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Ashwani Sharma

Principal Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies 

Arts and Digital Industries (ADI)

Ash Sharma teaches on the BA Media and Communication programme. He is co-editor of the open access journal darkmatter []. He is committed to study and the 'undercommons'. 

  • EB 2.65, Docklands Campus
    School of Arts and Digital Industries (ADI)
    University of East London
    Docklands Campus
    E16 2RD
  • +442082232761

    Ash Sharma is a Principal Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies. He teaches on BA Media and Communication, as well on various MA programmes. His research interests are in race, black and postcolonial culture; visual media and art, cities and urban culture, music; digital media and publishing; study, pedagogy and education.

    He is a member of the Centre for Cultural Studies Research (CCSR) at UEL ( He is the founding co-editor of the online journal darkmatter ( and is member of the Black Study Group (London). He also started the 'Must We Burn Croydon' ( project and co-edits the writing zine 'Southern Discomfort', where he writes mainly poetry.

    Ash has worked for the BBC TV and Radio, and in independent film in sound. He was formerly an Aeronautical Engineer. 

    External Examiner – MA Media Studies, Gender and Media and Digital Media, University of Sussex (2010 – 14)


    Editorial Board, Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power Journal, Taylor and Francis (2011 – present)


    Editorial board, Communication, Culture and Critique Journal, Wiley-Blackwell (2007 – present)


    Associate, Centre for Urban and Communities Research(CUCR), Goldsmiths College, University of London (2002 – present)


    Management Committee (Chair), Docklands Outreach, Isle of Dogs, London (2007 – present)


    2007 –  Founder and Co-editor, darkmatter – online journal (


    2010 -11 ‘Economy research advisory group’ Institute for International Visual Arts (Iniva), London


    2007 - Visiting tutor, ‘Transnational communities and media MA programme’, New York University (NYU), London campus.


    2006 – 2008 Executive Committee, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA)


    2006 – 2008 Co-ordinator Race Network, Media, Communications and Cultural Studies(MeCCSA)


    2002 – Associate, Centre for Urban and Communities Research(CUCR), Goldsmiths College, University of London


    2003- 07 External Examiner - MA Communications, Culture and Media, Coventry University


    2000 - 2008 Management Board and Trustee, Rich Mix Cultural Foundation (New International Media Arts Centre opened 2006), East London, UK  


    2001- Advisor, South Asian Diaspora Literature and Arts Archive (


    1998 - 2000 Project Co-ordinator for Hub@RichMix Exhibition, Centre for New Ethnicities Research, University of East London and Cityside Urban Regeneration, Tower Hamlets, UK


    1999 Advisor, 000zerozerozero Exhibition at the Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.


    1998 Organized Identity Papers: (Un)doing Asian Culture conference, Institute of Contemporary Arts, London.


    1999 - 2000 Editorial Board, Black Media Journal, London


    1991- 92 East Midlands Arts Film Advisory Board, UK


    1989 - 91 Management Board, Association of Black film and video workshops


    Ash Sharma's research interests are in race and contemporary culture; postcolonial theory, visual art, urban culture, music, digital media and publishing.

    I am presently completing a book on race and contemporary visual culture (Bloomsbury).  


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    Race and postcolonial culture; diasporic media, visual art, music, urban culture, digital media and publishing.



    Modules Leading:

    MS5102 Culture, Communication and the Media
    MS6102 Communication and Media Transformations

    Also teaching on:
    MS4102 The Mediated Self
    Ms6100 Dissertation
    MA Heritage Studies

    Previous Module leading and teaching:
    MS1101 Identity, Difference & Race; MS2401 Media, Culture &  Society; MS2403 Race and Representation; MS3000 Dissertation; MS3401 Globalisation and the Media; MS3402 Digital Media Practices; MSM509 Dissertation (Humanities); MSM521 Research Methods (Humanities).   MS1402 Introduction to Media Theory; MS2103 Youth Cultures; MSM504 Contemporary Cultural Theory; MSM505 Context of Media Production; MSM513 Global Media; MSM514 Media Cultures; MSM516 Culture, Power, Politics; MSM517 Postcolonial Cultures.