SOAS University of London

Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies

Centre Members


Dr Somnath Batabyal
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.

Dr Lindiwe Dovey
Chair & Reader in Screen Arts and Industries
Dovey, Lindiwe - SOA IMG

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: +44 (0)20 7898 4388
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  • Room: 404
  • Academic Support Hours: Email for an appointment

Professor Rachel Dwyer
Rachel Dwyer

Hindi Cinema; Indian popular culture; Indian film; Hinduism; new middle classes; Mumbai/Bombay

  • Tel: 020 7898 4294
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  • Room: 457
  • Academic Support Hours: 2019/20: on leave in Term 2
Dr Rossella Ferrari
Rossella Ferrari
Chinese-language theatres; Sinophone performance cultures, trans-Asian performance networks, Chinese-language cinemas, transnational Asian cultures, intercultural theatre, theories and practices of the avant-garde.
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4047
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  • Room: 399a
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 11am-12noon (book online, see biography)

Professor Andrew Gerstle
Drew Gerstle
Japanese literature, drama and thought, primarily of the Tokugawa period, with particular interest in Bunraku and Kabuki theatre and the plays of Chikamatsu
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4207
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  • Room: 390
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 1-2pm / Email for an appointment

Dr Christopher Gerteis
Christopher Gerteis

Modern and Contemporary Japanese history. Social and cultural history of the 20th century, especially the intersection of consumer capitalism and historical memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4093
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  • Room: 378
  • Academic Support Hours: On leave 2019-2024
Dr Marlé Hammond
Marle Hammond

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture.  

  • Tel: 020 7898 4518
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  • Room: 438
  • Academic Support Hours: Monday 2-3pm, Thursday 11am-12pm

Professor Rachel V Harrison
Rachel Harrison 2018
Modern Thai Cultural Studies, Cinema and Literature; gender studies with reference to Thailand; literary criticism and South East Asian Literatures in a comparative context; Western film set in South East Asia
  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4247
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  • Room: 455
  • Academic Support Hours: On Research Leave in Term 2
Dr Stephen P Hughes
Stephen Hughes
India, especially the Tamil-speaking south, and Sri Lanka: popular cinema, media theory, historical anthropology and visual anthropology
  • Tel: 020 7898 4070
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  • Room: 558
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11.00-13.00

Dr Jaeho Kang
Jaeho Kang

Critical Theory; Media Theory; Aesthetics; Art, Technology and Politics; Media Spectacle and Urban Space in East Asian Cities; Screen Culture and Media Art in Korea; Mega-Events in the Global South

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4585
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  • Room: 510
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 5-6 pm & Thursdays 5-6 pm
Dr 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
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  • Room: 377
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays 12noon-1pm & Fridays 11am-12noon

Dr Kevin Latham
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: +44 (0)20 7898 4423
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  • Room: 565
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesdays 14.00 to 16.00
Dr Angus Lockyer
Angus Lockyer
Modernisation and modernity in Japan; world’s fairs, international and industrial exhibitions
  • Tel: 020 7898 4626
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  • Room: 318
  • Academic Support Hours: Bookable at and by apptmt.

Dr Xiaoning Lu
Xiaoning Lu

Chinese film history and criticism; modern Chinese popular culture; visual culture and media technology; cultural governance; socialist modernity

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4670
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  • Room: 453
  • Academic Support Hours: Not teaching 2018/19
Dr Dina Matar
Dina Matar: Centre for Media and Film Studies

Middle East, especially Palestine, Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, international political communication; media and conflict; critical global media studies; activism and media; social movements; memory studies and oral history; diasporas and ethnic minorities.

  • Tel: +44 (0)207 898 4696
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  • Room: 575
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 1-3pm

Dr Caspar Melville
Lecturer in Global Creative and Cultural Industries
Caspar Melville

Specialist interest in popular music, the music industry, music of the Black Atlantic, Afro-diasporic music scenes and London music scenes.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4249
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  • Room: B302
  • Academic Support Hours: by appointment (email)
Dr Ben Murtagh
Ben Murtagh
Modern Indonesian cinema and literature; queer studies and sexuality in Indonesia; representation of genders and sexuality in Southeast Asian film and literatures; traditional Malay literature
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4248
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  • Room: 466
  • Academic Support Hours: Tuesday 9-10am

Professor Wen-chin Ouyang
Wen-chin Ouyang
Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4348
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  • Room: 435
  • Academic Support Hours: On Research Leave 2018/19
Dr John Parker
John Parker
Early modern and modern West African history, especially social and political history of Ghana
  • Tel: 020 7898 4635
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  • Room: 305
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 10am-12pm

Dr Marie Rodet
Marie Rodet

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

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4606
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  • Room: 309
  • Academic Support Hours: On Leave 2018-2019
  • On Sabbatical:2018-2019
Dr Tania Tribe
Tania Tribe
Painting in Africa and the Americas; theory of art with special reference to Northeastern Africa
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
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  • Room: B406
  • Academic Support Hours: Mondays 5-7pm (17:00-19:00)

Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

Iranian cinema; popular cultures in the Middle East and North Africa; Third Cinema; transcultural media, especially film; film theory; visual anthropology.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4422
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  • Room: 587
  • Academic Support Hours: By email appointment

Research Associates

Dr Joanna Lipper
Research Associate
Joanna Lipper

Using Film for Social Change; Transnational Feminist Filmmaking; Sickle Cell Disease in Nigeria; Sexual and Reproductive Health in Nigeria; Theory and Creative Practice of Making Documentary and Narrative Feature Films in Nigeria.

Dr Hyun Seon Lee
Research Associate
Dr Hyunseon Lee

Film, Media and Literature – currently focusing on Korean Film and Media: The Cold War culture, media and gender (Korea/Germany), shamanism in visual media,  Korean cinema and history

PhD representatives