Dr Rohit K Dasgupta
Senior Lecturer and Programme Director
Dr Rohit Dasgupta is Programme Director and Senior Lecturer on the Global Communications and Development programme at the Institute for Media and Creative Industries where he teaches across a range of modules in communication and cultural studies.
As an ethnographer his work cuts across several disciplines with particular interests in South Asia, queer identities, activism and politics. Prior to his current position, he was a 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. He is currently also an elected councillor in the London Borough of Newham (2018-2022).
Dr Dasgupta has a PhD in Communication from the University of the Arts London (2015), where his research 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 at the intersection of sexuality, race and class. His current and future research looks at the role of communication and media for social change.
He is the author of the monograph Digital Queer Cultures in India: Politics, Intimacies and Belonging (Routledge, 2017) and coauthor of Social media, Sexuality and Sexual Health Advocacy in India (Bloomsbury, 2017); 100 Essential Indian Films (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019), and Queer Studies: Texts, Contexts and Praxis (Orient Blackswan, 2019). His coedited volumes include Masculinity and its Challenges in India (McFarland, 2014); Rituparno Ghosh: Cinema, Gender and Art (Routledge, 2015); Queering Digital India (Edinburgh University Press, 2018); Friendship and Social Justice Activism (Seagull Books/University of Chicago Press, 2018) and Styling South Asian Youth Cultures (Bloomsbury, 2018).
Dr Dasgupta has also published articles in journals such as Emotion, Space and Society, Asian Affairs, Film Quarterly, Theory, Culture and Society, South Asian History and Culture, South Asian Popular Culture, South Asian Review, Sexualities, Waterlines, Convergence, Social Media and Society and Economic and Political Weekly.
He was 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', between 2016 and 2017 in collaboration with Dr Paul Boyce from the University of Sussex and the Varta Trust (Kolkata, India).
He also received the Sir Peter Holmes Memorial Award from the Royal Society for Asian Affairs to conduct research on 'launda dancers' in 2013. Most recently he was invited by BBC Radio 3 to discuss his monograph on the Free Thinking Programme and his book Friendship as Social Justice Activism received an honourable mention from PEN America.
He is currently involved in a few projects- He is working on queer diasporas in the United Kingdom, continuing his ethnographic work in West Bengal and working on transnational screen cultures.
Interests and activities
Dr Dasgupta is a Labour and Cooperative party councillor for the London Borough of Newham. He is also Secretary of the Newham branch of the socialist think tank- The Fabian Society. 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. He is on the editorial board of the journal Media Theory and has reviewed manuscripts for Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, Orient Blackswan and others.