Dr Diwas Bisht

School of Arts, Media and Creative Technologies

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Current positions

Lecturer in Animation


I am a researcher and animation film maker currently working as a lecturer in animation at the School of Arts, Media and Creative Technology at the University of Salford. Prior to this role, I was a lecturer in Animation at the School of Digital Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University (2022-23) and worked as a Research Associate on a British Academy project, ‘Digital Media and Participation and Political Culture’ at Loughborough University (2021 -2023).

My Leverhulme Trust funded PhD research (2017-2021) at Loughborough university, focussed on creative explorations of intergenerational memories and identities in the British Bangladeshi community through participatory animation methodologies. Before undertaking my PhD, I was working in the Indian animation industry for over 5 years in various roles and capacities, particularly in the e-learning sector with different ed-tech and game start-ups. I also hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from Delhi University (2010) and a Master of Design (MDes) in Animation from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad (2013).

My research interests include topics such as Diaspora and Cultural identity, Transcultural memory, Postcolonial studies, Media studies and Animation based research methodologies . In my animation practice, I try to bridge my academic research interests with collaborative, community led film projects to document marginalised experiences of the British South Asian diaspora. Over the last few years, I have worked with both community and academic partners like Swadhinata Trust, King’s College London, University of Liverpool, Loughborough University amongst others on a diverse range of topics such as experiences of coronavirus pandemic, disaster heritage and environmental awareness amongst others.

Areas of Research

Postcolonial Studies, Memory Studies, Media and Memory, Media Studies, Animation based research, Participatory research, Diaspora and cultural Identity

Qualifications and Recognitions

  • PhD

    2017 - 2021