About Rajinder Dudrah
I am a Research Professor at the University. I lead on new areas of research and innovation across the Faculty of Arts, Design and Media (ADM), and am developing our existing strengths across media, cultural studies and creative industries research, especially among early and mid-career colleagues. I am also ADMs lead representative for STEAMhouse.
Rajinder Dudrah's background
I joined Birmingham City University in 2016 and was previously Senior Lecturer in Screen Studies at the University of Manchester, where I held senior roles as Director of Centre for Screen Studies and Head of Department of Drama (2007-2010).
In addition to publishing academic research as books, refereed journal articles and book chapters, I have also co-curated a number of arts and media exhibitions around film and popular music.
My latest exhibition, co-curated with Punch Records from Birmingham, is entitled ‘Slanguages: Languages in the Creative Economy’. The exhibition explores the role of different languages in the work of three artists across rap and grime, deaf comedy and urban sign languages, and Nigerian pidgin and Jazz percussion music. Between 24th October–12th December 2017, you can catch the “Slanguages” exhibition at Wolfson College, University of Oxford.
My research interests span across film, media, cultural studies, and creative industries including:
- Bollywood cinema;
- Black British representation;
- popular music;
- diasporic and transnational media;
- television studies;
- cultural theory and qualitative methods as applied to popular culture.
Rajinder Dudrah's role at STEAMHOUSE
STEAMhouse is currently an imaginative possibility that is fast becoming an actual reality through the setting up of the Phase 1 of its development in the Digbeth premises. In my strategic and cross-Faculty role at the University, I work closely with academics across all disciplines and colleagues in Research and Innovation and at STEAMhouse to plan, develop and deliver on STEAM related projects. I have been part of a University visit to the USA to network with STEAM colleagues internationally, and play an ambassadorial role for our STEAMhouse activities and research in the Midlands region and beyond.
Rajinder Dudrah on collaboration
When you get to work with different people, small businesses, and larger organisations to think, do, and create in new and interesting ways; ways that you might not have thought of previously, or were not even aware that the end result might be possible. Collaboration also means going on an intellectual and interdisciplinary journey, where you are allowed to take risks and explore together. Through collaboration you begin to learn new things not only about your working partners, but ultimately about yourself.
Rajinder Dudrah's STEAMhouse goals
To be a beacon of excellence for new ideas and products in Birmingham and the wider region that brings together some of the best thinkers, doers, creators, makers and activists, from all works of life, who are using STEAM-based ideas and possibilities in imaginative ways.
The STEAMlabs challenge
To answer the following question: What opportunities exist for minority groups to develop their own meaningful multi-media digital platforms as viable small scale businesses in Birmingham and the wider region?
Rajinder Dudrah's essential items
My spectacles – I have quite a few frames – and without them I would not be able to see clearly!
A fact about Rajinder Dudrah
When I was 11 years old, I was lucky enough to visit the James Bond film set at the Royal Ascot Racecourse while they were filming for A View to A Kill. I met the producers and director, saw the actress Grace Jones in action, and interviewed the Bond villain of the movie, actor Christopher Walken; this was then aired on a Saturday morning children’s programme on ITV.
Rajinder Dudrah's ideal STEAMlabs delegate
The late Nelson Mandela, to lead on how might we use Science and Art subjects together to create more equal societies?