Dr Asya Draganova is a Lecturer in Media and Popular Music Culture and a researcher co-leading the Popular Music Research Cluster based at the Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research. Asya is the Course Director for MA Media and Cultural Studies and teaches across all MA programmes at the School of Media within the Birmingham Institute of Media and English. She is an integral part of the pedagogical team leading the BA (Hons) Music Industries. Asya is also the school academic lead for Erasmus+ and Study Abroad student exchanges.
Asya’s research interests include contemporary East European subcultural scenes, popular music heritage, and the relationships of identity, place, and myth in popular music culture in styles such as heavy metal and the Canterbury Sound. She engages actively in publishing research and is the author of the monograph Popular Music in Contemporary Bulgaria: At the Crossroads (2019). Asya works with multiple peer-reviewed journals and is part of the editorial team for Riffs and a member of the advisory board for Metal Music Studies. She also writes new music reviews for The Arts Desk and the I newspaper. Asya draws inspiration for her work from her related artistic explorations as a guitar player, singer, poet and painter.