Ph.D, Rice University, 2014
SpecialtiesMiddle East studies, South Asia studies, world film history, sound studies, visual culture, postcolonial theory, contemporary literature B041 New Cabell Hall
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After completing my PhD at Rice University (2014), I joined the American University of Beirut as an Assistant Professor of Visual Culture. My location in Lebanon for two years (2014 - 2016) complemented my earlier fieldwork at the National Film Archive of India, enabling me to further probe postwar circulation histories of Hindi film/songs across the Middle East. I have been working on a manuscript titled Sirens of Modernity: Postwar Cartographies of World Cinema Via Hindi Film/Songs, which historicizes the emergence of “world cinema” as a category in the politics of the Cold War, and the manner in which Hindi film/songs negotiated this category. My interests span world film history; Asian cinemas; intersections of audio-visual media and literature; and sound studies. I also have a curatorial background in the collaborative administration of film series and festivals. I teach survey courses and specialized seminars in Middle East - South Asia film histories, in addition to Middle East - South Asia-focused thematic courses on topics such as cinephilia, adaptation, and genre; methods courses in areas such as film programming, sound studies, and film festival studies; among so many other possibilities that lie ahead!
2017 – “Moving Towards prem nagar: An Intimate Genealogy of the ‘City of Love’ and the Lyrical Worlds of Hindustani Film Songs,” in “Aesthetics of Space in Indian Cinema” Special Issue of positions: asia critique 25:1, Duke University Press, pp. 51-99
2016 – Film Festival Review – Cultural Resistance International Film Festival of Lebanon. In Jadaliyaa E-zine, Arab Studies Institute
2013 – “‘It is Written’ (in Invisible Ink): Slumdog Millionaire's Sfx and the Realist Overwriting of Bollywood Spectacle,” Ajay Gehlawat Ed., The Slumdog Phenomenon: A Critical Anthology, Anthem Books: 2013, pp. 121-139.