CCSR Committee

Andrew Branch lectures in the School of Arts and Digital Industries at the University of East London. His research interests centre on the politics of popular culture and the formation of classed identities and how the two are interconnected. He is particularly interested in making sense of how people use music and fashion as a way of mapping their desires. In this respect he is indebted to the legacy of Pierre Bourdieu’s sociology. His recent publications have focused on the links between the accumulation of educational, social and cultural capitals and the consumption of popular music. Andrew is currently working on a project dedicated to exploring how the middle classes use social space and extract legitimated value from it.

FayBrauerFay (Fae) Brauer is Professor of Art and Visual Culture within the School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI) at UEL. She is also Associate Professor in Art History and Cultural Theory at The University of New South Wales College of Fine Arts. Her books include Rivals and Conspirators: The Paris Salons and the Modern Art Centre; Picturing Evolution and Extinction: Degeneration and Regeneration in Modern Visual Culture; The Art of Evolution: Darwin, Darwinisms and Visual Culture and Art, Sex and Eugenics: Corpus Delecti. She has over twenty book chapter essays and journal articles on subjects ranging from Marcel Duchamps’s sexualities to “The Fetishization of Innocence”.

Mark-FisherMark Fisher is author of Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative? (Zero Books), Ghosts of My Life: Writings on Depression, Hauntology and Lost Futures (Zero Books), and the celebrated K-punk blog. He is also the editor of The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson (Zero) and has contributed regular pieces for Freize, the Guardian, Sight and Sound, and the Wire. Mark’s critical practice includes a collaboration with Justin Barton, On Vanishing Land, which played at the Showroom February-April 2013. He teaches at the University of East London and Goldsmiths College.
Jeremy Gilbert photoJeremy Gilbert is a Professor in Cultural Studies at UEL and has written widely on music, politics and cultural theory. He is editor of the leading cultural theory journal New Formations and his most recent books are Anticapitalism and Culture: Radical Theory and Popular Politics (Berg 2008) and Common Ground: Democracy and Collectivity in an Age of Individualism (Pluto 2013).
Paul-Gormley1Paul Gormley is Associate Dean (Academic) in the School of Arts & Digital Industries at UEL. His research is concerned with questions of affect and ethnicity in contemporary cinema. He is the author of The New BrutalityFilm: Race and Affect in Contemporary American Cinema (Intellect, 2005) and he has published articles on similar material including ‘The Affective City: Urban Black Bodies and Milieu in Menace II Society and Pulp Fiction’ in Mark Shiel & Tony Fitzmaurice (eds), Screening the City (Verso, 2003) and ‘Trashing Whiteness: Pulp Fiction, Seven, Strange Days and Articulating Affect’ in John Beasley-Murray and Alberto Moreiras (eds), Subaltern Affect (special issue of Angelaki: A Theoretical Journal of the Humanities (2001). He is also a regular contributor to darkmatter.
This is a photo of Maggie HummMaggie Humm is a Professor Emeritus in the School of Arts & Digital Industries at the University of East London and was Co-Chair of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research 2008-2010. Her books include Border Traffic, The Dictionary of Feminist Theory (the first edition of which was named ‘outstanding academic book of 1990’ by Choice), the best-selling Modern Feminisms; Feminism and Film; Modernist Women and Visual Cultures: Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell, Photography and Cinema; Snapshots of Bloomsbury: the Private Lives of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell, and The Edinburgh Companion to Virginia Woolf and the Arts, Edinburgh and Columbia University Presses, 2010 (the focus of an Edinburgh International Book Festival talk 2010). She was an editor of the Routledge Encyclopaedia of Women and has been a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Professor at many universities including Massachusetts, San Diego State, Stanford, Rutgers, Queen’s Belfast, and Karachi. She gave the Annual Virginia Woolf Birthday Lecture in 2002 and has given keynote and plenary papers in Brazil, Bulgaria, Egypt, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, the US and elsewhere.
Photo of Roshini KempadooRoshini Kempadoo is a London based Photographer, Media Artist, and Reader in Media Practice at the School of Arts & Digital Industries. She exhibits nationally and internationally and has recently contributed to Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas (2009) 7th Encuentro, Museo de Artes, National University of Colombia, Bogotá; Liminal: A Question of Position (2009) Rivington Place, London; and Art and Emancipation In Jamaica: Isaac Mendes Belisario and His Worlds (2007) Yale Center for British Art, USA. Roshini has contributed writings to a range of journals and publications, including the Journal of Media Practice, Alan Grossman and Aine O’Brien’s Projecting Migration, and the forthcoming Point of Feminism, and has delivered artistic and academic presentations to a variety of international art venues and institutions. In 2010 she made an artist’s contribution to the Friday Event series at Glasgow School of Art, undertook a lecture tour to Canada that included the delivery of the Riddell Lecture 2010 at the University of Regina, and was awarded a Puma Creative Award to contribute to the Global Caribbean(s) conference at the University of Miami. Her artwork and photographs have been published in monographs, journals, photographic books, including in Black Venus 2010: They Called Her ‘Hottentot‘, and The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age. Roshini was recently appointed to the AHRC Peer Review College (2010-2014). For more information:
Tim Lawrence photoTim Lawrence is a Professor in Cultural Studies in UEL’s School of Arts and Digital Industries, where he teaches music. He is the author of Love Saves the Day: A History of American Dance Music Culture, 1970-79 (Duke University Press, 2003, translated into Italian and Japanese) and Hold On to Your Dreams: Arthur Russell and the Downtown Music Scene, 1973-92 (Duke University Press, 2009, translated into Italian and Japanese; French forthcoming). He has contributed articles to numerous journals, magazines and newspapers, including Attitude, Cultural Studies, the Dance Research Journal, De:Bug, i-D, the Journal of Popular Music Studies, the Journal of the Society of Popular Music, Liberazione, Loops, New Formations, Social Text, Third Text, Vibe, the Village Voice, the Wire and Yeti, and has also written liner notes for albums released by BBE, Soul Jazz, Strut and others. In 2008-9 he was the recipient of an AHRC Research Leave award to research and write his third book, Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor: A History, 1980-84, due to be published by Duke University Press in 2012/13. He also worked on the Cultural Studies Now conference, staged at UEL in 2008, is a founding member of CCSR, and is also a founding member of Lucky Cloud Sound System, which has been putting on parties with David Mancuso in London since 2003.For more information:
Stephen Maddison photoStephen Maddison is Head of Humanities & Creative Industries at the University of East London. He is the author of Fags, Hags and Queer Sisters: Gender Dissent and Heterosocial Bonds in Gay Culture (Macmillan & St. Martin’s Press, 2000), and has published work on the cultural politics of sexuality in a number of journals and edited collections. He has published essays on pornography in New Formations and Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, and in three new collections, Mainstreaming Sex: The Sexualisation of Culture (IB Tauris), Online Pornography (Peter Lang), and Hard to Swallow (Wallflower) and is working on a monograph entitled The Myth of Porn. He co-runs the website
Mica Nava photoMica Nava is Professor Emeritus in the School of Arts & Digital Industries at UEL and was co-director of CCSR 2008-10. She was chair of the organising committee of the international conference ‘Cultural Studies Now’ held at UEL in 2007 and a member of RAE 2008 Sub-panel 66 Communication, Cultural and Media Studies. Her publications include Gender and Generation (1984); Changing Cultures: Feminism, Youth and Consumerism (1992); Modern Times: Reflections on a Century of English Modernity (1996); Buy This Book: Studies in Advertising and Consumption (1997) and Visceral Cosmopolitanism: Gender, Culture and the Normalisation of Difference (2007).  Since the 1980s her work has been widely cited and reprinted. She has been invited to give keynote conference papers and/or special lectures on her research in Australia, Austria, Bulgaria, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Holland, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, and the US as well as at universities and other venues throughout Britain.  Her current research is on the impact of European thinking on race relations research in Britain during the 1950s and 1960s.
Photo of Ashwani SharmaAshwani Sharma is a Principal Lecturer in Media and Cultural studies in the School of Arts & Digital Industries and co-director of CCSR. He is programme leader for MA Global Media and MA Media Studies as well as an associate of the Centre for Urban and Community Research at Goldsmiths College, University of London, and has previously been director for the Centre for New Ethnicities Research at UEL. Ashwani is co-editor of Disorienting Rhythms: The Politics of New Asian Dance Music, (Zed, 1996) and has recently been researching and publishing in the areas of race theory, media post 9/11 and postcolonial racism; film, television and globalization; visual culture and digital memory. He is founder and co-editor of the online journal darkmatter( and has edited special issues for the journal on race, Celebrity Big Brother and The Wire. He is presently editing a special issue on race for the International Journal of Zizek Studies. He co-established and coordinated the race network for the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association and has been on its executive committee. He was on the management board of the East London cultural organization Rich Mix and the Association of Black film and video workshops, as well as the editorial board of the Black Media Journal. He is also an advisor to the South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive (Salidaa) ( and was on the East Midlands arts film advisory board. Before entering higher education Ashwani was a filmmaker, worked in the BBC, and qualified as an aeronautical engineer.
Debra Shaw photoDebra Benita Shaw is a Reader in Cultural Theory in the School of Arts & Digital Industries and co-director of CCSR of which she was a founding member. She has been involved in staging three of the centre’s most successful conferences, Cultural Studies Now (2007), Radical Foucault (2011) and Radical Space (2013). She is the author of Women, Science & Fiction: The Frankenstein Inheritance (Palgrave, 2000), Technoculture: The Key Concepts (Berg, 2008) and editor of “Technodeath: Technology, Death and the Cultural Imagination”, a special issue of the journal Science as Culture (2009). As well as her work in the relationship between science and culture, she is interested in ideas of posthumanism, gender and the body and the politics of space. She has been published in New Formations, Parallax, Science as Culture, Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, Signs of Culture and City: analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action. Her next monograph will be Posthuman Urbanism: Mapping Bodies in Contemporary City Space (Rowman & Littlefield, expected 2016). She is also a photographer, specialising in urban subjects and is an avid reader, and occasional critic of, science fiction.


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