Dr Paul Bowman
Director of Postgraduate Research;
Director of the Race, Representation and Cultural Politics Research Group;
Editor of JOMECJournal;
Director of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Film & Visual Culture Research (IFVCR) Email: BowmanP@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)29 208 76797
Location: Room 0.36, Bute Building
Latest Papers and Media
Timeshift: Series 12
Dr Paul Bowman will feature in Timeshift's "Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting: The Rise of Martial Arts in Britain" on BBC Four, Sunday February 24 at 10:00PM
Timeshift will take a look at the rise of martial arts in Britain. From the early days of bartitsu, through judo and karate to kung fu, Britain has had a long and illustrious involvement with the martial arts. Episode 9 of 10, duration 1 hour.
BBC Radio 4 charts the rise of the kung fu craze in the mid-1970s, with guest Dr Paul Bowman, on iPlayer http://bbc.in/wMDjSf
Paul Bowman researches, writes and teaches about cultural studies, popular culture, cultural theory, cultural politics, ‘The Orient’ in Western Culture, 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), Beyond Bruce Lee (Wallflower, forthcoming) and Culture and the Media (Palgrave, forthcoming). He is currently writing a monograph on the significance of the work of Rey Chow for film and cultural studies, and a monograph for Edinburgh University Press entitled Rancière and Politics.
He is editor of The Rey Chow Reader (Columbia University Press, 2010), The Truth of Žižek (Continuum, 2007), Reading Rancière (Continuum, 2011), a book of interviews entitled Interrogating Cultural Studies: Theory, Politics and Practice (Pluto Press, 2003), and is currently preparing Rancière and Film for Edinburgh University Press
He has edited many issues of the journal Parallax and has recently edited issues of Social Semiotics (2010) and Postcolonial Studies (2010) and Educational Philosophy and Theory (2012). He is on the Editorial Board of the journals Culture Machine; The Poster; Ctrl-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 the journals: Borderlands; Contemporary Politics; Contemporary Political Theory; Culture, Theory and Critique; EnterText; Global Discourse; 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 cardiff.academia.edu/PaulBowman
- Popular Culture (Second Year core module)
- Global Postcolonial Culture (Third Year option)
- Cultural Agency: Theory and Practice (Third Year option)
Paul is Director of the Race, Representation and Cultural Politics Research Group and founder of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Film & Visual Culture Research (IFVCR). He researches questions of cultural agency and cultural politics in global/postcolonial popular culture.
Post-Marxism versus Cultural Studies: Politics, Theory and Intervention (Edinburgh University Press, 2007)
“[Post-Marxism Versus Cultural Studies is] the first sustained scholarly assessment of the scandal of post-Marxism [which] traces the struggle – both intellectual and political – of academic Marxism to keep its footing on the long march through the institution. As the “versus” that hinges his title suggests, neither post-Marxism nor cultural studies remain unscathed by Bowman’s staging of this face off. Post-Marxism versus Cultural Studies rewards the serious reader concerned to come to terms with the discursive politics of the contemporary university”. John Mowitt (Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, University of Minnesota).
“This is an ambitious book which will make a significant impact in […] an exciting field which is beginning to open up a sustained ‘thinking about’ politics from a post-structuralist perspective”. Martin McQuillan (Professor of Cultural Theory and Analysis, University of Leeds)
Deconstructing Popular Culture (Palgrave, 2008)
“Deconstructing Popular Culture … is a valuable contribution to the field of cultural studies, which explains, elaborates and transforms the ways in which the disciplinary and institutional relations of deconstruction and cultural studies could be rethought. It builds and explicitly draws on the influential works of [key] figures […], yet also does something new – it finds a way of speaking to undergraduate students in cultural studies (and in the humanities in general) about why they need to read (and not be afraid of) deconstruction. Above all, it introduces these students to the institutionalisation of knowledge and intellectual inquiry – i.e., the ‘university scene’ – in which they are all already situated: its express aim is to realise the ways in which, as the book’s mantra has it, ‘deconstruction is an institutional practice for which the institution remains a problem’. This is a book with both a passionate argument – and not everyone will agree with it, of course, which is one its key themes – and a rare skill in making the ‘fine print’ of complex theoretical arguments accessible to a non-specialist audience”. (Anonymous Reviewer for Palgrave)
Theorizing Bruce Lee (Rodopi, 2009)
Theorizing Bruce Lee engages questions of culture, politics, ideology and philosophy by way of a series of engagements with the popular cultural film and martial arts icon, Bruce Lee. The book deals with the cultural and theoretical issues, themes and problematics of Bruce Lee’s emergence and success, the relations between Bruce Lee films and cultural fantasy, the relations between these fantasies and cultural practices such as martial arts, and the wider cultural, political and philosophical issues of Bruce Lee’s intervention.
Leon Hunt writes: “Bruce Lee is a complex and contradictory figure, and it's a formidable task to take on the multiple facets of his legacy – fighter, film star, philosopher, nationalist, multiculturalist, innovator. With an approach as multidisciplinary and iconoclastic as Lee's approach to martial arts, Bowman provides an original and exhilarating account of Lee as ‘cultural event’. No one has done a better job of explaining why the martial arts 'legend' remains such an important and provocative figure”.
Similarly, Gina Marchetti writes: “Taking on Martin Heidegger and Slavoj Žižek as well as drawing on Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Guy Debord, Jacques Ranciere, Rey Chow, and Stuart Hall, among others, Bowman shows how Bruce Lee “speaks” to the philosophical debates that frame our understanding of global popular culture today. Although Bowman may not be able to resolve the philosophical battles surrounding our ability to “know” Bruce Lee, he does a remarkable job of articulating why Bruce Lee remains an essential force within not only world cinema but global culture – both “high” and “low.” Armoured with his philosophical nunchakus, Bowman goes to battle with anyone who may doubt Lee’s ongoing importance, and this book will undoubtedly become essential reading for everyone (from philosopher to kung fu practitioner) interested in popular culture and Asian cinema.”
Paul Bowman can supervise research students working in the fields of:
- cultural theory
- discourse and ideology analysis
- cultural politics
- popular culture
- martial arts studies
Current Research Students
Corbett Miteff: “The Future States of Religion in Children’s Science Fiction Animation” (2008-).
Sean Geoghegan: “‘Take Care’: An Examination of the Relationship Between the UK Media and the ‘looked after’ Community” (2008-).
Matthew Winston: “Hunter S Thompson and Gonzo Journalism” (2009-).
Merisa Skulsuthavong: ‘Multiculturalism in Thailand’ (2010-).
Maria Papadopoulou: ‘Music, Spirituality and Social Division’ (2010-).
Hyunju Lee: ‘The effect of online politics on democracy focusing on power-sharing among political subjects: the role of government communication apparatus in Korea’ (2010-)
Xin Zhang: ‘The conflicting identities of Chinese ethnic minorities in the UK’ (2011-)
(Secondary supervisor of many further PhD students)
Examination of PhD Research Students
(2012), Bernhard Gross, Cardiff University, ‘The State of The Nation’, January.
(2011), Wayne Wong, University of Hong Kong. ‘Reinventing "The Real": Transfigurations of Cinematic Kung Fu in the 21st Century’. Viva Voce: December.
(2009), Nasheli Jiménez del Val, Cardiff University, UK. “Seeing Cannibals: European colonial discourses on the Latin American ‘other’”. Viva Voce: 8th Sept. 2009.
(2009), Lucy Bennett, Cardiff University, UK. “Commonality of Interest Within an Online Community”. Viva Voce: 19th June 2009.
(2009) Luke White, Middlesex University, London, UK. “Damien Hirst and the Legacy of the Sublime in Contemporary Art and Culture”. Viva Voce: 20th February 2009.
(2007) Bram Ieven, Universiteit Leiden (Leiden University), Netherlands. “Machinic Deconstruction: Literature / Politics / Technics”. Supervisor: Professor Ernst Van Alphen. Viva voce: 22nd November 2007.
Paul Bowman studied at Leeds University, before working as a Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Bath Spa University and then Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at Roehampton University, London.
He came to Cardiff University in 2008. He has been an External Examiner at PhD level (Universiteit Leiden, Middlesex University and Cardiff University), at BA level (Middlesex University) and at MA level (Kingston University). He has also acted as a Reviewer for research councils (ESRC and the Austrian Science Fund) as well as for academic journals and publishers. He has recently been appointed to the Editorial Board of Culture Machine and The Poster.
He has taught a very wide range of topics, subjects and modules, including: Mapping the Field; Studying Popular Culture; Approaches to Media and Culture; Cultural Politics; The East in the West: The Orient in Western Culture; and Dissertations.
He has formerly also designed and taught such modules as: Reading Culture; Culture and Identity; Race, Gender and Representation; From Marx to Postmodernism; Culture, Politics and Ideology since 1968 and has contributed to Cultural Policy, Visual Culture, and Research Methods.
At MA level, Paul has been convener of the module Cultural Theory and Politics, and has previously designed, convened and delivered such modules as: Cultural Theory; New Media and New Technologies; and Media, Place, Identity and Culture, as well as supervising dissertations.
As well as supervising PhDs, Paul also delivers PhD research training in cultural studies and cultural theory.