Dr Rohit K Dasgupta
Dr Rohit Dasgupta is lecturer at the Institute for Media and Creative Industries where he teaches across a range of modules on media and cultural studies.
As an ethnographer his work cuts across several disciplines with particular interests in digital media, Indian cinema, protest culture, queer politics and South Asia. Prior to his current position, he held the position of lecturer in Global Media at the University of Southampton, an associate lecturer at University of the Arts London, and has also held teaching and research posts at University of Sussex, University of West London and University of Westminster.
Dr Dasgupta has a PhD from the University of the Arts London (2015), where his researched examined digital queer spaces in India for which he was awarded a graduate studentship. He completed his MA in English from the University of Westminster in 2010 and a PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University of West London in 2013. His undergraduate degree was in Comparative Literature from Jadavpur University, India (2009).
Current research and collaborations
Dr Dasgupta's research interests are South Asia, queer identities, new media, queer politics, protest cultures, youth cultures and Indian cinema.
He has co-edited the first scholarly study on the queer auteur Rituparno Ghosh (Routledge, 2015) and received the Sir Peter Holmes Memorial Award from the Royal Society for Asian Affairs in 2013 to conduct research on launda dancers in India. Most recently, Dr Dasgupta has co-edited a the volume Friendship as Social Justice Activism (Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press, 2017) and the upcoming volumes - Queering Digital India (Edinburgh University Press) and Styling South Asian Youth (I.B. Tauris). His monograph- Digital Queer Cultures in India is forthcoming (Routledge).
He is also currently the principal investigator on a Welcome Trust Small Grant Award for the project 'Mobile-ising for Sexual Health: Digital Technologies and Sexual Health Advocacy in India', in collaboration with Dr Paul Boyce from the University of Sussex and the Varta Trust (Kolkata, India). A report based on the findings will be published in the near future by Bloomsbury.
Dr Dasgupta has recently published articles entitled 'Remembering Benedict Anderson and his influence on South Asian studies', 'From scene to screen: the challenges and opportunities of commercial digital platforms for HIV community outreach', 'Labour wins London: Sadiq Khan and the future of British politics', and 'Exploitation, victimhood, and gendered performance in Rituparno Ghosh's Bariwali.'
Interests and activities
Dr Dasgupta is interested in popular media cultures in South Asia, queer politics and ethnography. Broadly his current and future research looks at the intersections of class, race and sexuality. He is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and the Royal Asiatic Society, an elected member of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs and also a member of the International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society.