Academic Staff

Dr Shohini Chaudhuri

Staff positionSenior Lecturer, Graduate Director (Autumn)
Telephone01206 872591

Shohini Chaudhuri joined the Department in 1998 to teach contemporary writing and film. Her publications include three books - Cinema of the Dark Side: Atrocity and the Ethics of Film Spectatorship (2014), Contemporary World Cinema: Europe, the Middle East, East Asia and South Asia (2005) and Feminist Film Theorists (2006). Her article (co-authored with Howard Finn) on New Iranian Cinema has been published in Screen and reprinted in two anthologies, Screening World Cinema, ed. Catherine Grant and Annette Kuhn (2006) and Gender, Genre, Race, and World Cinema, ed. Julie Codell (2007). She has also published articles in the journals Camera Obscura, Strategies: A Journal of Theory, Culture and Politics, South Asian Popular Culture, and Screening the Past, as well as essays in the edited collections Film Analysis: A Norton Reader, ed. Jeff Geiger and R.L. Rutsky (2005), New Punk Cinema, ed. Nicholas Rombes (2005), Postcolonial Cinema Studies, ed. Sandra Ponzanesi and Marguerite Waller (2012), Storytelling in World Cinemas, vol. 2, ed Lina Khatib (2013), and The Blackwell Companion to Wong Kar-wai, ed. Martha Nochimson (2015). Shohini has recently written a chapter for the anthology Disappearing War: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cinema and Erasure in the Post-9/11 World, ed. Christina Hellmich and Lisa Purse (forthcoming, 2017).

In spring 2017, she will be taking up a Visiting Professorship at NYU Abu Dhabi, where she will be teaching two courses: Crisis and Creativity (based on her current research project) and Concepts of Film and New Media. 


BA Oxford; MA, PhD London

Current research

Shohini is currently developing the themes of Crisis and Creativity, a film season that she recently curated (for The Mosaic Rooms), into a book project exploring freedom of expression and the cinema.  

Research interests
  • notions of world cinema, intercultural and transnational cinema
  • film and human rights 
  • gender and feminist theory
  • film theory and affect 

Teaching responsibilities
  • World Cinema
  • Cultural Ideology and Film
  • Approaches to Film and Media
  • Research Methods in Literary and Cultural Analysis 
PublicationsLink to publications for Shohini Chaudhuri

Recent public engagements events include:

- Queens of Syria and Syrian Short Films, screenings and Q&As accompanying The Movement of the People exhibition, Art Exchange, University of Essex (October-November 2016)

- Crisis and Creativity: A Season of Contemporary Films from and about the Arab World, The Mosaic Rooms (May-June 2016)

- 'Thinkers for our Time: Sigmund Freud', Panel Discussion, British Academy, London (November 2015)

- 'Freedom and Expression Symposium', Free Word Centre, London (July 2015)

- 'Concerning Violence', Panel Discussion (part of the programme 'Documenting Nazi Atrocities: Early Films on the Liberation of the Camps'), Goethe Institute, London (June 2015)

- 'Where Should the Birds Fly', Panel Discussion, Amnesty International UK, London (April 2015)

Recent conferences include:

-  'Crossing Borders/Traversing Narratives' (Keynote), University of St Andrews (February 2015)

- 'Global Humanitarianism and Media Culture' (Keynote), University of Sussex (February 2015)

Additional information

Additional information: She would particularly welcome applications for Ph.D. theses on the intersecting areas of film, human rights, and critical and cultural theory.

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