I joined Birmingham City University in 2016 and was previously Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Manchester, where I held senior roles as Director of Centre for Screen Studies and Head of Department of Drama (2007-2010).
In addition to publishing academic research as books, refereed journal articles and book chapters, I have also co-curated a number of arts and media exhibitions around film and popular music.
My latest exhibition, co-curated with Punch Records from Birmingham, is entitled ‘Slanguages: Languages in the Creative Economy’. The exhibition explores the role of different languages in the work of three artists across rap and grime, deaf comedy and urban sign languages, and Nigerian pidgin and Jazz percussion music. Between 24th October–12th December 2017, you can catch the “Slanguages” exhibition at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.
My research interests span across film, media, cultural studies, and creative industries including:
- Bollywood cinema;
- Black British representation;
- popular music;
- diasporic and transnational media;
- television studies;
- cultural theory and qualitative methods as applied to popular culture.