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Dr Paul Bowman

Dr Paul Bowman

Position: Reader
Director of Postgraduate Research
Director of the Race, Representation and Cultural Politics Research Group
Director of Editors: Cardiff University Press
Editor of JOMEC Journal
Editor: Martial Arts Studies
Co-Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Film & Visual Culture Research


Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 76797

Location: Room 1.23, Bute Building

Latest Papers and Media

Film and TV

Dr Paul Bowman features as an academic expert in the award winning 2012 US documentary feature I am Bruce Lee, which details the life and cultural impact of Bruce Lee.

He also features in the BBC Four documentary, "Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting: The Rise of Martial Arts in Britain" (Timeshift, BBC Four, Sunday February 24, 2013).

UK Radio

In an episode of the BBC Radio 4 series “In Living Memory”, which charts the rise of the kung fu craze in the mid-1970s, Dr Paul Bowman featured as an academic commentator. This programme is available on BBC iPlayer.

International Radio

Paul has also appeared as a guest on the following international radio, web-radio shows and podcasts:

The Fight Nerd, January 2012

WGN Radio, Chicago, 28 May 2013

China Radio International, 5th July 2013

Voice of America, 8 July 2013

China Radio International, 26th July 2013 

Online Media

Chinese Film, Inside China and Out (via bambuser) - Manchester University (October 2013)

Dr Paul Bowman was interviewed by Kung Fu Tea on Beyond Bruce Lee and his thoughts about Lee's cultural impact (July 2013)


Postgraduate Research Studies
Race, Representation & Cultural Politics Research Group
Centre for Interdisciplinary Film and Visual Culture Research (IFVCR)

Paul Bowman researches, writes and teaches about cultural studies, popular culture, cultural theory, cultural politics, and martial arts.

Paul is Director of Postgraduate Research Studies, Director of the Race, Representation and Cultural Politics Research Group, founding editor of JOMEC Journal and founder of The Centre for Interdisciplinary Film and Visual Culture Research (IFVCR) at Cardiff University. He is also a member of Cardiff University’s Graduate College Board.

Paul is author of Post-Marxism versus Cultural Studies: Theory, Politics and Intervention (Edinburgh University Press, 2007), Deconstructing Popular Culture (Palgrave, 2008), Theorizing Bruce Lee (Rodopi, 2010), Culture and the Media (Palgrave, 2012), Reading Rey Chow (Peter Lang, 2013), and Beyond Bruce Lee (Wallflower, 2013).

He is editor of Rancière and Film (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), The Rey Chow Reader (Columbia University Press, 2010), The Truth of Žižek (Continuum, 2007), Reading Rancière (Continuum, 2011), and a book of interviews entitled Interrogating Cultural Studies: Theory, Politics and Practice (Pluto Press, 2003).

He has edited many issues of the journal Parallax and issues of Social Semiotics (2010), Postcolonial Studies (2010) and Educational Philosophy and Theory (2013). He is on the Editorial Board of the journals Culture Machine; The PosterCtrl-Z: New/Media/Philosophy; and Global Discourse. He has been an Editor of Parallax and a Reviewer for The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory.

Paul has published in many academic journals, including: Borderlands; Contemporary Politics; Contemporary Political Theory; Culture, Theory and Critique; EnterText; Global Discourse; JOMEC Journal; Parallax; The Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory; Social Semiotics; Strategies; UZAK; and has contributed chapters to such books as: Embodied Knowledge (2011); Enduring Resistance: Cultural theory after Derrida (2009), The Truth of Žižek (2007); New Cultural Studies: Adventures in Theory (2007); Modern British and Irish Criticism and Theory: A Critical Guide (2006); and Cultural Studies, Interdisciplinarity and Translation (2002), among others.

Personal Website


BA Modules

  • Popular Culture (Second Year core module)
  • Global Postcolonial Culture (Third Year option)
  • Cultural Agency: Theory and Practice (Third Year option)