Arts and Popular Culture


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We explore the possibilities and limits of human imagination, whether in high or mass-mediated popular culture. Context matters. Creativity can, and needs to, be understood in relation to wider social, economic, or consumer culture contexts. Any creative work is an act of communication. It  involves a multitude of people, calls up genres and heritage, and complies with, or perhaps rebels against, conventions. Current research projects focus on the Swahili novel; Islamic pop music, law in popular culture, Muslim creative artists in Europe, and historical material culture from an archaeological perspective. 


​Research Projects

Peshwar, Feeling the City. Dr Sanaa Alimia​​​​​​

​​​AKU-ISMC Academics ​​​