Dr Anamik Saha

Staff details

Position Senior Lecturer, Co-Convenor of the MA Race, Media and Social Justice
Email a.saha (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7717 3258
Dr Anamik Saha

I am a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications, and co-convenor for MA Race, Media and Social Justice. I am the convenor on the modules Music as Communication and Creative Practice (UG/PG) and Race and the Cultural Industries (PG).

Prior to joining the Department of Media, Communications and Cultural Studies I worked in the Institute of Communications Studies at the University of Leeds, firstly as an ESRC Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, then as a Lecturer in Communications Studies. This is my fourth stint at Goldsmiths, having completed my PhD in the Department of Sociology in 2010, a Masters degree in 2001 and my BA in this department in 1999. I have held visiting fellowships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and at Trinity College, Connecticut.

My research interests are in ‘race’, cultural industries and cultural production, relating to wider questions of capitalism, culture and race. My doctoral research was based upon an ethnographic study of British Asian cultural production in three cultural sectors – television, theatre and publishing – and looked at how representations of ‘race’ are shaped by the conditions of cultural production, fusing my interests in cultural industries and postcolonial theory. I am very interested in the experience of creative labour, particularly from the perspective of minority cultural producers, and have also conducted research on popular music, and cities and the aesthetic expressions of urban multiculture.

My new book Race and the Cultural Industries was published by Polity in 2018.

In 2018 I was awarded an AHRC Leadership Fellow grant entitled ‘Rethinking Diversity in Publishing: A Cultural Industries Perspective’ which will run between May 2019 – July 2020.

I am the current Chair of the Ethnicity and Race in Communication Division of the International Communications Association.

Areas of supervision

I would be interested in supervising PhDs in any of the following areas:

  • ‘Race’, the media and representation
  • Cultural industries and cultural production
  • Producing popular culture
  • British Asian culture and cultural politics
  • Postcolonial theory
  • Popular music
  • Cities and urban (multi)cultures


I co-organised the 'Black Film, British Cinema 2017' conference, held at Goldsmiths in May 2017, a collaboration between Goldsmiths, the University of Greenwich, the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Sociological Review.

I co-organised the 'New Urban Multicultures: Racism and Conviviality' conference, held at Goldsmiths in May 2017.

I organised an ICA pre-conference on The Cultural Politics of Protest, which was held at the University of Washington in Seattle, May 2014.

I co-organised the Advancing Media Production ICA post-conference and IAMCR pre-conference, also at the University of Leeds, in the summer of 2013.

I organised the ‘Race and the Cultural Industries‘ conference, held at the University of Leeds in 2011, in conjunction with the MeCCSA Race Network and the ECREA Media Industries and Cultural Production Temporary Working Group



Saha, Anamik. 2017. Race and the Cultural Industries. Cambridge: Polity Press. ISBN 9781509505302

Edited Book

Paterson, Chris; Lee, David; Saha, Anamik and Zoellner, Anna, eds. 2015. Advancing Media Production Research: Shifting Sites, Methods, and Politics. Palgrave. ISBN 9781137541932

Edited Journal

Saha, Anamik and Hesmondhalgh, David, eds. 2013. ‘Race and Ethnicity in Cultural Production’ Special issue of Popular Communication: The International Journal of Media and Culture., Popular Communication, 11(3). 1540-5702

Book Section

Saha, Anamik. 2015. The marketing of race and ethnicity in the cultural industries. In: Justin Connor and Kate Oakley, eds. The Routledge Companion to the Cultural Industries. London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0415706209

Saha, Anamik and Watson, Sophie. 2014. Ambivalent Affect/Emotion: Conflicted Discourses of Multicultural Belonging. In: Hannah Jones and Emma Jackson, eds. Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging: Emotion and Location. London: Routledge, pp. 99-111. ISBN 978-1138000650

Saha, Anamik. 2013. “Benny Hill Theatre: "Race," Commodification, and the Politics of Representation”. In: Jonathan Gray and Derek Johnson, eds. A Companion to Media Authorship. John Wiley & Sons, pp. 239-256. ISBN 978-0470670965

Saha, Anamik. 2013. The cultural industries in a critical multicultural pedagogy. In: David Ashton and Caitriona Noonan, eds. Cultural Work and Higher Education. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 214-231. ISBN 978-1137013934


Saha, Anamik. 2020. Funky Days are (Not) Back Again: Cool Britannia and the Rise and Fall of British South Asian Cultural Production. Journal of British Cinema and Television, 17(1), pp. 6-23. ISSN 1743-4521

Saha, Anamik. 2017. The Politics of Race in Cultural Distribution: Addressing Inequalities in British Asian Theatre. Cultural Sociology, 11(3), pp. 302-317. ISSN 1749-9755

Saha, Anamik. 2016. The rationalizing/racializing logic of capital in cultural production. Media Industries, 3(1), pp. 1-16.

Watson, Sophie and Saha, Anamik. 2013. 'Suburban Drifts: mundane multiculturalism in outer London'. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36(12), pp. 2016-2034. ISSN 0141-9870

Hesmondhalgh, David and Saha, Anamik. 2013. 'Race, ethnicity and cultural production'. Popular Communication, 11(3), pp. 179-195. ISSN 1540-5702

Saha, Anamik. 2013. Citizen Smith more than Citizen Kane? Genres-in-progress and the cultural politics of difference. South Asian Popular Culture, 11(1), pp. 97-102. ISSN 1474-6689

Saha, Anamik. 2013. ‘"Curry Tales": The production of race and ethnicity in the cultural industries’. Ethnicities, 13(6), pp. 818-837. ISSN 1468-7968

Saha, Anamik. 2013. “Multiculturalism: A Critical Introduction by Michael Murphy”. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36(1), pp. 222-224. ISSN 0141-9870

Saha, Anamik. 2012. 'Beards, scarves, halal meat, terrorists, forced marriage’: television industries and the production of ‘race’. Media, Culture & Society, 34(4), pp. 424-438. ISSN 0163-4437

Saha, Anamik. 2012. 'Locating MIA: ‘Race’, commodification and the politics of production'. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 15(6), pp. 736-752. ISSN 1367-5494

Saha, Anamik. 2011. 'Negotiating the Third Space: British Asian Independent Record Labels and the Cultural Politics of Difference',. Popular Music and Society, 34(4), pp. 437-454. ISSN 0300-7766

Saha, Anamik. 2007. Changing Ambivalences Exploring Corporate Sponsorship in the New Culturally Diverse Artistic Practices. Journal of Creative Communications, 2(1-2), pp. 23-41. ISSN 0973-2586

Saha, Anamik. 2007. “Londonstani” by Gautam Malkani; “Tourism” by Nirpal Singh Dhaliwal. darkmatter Journal : In the Ruins of Imperial Culture,

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