School of Business and Management

Dr Amit Rai

Amit

Senior Lecturer in New Media and Communication

Email: a.rai@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2700
Room Number: Room 3.28b, Bancroft Building, Mile End Campus

Profile

Staff drop-in and feedback hours
Friday 9.00 am –11.00 am

Roles

Programme Director: MA Creative Industries and Arts Organisation

Second Year Academic Advisor

Amit S. Rai was born in Bhopal, India in 1968 (14 years later Bhopal would become the site for one of the worst industrial 'accidents' in the history of capitalist production, the Union Carbide disaster). In 1971 his family moved to Providence, Rhode Island, and over the course of 40 years split between the two coasts of the USA, he became Asian American and bookish. After graduating magna cum laude in English Literature and Theology from Georgetown University, Dr. Rai received his MA and PhD from Stanford University in 1995 in Modern Thought and Literature, with a focus on postcolonial theory, Victorian studies, cultural anthropology and South Asian studies. He has taught at Stanford, the New School for Social Research, Lorton Maximum Security Prison, Georgetown University, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (Mumbai), the Florida State University, and, since 2010, at Queen Mary, University of London.

He is the author of Rule of Sympathy: Race, Sentiment, and Power, 1750-1860 (Palgrave 2002) and Untimely Bollywood: Globalisation and India’s New Media Assemblage (Duke University Press/Oxford University Press, 2009). He has written numerous articles for journals throughout the world, most recently “The Affect of Jugaad: Frugal Innovation and Postcolonial Practice in India’s Mobile Phone Ecology” in Environment and Planning D: Society and Space (2015). “Jugaad Time: Ecologies of Everyday Hacking in India,” was published by Duke University Press in February, 2019. His daughter is 16 years old, and fierce.

Undergraduate Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

  • Applied Methods in Creative and Cultural Industries (BUSM170)
  • Organising in the Creative and Cultural Industries (BUSM165)
  • History of Cultural Industries (BUSM163)

Research

Research Interests:

Dr Amit Rai is the author of Rule of Sympathy: Race, Sentiment, and Power (Palgrave: 2002); Untimely Bollywood: Globalisation and India’s New Media Assemblage (Duke University Press/Oxford University Press, 2009); and Jugaad Time: Ecologies of Everyday Hacking in India (Duke University Press, 2019). He has written on creativity in frugal innovation, attention in the creative economy, Indian masculinity in film, anthropologies of monstrosity, sympathy and colonial governmentality, and the swerves within and against media ecologies. His study of new media in India, entitled Untimely Bollywood: Globalization and India’s New Media Assemblage was published by Duke University Press in May of 2009. His blog on the history of media assemblages and the politics of perception can be found at http://mediaecologiesresonate.wordpress.com. He was awarded a Collaboration Grant from QMUL to develop action research with the Live Art Development Agency, the Department of Drama (Nick Ridout), Arts Admin (Cecilia Wee), and Gini Simpson (independent Arts organiser and strategist) and Orlagh Woods (independent Arts organiser and strategist), of which more can be found here: 

http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/projects/restock-rethink-reflect-five-on-managing-the-radical/

Publications

  • Rai, A. (2015) “The affect of Jugaad: Frugal innovation and postcolonial practice in India’s mobile phone ecology” Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Peer Reviewed Articles:

  • “Composite Photographs,” forthcoming in South Asian Popular Culture.
  • “Truths of Times to Come: Deleuze, Media, India,” under consideration at Deleuze Studies.
  • “Monstrous Mutations, Sympathetic Monsters” in Third Text (UK), Vol. 21, Issue 6, November, 2007, 745–759.
  • “’Every Citizen is a Cop without the Uniform’”: The Populist Outside in Bollywood’s New Angry Young Man Genre,” in Interventions (Vol. 8, no. 2), Summer 2006, 193-227.
  • “The Future is a Monster,” in Camera Obscura, 61 (vol. 21, no. 1), Spring 2006, 58-63.
  • “Haptic Bollywood,” (with Rajinder K. Dudrah, Senior Lecturer, Department of Theatre, University of Manchester) in New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, 3:3 (2005), 143-158.
  • “The Promise of Monsters: Terrorism, Monstrosity, and Biopolitics,” in International Studies in Philosophy, 37:2 (2005), 81-92.
  • “Of Monsters and Terror-Tali-Tubbies: Biopower, Terrorism and Excess in Genealogies of Monstrosity,” in Cultural Studies, 18:4 (2004) 538-570.           
  • “The Remaking of a Model Minority: Perverse Projectiles Under the Spectre of Counter-Terrorism,” (with Jasbir Puar, Associate Professor, Women’s Studies, Rutgers University) in Social Text 80 (2004), 75-104.
  • “‘Start Narrative Here’: Excess and the Space of History in Asian Diasporic Films” in South Asian Popular Culture (UK), 1:1 (2003), 13-32.
  • “The Black Spectre of Sympathy: The Occult Relation in Jane Eyre,” in Literature, Interpretation, Theory, 14 (3), 2003, 243-268.
  •  “Terrorist, Monster, Fag: The War on Terrorism and the Production of Docile Patriots,” (with Jasbir Puar, Associate Professor, Women’s Studies, Rutgers University) in Social Text, Fall (72), Vol. 20, no. 3, 2002, 117-148.
  • “`Thus Spake the Subaltern . . . ' Post-colonial Criticism and the Scene of Desire” in Discourse (USA), vol. 19, no. 2, 1997.
  • Rpt. in Special Collection on The Psychoanalysis of Race, edited by Chris Lane, published by Columbia University Press, 1998, 91-119.
  • “India On-Line: Electronic Bulletin Boards and the Construction of a Diasporic Hindu Identity” in Diaspora (USA), vol. 4, no. 1, 1995.
  • “An American Raj in Filmistan: Images of Elvis in Indian Films” in Screen (UK), vol. 35, no.1, Spring, 1994.
  • “A Lying Virtue: Ruskin, Gandhi and the Simplicity of Use Value” in South Asia Research (UK), vol. 13, no. 2, November 1993.

Monographs:

  • Rule of Sympathy: Sentiment, Race, and Power, 1760 - 1840, Palgrave-St. Martins Press, 2002.
  • Untimely Bollywood: Globalization and India’s New Media Assemblage, Duke University Press, 2009.

PhD Supervision

Current Doctoral Students

Second supervisor: 

  • Chandres Tejura, 'Is Accounting education/training overly focused on profit and wealth maximisation at the expense of ethics, if so, what are the ramifications for society?'
  • Monica Majumdar

PhD Supervision Completions
Bue Rubner-Hansen, 2013
“Money between the economy, politics and the state - A critique of money as the nexus of contemporary society as a whole, and the institutions, practices and theories that uphold money in its current form”