senior Teaching Fellow
Massimiliano Fusari
Joshua McNamara
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Joshua McNamara

Matti Pohjonen
Senior Teaching Fellow
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Murali Shanmugavelan
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Murali Shanmugavelan

I have 16 years of experience in the international development sector which is concerned with the research, policy and practice in the field media and communications including the Internet.


Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
Senior Teaching Fellow
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
  • Tel: 020 7898 4422
  • Email: sz10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Office Hours: By email appointment

Research Associates

Haim Bresheeth
Senior Teaching Fellow
Professorial Research Associate
Haim Bresheeth

Filmmaker, photographer and a film studies scholar.

Yosefa Loshitzky
Professorial Research Associate
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Lina Khatib
Research Associate
Lina Khatib

Lina Khatib lectures at the Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she teaches media theory, non-Western cinemas and international television. 

Alessandra Lopez y Royo
Research Associate
Alessandra Lopez y Royo

Alessandra specialises in the study of dance performance and media, especially photography. She has done extensive research in Indonesia and also in India. She has to her credit numerous publications.


Fernando Resende
Visiting Research Scholar
Fernando Resende

Study of narratives of conflicts and diasporic movements; theory and philosophy of communication; journalism; culture; comparative media and documentary studies; critical cultural studies and the impact of geopolitical discursive relations (narratives and conflicts) on the imaged geographies of East/West and, in particular, the imagination of Palestine and Africa by Brazil and England (XIX and XX).

Patria Roman-Velazquez
Research Associate
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Tarik Sabry
Research Associate
Tarik Sabry
Massoumeh Torfeh
Research Associate
Massoumeh Torfeh

Massoumeh Torfeh, has been appointed UN Director of Strategic Communication and Spokesperson for Afghanistan and is a former senior producer in BBC World Service, specializes on the politics and media of Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia.


Associate Members

Gilbert Achcar
Associate Member
Gilbert Achcar

Political economy and sociology of globalisation; global power structure and grand strategy; empire theory and US hegemony; politics and development of the Middle East and North Africa; sociology of religion; Islam and Islamic Fundamentalism; social change and social theory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4557
  • Email: ga3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 292b
  • Office Hours: Monday 1-3pm in Term 1; Monday 2-4pm in Term 2
Stephen Chan, OBE
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Stephan Chan

Politics of southern Africa, normative values and non-Western methodologies

  • Tel: 020 7898 4655
  • Email: sc5@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 253
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 2-4

Lindiwe Dovey
Lindiwe Dovey

African film and video (particularly their intersection); filmic mediations of African performance arts (music, dance, theatre); literary adaptation in Africa; contemporary film theory and 'World Cinema'; exile/immigration and violence in relation to African screen media; structures of film production, distribution, and exhibition in Africa; use of African languages in film

  • Tel: 020 7898 4388
  • Email: ld18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 404
  • On Sabbatical:2013-2014
Narguess Farzad
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Narguess Farzad Persian language and literature. Organiser of SOAS-Cambridge Undergraduate workshops
  • Tel: 020 7898 4346
  • Email: nf1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 440
  • Office Hours: Mondays 1.30-2.30pm/Thursdays 1-2pm

Sian Hawthorne
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Sian Hawthorne

Narrativity; Cultural Memory; Religion and Gender; Feminist Historiography; Postcolonial theory; Postsecularism and gender; Intellectual history in the study of religions.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4215
  • Email: sh79@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 337
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 10am-12pm (during term time)
Michel Hockx
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Michel Hockx

Stephen P Hughes
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Stephen Hughes India, especially the Tamil-speaking south, and Sri Lanka: popular cinema, media theory, historical anthropology and visual anthropology
  • Tel: 020 7898 4070
  • Email: sh37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 558
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 9-11am
Griseldis Kirsch
Griseldis Kirsch

Contemporary Japanese culture, with particular interest in Japanese media and popular culture, representations of 'Otherness', social phenomena and war memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4288
  • Email: gk10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 377
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-1pm and by appointment

Kevin Latham
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Kevin Latham China: Hong Kong and Guangdong Province (PRC) Chinese media, newspapers, television, journalism, popular culture, Internet and telecommunications, theatre, anthropological knowledge, practice and performance
  • Tel: 020 7898 4423
  • Email: kl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 565
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15 Term 1
Dolores P Martinez
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Dolores Martinez Japan, maritime anthropology, religion, gender, anthropology of tourism, mass media, local and global film traditions

Nima Mina
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Staff Silhouette Classical and Modern Persian literature, Orientalism in 18th-20th century Europe, Middle Eastern minority writers in Europe, Diaspora studies, music performance, translation studies
  • Tel: 020 7898 4315
  • Email: nm46@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 422
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 13:00-15:00 / Weds 11:00-13:00
Dan Plesch
Associate Member
Dan Plesch

Applied International Relations, weapons of mass destruction, diplomacy, globalisation and corporate accountability, globalisation and democracy, globalisation and energy, the role of international non-governmental organisations, the United Nations and the Nazis.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4841
  • Email: dp27@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 4432
  • Office Hours: By appointment

Parvathi Raman
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Parvathi Raman The Indian Community in South Africa; Politics and identity in South Africa; African and Asian Communities in Britain; Political and cultural issues in Diaspora Studies; Historical anthropology; Philosophical issues in anthropology.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4434
  • Email: pr1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 571
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-1pm or by Appointment
Marie Rodet
Associate Member
Marie Rodet

Modern West African history, especially social and gender history of Western Mali, history of West African slavery and emancipation.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4606
  • Email: mr28@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 309
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15

Sallehuddin bin Abdullah Sani
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Sallehuddin Abdullah Sani

Indonesian language

  • Tel: 020 7898 4256
  • Email: sa38@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 450
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 12:00-13:00/Thursdays 12:00-13:00
Subir Sinha
Associate Member
Subir Sinha South Asia: institutions of development, NGOs, social movements; the environment, common property institutions and resource use
  • Tel: 020 7898 4495
  • Email: ss61@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 287
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 12-2pm

Charles R H Tripp
Associate Member
Charles Tripp

Middle East: states and ideologies, war, Islamic political thought

  • Tel: 020 7898 4748
  • Email: ct2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 214
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10- 12
Justin Watkins
Justin Watkins

Burmese language and literature; Mon-Khmer and Tibeto-Burman languages; phonetics and speech acoustics; computer lexicography; sign languages in South East Asia

  • Tel: 020 7898 4254
  • Email: jw2@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 462
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11.30am-12.30/Fridays 11.30am-12.30

Lynn Welchman
Associate Member
Staff Silhouette Islamic law; law of the Middle East and North Africa, especially comparative family law; human rights; gender and law, Palestine and the law
  • Tel: 020 7898 4672
  • Email: lw10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 229
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 10:15-12:15
Cosimo Zene
Associate Member
Cosimo Zene

Anthropology of religion, theory in the study of religions, continental philosophy, Gramsci and religion, intercultural and inter-religious dialogue, minorities (Dalits), mysticism and heresy, non-Western Christianities, Mediterranean anthropology; South-Asia (India, Bangladesh), Sardinia.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4783
  • Email: zc@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 340
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15

Emeritus Professors

Mark Hobart
Associate Member, Centre for Media and Film Studies
Emeritus Professor
Mark Hobart: Centre for Media and Film Studies

South East Asia, Indonesia, Bali: cultural and media studies; philosophical issues and eurocentrism in the human sciences; media and performance.