Rajinder Dudrah

Professor of Cultural Studies & Creative Industries

Birmingham School of Media
0121 331 7280

Rajinder joined Birmingham City University in 2016 and was previously Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Manchester, where he held senior roles as Director of Centre for Screen Studies and Head of Dept of Drama (2007-2010).

His undergraduate degree was in Cultural Studies at the University of Portsmouth (with specialisms in film and media studies, literature and cultural theory), followed by a PhD at the Dept. of Cultural Studies and Sociology, University of Birmingham. Before a Lectureship in Screen Studies at Manchester Rajinder was Research Fellow in Sociology at the University of Portsmouth. He also gained a PGCHE from the University of Portsmouth.

Rajinder's academic interests are in the areas of film, media, cultural studies, and creative industries including: Bollywood cinema, Black British representation, popular music, diasporic and transnational media, television studies, and in cultural theory and qualitative research methods as applied to popular culture and creative industries research.

Rajinder has taught across the range of core undergraduate and postgraduate courses concerned with screen theory and aesthetics, screen methods, and screen texts and audiences.He particularly draws on interdisciplinary approaches from Film and Media Studies, Cultural Studies, and Sociology to think about the development of screen theory and how best to analyse the relationship between screen industries, texts and audiences.

His doctorate work was a combined extended qualitative interview and textual analysis of the popular cultural texts of British Bhangra music, Bollywood films, and the non-terrestrial Zee TV channel as they are used by British Asian audiences in processes of social identity formation.

Rajinder is also one of the founders and co-editors of the internationally peer reviewed journal South Asian Popular Culture with Routledge publishers.

Current Activity

Rajinder is Professor of Cultural Studies and Creative Industries, based in the School of Media in the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media. This is a cross faculty research professorship where he is leading the University's growing group of creative industries researchers, coordinating the University's efforts to consolidate its reputation in this area, and working with the Institute for Creative Innovation to establish our expertise in the field. He is also working to help develop researchers across the faculty and is one of the University's Midlands3Cities AHRC Doctoral College Site Directors.

Areas of Expertise
  • Film, Media and Cultural Studies
  • Creative Industries
  • Bollywood Cinema
  • Black British Representations
  • TV Studies
  • Diaspora and Globalisation
  • Popular Culture and Cultural Theory

BA (Hons) Cultural Studies; PhD Cultural Studies; PgCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.


Executive Committee of the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies (http://baftss.org/)

AHRC Peer Review College Member: Academic and International panels

AHRC Strategic Reviewers Group Member


Rajinder is part of a major £3.9million AHRC-funded consortia project entitled ‘Creative Multilingualism’. This is a 4 year project as part of the AHRCs Open World Research Initiative (OWRI) which begain in July 2016, and is being led by the University of Oxford (PI). Our other university consortia partners include Cambridge, Pittsburgh, Reading and SOAS, in addition to numerous cultural partners. He is leading the research strand on Languages in the Creative Economy.

Postgraduate Supervision

Rajinder has supervised to successful completion as primary and co-supervisor over a dozen PhDs across film, media and cultural studies and is happy to supervise students in the areas related to his research interests. 

PhD topics have included: Ideology and Contemporary Science-Fiction Cinema; The Sexual, National and Racial Other in Hollywood Horror; The Aesthetics of the Emotions in the Popular Cinemas of India and Italy; Male Anger in Contemporary Hollywood Cinema; New Paradigms for Researching Theatre Audiences at the Contact Theatre, Manchester; Contemporary Bangladeshi Cinema: Challenges in a Digital Media Age; Independent Indian Cinema; The Representation of Caucasian Women in Bollywood Cinema; Islamic Feminism and Media Arts Practice; and MPhil supervision on Queer South Asian Visual Cultures across the Brown Atlantic.




  • Dudrah, R. (2015). Unthinking SRK and Global Bollywood. In Dudrah, R. (Ed.), Mader, E. (Ed.), & Fuchs, B. (Ed.) Shah Rukh Khan and Global Bollywood (pp. 3-24). New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Dudrah, R. (2015). Reading 'The Stuart Hall Project'. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 12(3), 383-401.
  • Dudrah, R., Mader, E., & Fuchs, B. (2015). Introduction: Stardom and Globalized Polysemy. In SRK and Global Bollywood. (pp. xi-xxxviii). New Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Dudrah, R. (2015). Representing Heterosexual Romance, Whiteness and Place in the film 'Notting Hill'. Media Education Journal, (57), 3-9.


  • Dudrah, R., Thangaraj, S., & Burdsey, D. eds. (2014). Sport and South Asian Diasporas: Playing Through Time and Space. London: Routledge.
  •  Dudrah, R. (2014). ‘The Retro Noughties: 1970s Hindi Films in 2000s Bollywood Cinema’. In Dudrah, R., & Joshi, P. eds. The 1970s and its Legacies in India's Cinemas. (pp. 101-119). England, UK: Routledge.


  • Dudrah, R., Huq, R., Abbas, T. (2013). Citizen Khan or citizen can't? Dossier on BBCTV SitCom Citizen Khan. South Asian Popular Culture, 11(1), 75-102.


  • Dudrah, R. (2012). Bollywood Travels: Culture, Diaspora and Border Crossings in Popular Hindi Cinema. (Contemporary South Asia Series). London: Routledge.
  • Dudrah, R., Gopal, S., Rai, A., & Basu, A. eds. (2012). InterMedia in South Asia: The Fourth Screen. London: Routledge.


  • Dudrah, R. (2011). British Bhangra Music as Soundscapes of the Midlands. Midland History, 36(2), 278-291.
  • Dudrah, R. (2011). Beyond World Cinema? The Dialectics of Black British Diasporic Cinema. In Dudrah, R. (Ed.), Nagib, L. (Ed.), & Perriam, C. (Ed Theorising World Cinema. (pp. 113-128). London: IB Tauris.
  • Dudrah, R., Nagib, L., & Perriam, C. (2011). Introduction: Theorising World Cinema. In Theorising World Cinema. (pp. xvii-xxxii). London: IB Tauris.
  • Dudrah, R., & Dickey, S. (Ed.) (2011). South Asian Cinemas: Widening the Lens. (Contemporary South Asia). London: Routledge.
  •  Dudrah, R., & Dick, M. (2011). Ethnic Community Histories in the Midlands. Midland History, 36(2), 143-148.


  • Dudrah, R. (2010). Haptic Urban Ethnoscapes: Representation, Diasporic Media & Urban Cultural Landscapes. Journal of Media Practice, 11(1), 31-46.
  • Dudrah, R. (2010). The Media and British Asian Fashion. In Breward, C. (Ed.), Crang, P. (Ed.), & Crill, R. (Ed.) British Asian Style: Fashion and Textiles Past and Present. (pp. 136-145). Hong Kong: Victoria and Albert Museum Publishing.
  • Dudrah, R., & Desai, J. (Ed.) (2008). The Bollywood Reader. Berkshire & New York: Open University Press.


  • Dudrah, R. (2008). Queer as Desis: Secret Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Bollywood Films in Diasporic Urban Ethnoscapes. In Gopal, S. (Ed.), & Moorti, S. (Ed.) Global Bollywood. Travels of Hindi Song and Dance. (pp. 288-307). Minneapolis, USA: University of Minnesota Press.
  • Dudrah, R. (2008). Bollywood Stills Exhibition. Co-curated with Punch Records and Kranti Media.
  • Dudrah, R., (2008). Borders and Border Crossings in Main Hoon Na and Veer Zaara. In Bharat, M. (Ed.), & Kumar, N. (Ed.) Filming the Line of Control: The Indo-Pak Relationship through the Cinematic Lens. (pp. 40-55). New Delhi and London: Routledge.


  • Dudrah, R. (2007). Soho Road to the Punjab Bhangra Exhibition with Punch Records, Birmingham.
  • Dudrah, R. (2007). Celebrating Indian Cinema Exhibtion, co-curated with the National Media Museum, Bradford.
  • Dudrah, R. (2007). Bhangra: Birmingham and Beyond. Birmingham: Birmingham City Council.


  • Dudrah, R. (2006). Bollywood: Sociology Goes to the Movies. London and New Delhi: Sage Publications.
  • Dudrah, R. (2006). Singing for India: Songs and Music in the Bollywood Film. In Films Musical Moments. Edinburgh: Flicks Books.


  • Dudrah, R. (2005). Zee TV: Diasporic Non-terrestrial Television in Europe.South Asian Popular Culture, 3, 33-47.
  •  Dudrah, R., Desai, J., & Rai, A. (2005). Bollywood Audiences. South Asian Popular Culture, 3(2), 79-82.


  • Dudrah, R. (2004). Diasporicity in the City of Portsmouth (UK): Local and global connections of Black Britishness. Sociological Research Online, 9(2).


  • Dudrah, R. (2002). British Bhangra Music and the Battle of Brit Pop - South Asian Cultural Identity and Cultural Politics in Urban Britain. Migration: A European Journal of International Migration and Ethnic Relations,39/40/41.
  • Dudrah, R. K. (2002). Vilayati Bollywood: Popular Hindi cinema-going and diasporic South Asian identity in Birmingham (UK). Javnost, 9(1), 19-36.
  • Dudrah, R. K. (2002). Zee TV-Europe and the construction of a pan-European South Asian identity. Contemporary South Asia, 11(2), 163-181.
  • Dudrah, R. (2002). Cultural Production in the British Bhangra Music Industry: Music-Making, Locality, and Gender. International Journal of Punjab Studies, 9.
  • Dudrah, R. (2002). Birmingham (UK): Constructing City Spaces through Black Popular Cultures and the Black Public Sphere. CITY: Analysis of urban trends, culture, theory, policy, action, 6, 335-350.
  • Dudrah, R. (2002). Drum 'n' dhol: British bhangra music and diasporic South Asian identity formation. European Journal of Cultural Studies5(3).
Work With Industry

Rajinder is working with colleagues at BCU and across the cultural and creative industry sectors in Birmingham and beyond to help realise the University's plans for its STEAMHouse project.

Rajinder was invited as co-curator for a national exhibition on Bollywood Cinema which was funded by the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) at the National Media Museum, Bradford, during the IIFA Awards, May - June 2007 across Yorkshire.

He has been a script reader and adviser for Maverick Television (Birmingham) on their Crossovers project which mentored 6 British feature film scriptwriters with their work. Rajinder has also researched and written with Dr Malcolm Dick (University of Birmingham) entries on the social history of Handsworth's (Birmingham) post-war development for Birmingham City Council's on-line Digital Handsworth project, project website:www.digitalhandsworth.org.uk