Dr Pawas Bisht is a Lecturer in Media, Communications and Culture and Programme Director for the MA Global Media programmes at Keele University. He is an experienced media researcher and documentary filmmaker and has previously worked for leading institutions in the UK (Loughborough and Leicester) and India (AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia). His research focuses on media and cultural politics in relation to environmental activism, cultural memory, and public mobilisations of documentary storytelling. Pawas is currently leading ‘Storytelling for Environmental Change’, a two-year research project (2021-2023) that mobilises environmental storytelling to tackle the catastrophic challenge of urban air pollution confronting India (funded by the British Academy's Humanities and Social Sciences’ Tackling Global Challenges Programme, supported under the UK Government's Global Challenges Research Fund). His earlier 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, US, and Europe. 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, ‘Memory Archipelago’ (2018), an examination of the politics of Gulag memory on the Solovetsky Islands in Russia’s Far North, and ‘(Not) Acting Our Age’ (2019), examining ageing, theatre and creativity.
Pawas currently convenes the undergraduate module in ‘Documentary Theory & Practice’ and the postgraduate modules in ‘Mediated Communications: Theory & Practice’ and ‘Globalisation, Culture & Media’.
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:
Memory-work in Hybrid Documentary Films: Negotiating Painful Pasts
News Images & the Production of Cultural Memory: Analysing UK Media’s Coverage of the Russia-Ukraine Conflict
The Sustainable Art of Plastic: Practice-based Exploration of the Geographies of Plastic Waste
Examining Moblisations of Islamic Identity on Instagram by Indonesian Female Celebrities
The Algerian War in 21st Century French and Algerian Cinema: Examining Film and Cultural Memory
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