Staff members with discipline Cultural Studies
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- Hate, Intolerance, and Prejudice in Europe and North America
- Racism and Bigotry in Digital Propaganda
- Regulatory Responses to Extremism Online
- Social Media and Political Culture
- Disinformation, Social Media Manipulation, and Digital Advertising
- Natural Language Processing, Corpus Linguistics, and Critical Discourse Analysis
- Social Network Analysis
- Visual Methods
Prior to joining the University of Groningen, Bharath was a postdoctoral researcher at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII), University of Oxford. At the OII, he contributed to three projects: (1) the Computational Propaganda Project, where he contributed to analysis of Russian social media manipulation in the United States; (2) the VOX-Pol Project, where he contributed research on digital cultures of the far right in Europe and North America; and (3) the Data Science in Local Government Project, where he contributed survey design and data analysis to understand the state of the art of data science techniques used in local government in the UK (2017-2018).
Bharath completed his PhD in Geography at UCL in 2017, funded by the Bonnart Trust (www.fbbtrust.org.uk). From 2014 to 2017, he was also Senior Researcher at Tell MAMA (www.tellmamauk.org), a British charity that monitors and supports victims of anti-Muslim hate crime. Bharath has commented widely on issues related to disinformation on social media, Russian involvement in the 2016 United States election, hate speech, and the radical right in the UK Houses of Parliament, United Nations, and international media outlets. His recent publications have appeared in journals including the Journal of International Affairs and European Societies.
His research mostly focuses on humor and satire across media, with particular but not exclusive attention to literature. He has authored the monographs Laughter from Realism to Modernism (Oxford: Legenda, 2015) and La scemenza del mondo (Pisa: ETS, 2011, Edinburgh Gadda First Prize), as well as several articles and book chapters on theories and practices of humor from the 18th century to the present.
He is currently developing a project on legal controversies regarding dark humor, and he is the organizer of the summer school ‘Humor and Satire in Contemporary Europe: Cultural, Political, and Legal Perspectives’ (two editions, July 2018 and 2019). His research areas also include international Modernism, Law and Literature, Posthumanism, Literature and Space, and Cognitive Studies.
Culture, memory, identity, and heritage
Central and Eastern Europe, especially Western Balkans/the former Yugoslavia
Language and literature, film and media
American history and culture, 1848-present
Mexican American studies
U.S. Catholic history and culture
- Global jihadism (al-Qaeda, IS)
- Religion and violence
Postcolonial literatures and theory
Postsocialist and postcolonial studies
South African literature and culture
Scholarly focus of interest:
European cultural history from antiquity through today, with a focus on religion in diverse cultural settings; Diversity of knowledge systems; Method and theory in the study of religion; Discursive study of religion; Esoteric discourses in European culture, with special emphasis on astrology and kabbalah; Religion, philosophy, and nature; Religion and secularity
The American Revolution
The Early American Republic
The US South
The early modern Atlantic World
Ethnicity, national identity, and race
His main research interests lie in contemporary (music) theatre, socio-political, activist forms of performance, exile and post-migration. He also works as a freelance theatre critic. Between 2012 and 2014, he received three consecutive fellowships in Turkey to conduct his postdoc research, “Post-Migration in Performance”, mainly focusing on the Turkish and Kurdish diaspora in Europe. He is currently preparing a new research project, under the heading, "European Networks for Performing Artists in Exile and Activism".
In his current research, he looks at the work of Turkish and Kurdish artists who collaborate with European ensembles or who work against censorship practices in Turkey to address socio-cultural issues like exilic life, political resistance, identity and commoration through theatre performances. He also has widely published on intermedial aesthetic strategies of sound, voice and aurality in theatre and interactive installation art.
Victorian Literature and Culture
Modernism / Postmodernism
Word and Music Studies
• Comparative Colonial Studies
• New World Poetry
• Native American History
• History of the Book
• Digital Humanities