About Us

The Diaspora Screen Media Network (DSMN) aims to explore the exciting developments taking place in Black British and British Asian Cinema and TV brought about by new media and the internet.

The network will bring together creative practitioners, cultural hubs, educators, students and members of the public to create new conversations about the innovative changes in the ways that media is produced, disseminated and consumed.

Please see an outline of what the DSMN Is about


Professor Janet Wilson

Janet Wilson is Professor of English and Postcolonial Writing at the University of Northampton.  She has taught and published widely on Australian and New Zealand/Aotearoa diaspora and postcolonial writing and cinema, and recently coedited the Routledge Diaspora Studies Reader (2017). She has also written on British Asian fiction, Asian Australian diaspora writing,  and supervised doctoral dissertations that cover contemporary British Asian cinema.

Janet is Principal Investigator of the Diaspora Screen Media Network,   founder and coeditor of the Routledge Journal of Postcolonial Writing and series editor of Studies in World Literature (Ibidem Verlag).

Dr Meriem R. Lamara

Meriem Rayen Lamara has recently earned her PhD in English Literature, specializing in Gothic Studies and Young Adult Literature at the University of Northampton. She holds a Master’s degree in African, British, and American Cultural and Literary Studies from the University of Constantine, Algeria. Her research focuses primarily on the supernatural Gothic, folklore, and mythology in Young Adult literature. Her adjacent research interests include cultural representation and diversity, Islamic mythology, and North African literature and folklore. Meriem is the Web Administrator for The Diaspora Screen Media Network.

Professor Rajinder Dudrah

Rajinder is Professor of Cultural Studies and Creative Industries at Birmingham City University. He has taught, researched and published widely across Black British and British Asian media and representations, and is the founding Co-Editor of the scholarly journal, South Asian Popular Culture (Routledge). Rajinder is Co-Investigator for the Diaspora Screen Media Network.

Dr David Simmons

David is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Screen Studies at The University of Northampton. His research interests include Transmedia, Adaptation and Horror. He runs a monthly cult film night at the Northampton Film House and regularly gives talks at the cinema. He is Research Co-ordinator for The Diaspora Screen Media Network.

Ian Sergeant

Ian Sergeant was a founder member of Black Pyramid Film and Video Project, Bristol. Created in 1993, Black Pyramid emerged due to the underrepresentation of Black and ethnic minority film makers and product in the South West region.

He has an MA in Contemporary Curatorial Practice and is currently a Midlands 3 Cities AHRC funded PhD research student at Birmingham City University, his practice-based research title is Visual Representations and Cultural (Re) Constructions of Black British Masculinities in 21st Century Birmingham, which aims to interrogate notions of masculinities, identities, gender, race, and representation.

Network Members

Keisha Bruce

Keisha Bruce is a PhD student in Black Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests include Black popular culture, Black Feminism, Black identity formation, and digital media. Her PhD research illustrates how digital diasporic blackness is constructed, performed, negotiated, and policed by Black women on the Internet. Outside of her thesis, she is involved in a variety of projects that relate to racial and gender inequalities, social justice, Black studies in Britain, and Black archives. She is currently working on an oral history project at Nottingham Black Archives, and is co-founder of Anticipating Black Futures, a teaching and learning project that centres the development of a Black studies network for PhDs and ECRs. Keisha tweets at: @keishastweets.

Keisha‘s PhD is funded by the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership 2018-2021.

Email: keisha.bruce@nottingham.ac.uk

Patricia Francis

Patricia Francis is a filmmaker, producer and director with a background in radio and television broadcasting. She is also an independent filmmaker; Many Rivers To Cross describes the legacy of empire on African-Caribbean immigrants arriving in Britain in the 1950s and 1960s, and Making Waves explores the social, political and economic impact on individuals growing up Black in Britain.

Patricia’s PhD research interests include feminist studies, Black socio-political issues and the silencing of women’s voices. Her thesis investigates the impact social activism has on women’s lives and explores how insurgency in women fosters courage and transformation. It analyses how women’s activism extends beyond their cause and into their individual lives.

Patricia has a keen interest in social justice and is currently involved in broadcasts that raise awareness of social issues. Her films can be seen here –https://www.youtube.com/user/SyncopateTV/videos

Twitter: @Syncopate_Media

Patricia’s PhD is funded by Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.

Email: patricia.francis2017@my.ntu.ac.uk


Rahul K. Gairola

Rahul K Gairola, PhD (University of Washington, Seattle) is The Krishna Somers Lecturer in English & Postcolonial Literature and a Fellow of the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia. He is an author and/or co-editor of five books: Memory, Trauma, Asia: Oriental Affect in Contemporary Culture and Literature (Routledge, 2020), South Asian Digital Humanities: Postcolonial Mediations across Technology’s Cultural Canon (Routledge, 2020), Migration, Gender and Home Economics in Rural North India (Routledge, 2019), Homelandings: Postcolonial Diasporas and Transatlantic Belonging (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2016), and Revisiting India’s Partition: New Essays on Memory, Culture, and Politics (Orient Blackswan, 2016). He has published widely on literary and cultural studies, diaspora and postcolonial studies, race and ethnicity studies, the digital humanities, comparative Asian studies, and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. He has held grants and fellowships at the University of Washington, The School of Criticism & Theory at Cornell University, Humboldt University of Berlin, The MacMillan Center at Yale University, the German Academic Exchange (DAAD) at Leipzig University, and the University of Cambridge, where he served as the Washington Fellow at Pembroke College in 2003-2004. In addition to teaching in Western Australia, he has taught at the Indian Institute of Technology in Roorkee, India, and many American institutions including The City University of New York, the University of Maryland at Baltimore County, and Seattle University. 


Nabeel Zuberi

Nabeel Zuberi is Associate Professor in Media and Communication at the University of Auckland. He has written extensively on South Asian and African diasporas in popular music media and cultures in the UK and USA, nationalisms and race in the history and heritage of music, and technology and music. His publications include Black Popular Music in Britain since 1945 (co-edited with Jon Stratton, Ashgate/Routledge 2014), Media Studies in Aotearoa / New Zealand 2 (co-edited with Luke Goode, Pearson 2010) and Sounds English: Transnational Popular Music (University of Illinois Press, 2001). He is currently writing a book on music, race and media since 9/11 to be published by Bloomsbury. His research interests also include music in the lives of British Asians in the West Midlands during the 1970s. Nabeel was editor-in-chief of Popular Communication: the International Journal of Media and Culture (2013-2016) and now serves on its editorial advisory board, as well as those of @IASPM journal (International Association of Popular Music), Communication, Culture & Critique, CIPHER: The International Council for Hip Hop Studies, Journal of Working-Class Studies, Norient: Network for Local and Global Sounds and Media Culture, and Screen Sound: The Australasian Journal of Soundtrack Studies. Nabeel has also been co-presenter of The Basement, a weekly music show on BASE FM Auckland, since 2004.

Dr. Preet Hiradhar

Dr. Preet Hiradhar is an Assistant Professor at the Department of English and a Fellow at the Centre for Social Policy and Social Change at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. With a background in technology and language learning she researches technology-mediated discourses in linguistic, literary, and cultural texts. Her co-authored book Critical Reading and Writing in the Digital Age (Routledge, 2016) explores power relations and discourses that operate in contemporary English language texts across a wide range of online and offline genres. She is currently working on a monograph based on her recent research on multimodal representations and cultural identities of South Asian diasporas in digital environments.

AHRC Project


Our expanding network includes partners in the East and West Midlands working in the media industries.