SOAS University of London

Centre for Creative Industries, Media and Screen Studies

Centre Members

Core Staff

Professor Lindiwe Dovey
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: By email appointment
Dr Caspar Melville
Co-Chair, Senior 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: 405
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays 11-1

Mr Marcus Gilroy-Ware
Lecturer in Creative Digital Media
Staff Silhouette

Attention economy, misinformation, platforms, digital imperialism, propaganda, surveillance capitalism, political culture, identity, representation.

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  • Room: 401
  • Academic Support Hours: Thursdays, 11-1 (subject to change)

Dr Panpan Yang
Lecturer in the Arts and Visual Cultures of Modern China
Panpan Yang

Arts and visual cultures of China and the Sinophone world; cinematic arts; animation and digital media; art theory; medium and materiality; cultural flows.

  • Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4647
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  • Room: 408
  • Academic Support Hours: Wednesdays, 2-3pm and by email appointment


Dr Somnath Batabyal
Somnath Batabyal

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

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 Marlé Hammond
Marle Hammond

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture.  

  • Tel: 020 7898 4518
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  • Room: 419
  • Academic Support Hours: Wed 11-1 (online); Fri by appointment (on campus)

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: By appointment online
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: Tues 10-11am (on site) / Wed 11am-12 noon (online)

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
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: 381
  • Academic Support Hours: By appointment (xl1)

Professor 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 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: Thursday 3-4 (on campus); Friday 11-12 (online)

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: Wednesday 12-1 or by appointment online

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 Term 1 - 2019-20
Dr Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

His research interests include:

  • Media in the Middle East with particular focus on Iran;
  • Diasporas and transnational media;
  • Islamophobia;
  • Shi’i Islam in the West;
  • Third Cinema;
  • Big data and digital methods.
  • 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