Biography

Dr Pawas Bisht is a Lecturer in Media, Culture & Creative Practice at the School of Humanities, Keele University (UK). In his work as a researcher and documentary filmmaker, he examines the intersections of media, memory and politics at both individual and collective levels. His ethnographic research on social movements and memory-work in relation to the Bhopal Gas Disaster has been published in leading journals including Media, Culture & Society and Contemporary South Asia. His films have been shown on Channel 4 (UK), CNBC and Doordarshan (India’s national public service broadcaster) as well as in art venues in UK & India; they include work commissioned by the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Facility. Recently produced films include 'Back to the Drawing Board' (2017), a portrait of the British designers Pat Albeck and Peter Rice, and Memory Archipelago (2018), an examination of the politics of Gulag memory on the Solovetsky Islands in Russia’s Far North. He is currently working on a film examining ageing and creativity through a focus on the Ages & Stages Theatre Company, an innovative company of older people working in the traditions of documentary theatre, based at the New Vic Theatre, Newcatle-under-Lyme.

Pawas currently convenes the undergraduate module in ‘Documentary Theory & Practice’ and the postgraduate module in ‘Mediated Communications: Theory & Practice’.

Pawas welcomes inquiries from prospective PhD students wanting to undertake research examining: media and cultural memory; social movements and cultural politics; environmental politics and media; Indian media. He also welcomes inquiries for projects involving film practice and arts-based methodologies.

 Current PhD supervision:

 (co-supervised with Dr Liz Poole)

Examining Mobilisations of Islamic Identity on Instagram by Indonesian Female Celebrities

 (co-supervised with Dr Deirdre McKay)

The Sustainable Art of Plastic: Practice-based Exploration of the Geographies of Plastic Waste

Selected Publications

  • Keightley E, Pickering M, Bisht P. Interscalarity and the Memory Spectrum. In Communicating Memory and History. Maurantonio N and Park DW (Eds.). Peter Lang. doi> full text>
  • Bisht P. 2018. Social Movements and the Scaling of Memory and Justice in Bhopal. Contemporary South Asia, vol. 26(1), 18-33. doi> link> full text>
  • Bisht P. 2013. The politics of cosmopolitan memory. MEDIA CULTURE & SOCIETY, vol. 35(1), 13-20. link> doi>
  • Bisht P. Back to The Drawing Board (2017, Documentary Film). Digital Video
  • Bisht P. In Between Old & New, Local & Transnational: Social Movements, Hybrid Media and the Challenges of Making Memories Move (forthcoming). In Social Movements, Cultural Memory and Digital Media: Mobilizing Mediated Remembrance. Merrill S, Daphi P, Keightley E (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan. full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Bisht P. 2018. Social Movements and the Scaling of Memory and Justice in Bhopal. Contemporary South Asia, vol. 26(1), 18-33. doi> link> full text>
  • Bisht P. 2013. The politics of cosmopolitan memory. MEDIA CULTURE & SOCIETY, vol. 35(1), 13-20. link> doi>

Chapters

  • Keightley E, Pickering M, Bisht P. Interscalarity and the Memory Spectrum. In Communicating Memory and History. Maurantonio N and Park DW (Eds.). Peter Lang. doi> full text>
  • Bisht P. In Between Old & New, Local & Transnational: Social Movements, Hybrid Media and the Challenges of Making Memories Move (forthcoming). In Social Movements, Cultural Memory and Digital Media: Mobilizing Mediated Remembrance. Merrill S, Daphi P, Keightley E (Eds.). Palgrave Macmillan. full text>

Other

  • Bisht P. Back to The Drawing Board (2017, Documentary Film). Digital Video
  • Bisht P and Pfoser A. Memory Archipelago (2018, Documentary Film). full text>