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Clemens Apprich

Research Fellow

Clemens Apprich is Visiting Research Fellow at the Global Emergent Media Lab at Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema and member of the Centre for Digital Cultures (CDC) at Leuphana University of Lueneburg. He studied Philosophy, Political Science, Cultural History and Theory in Vienna, Bordeaux, and Berlin, and was a Junior Research Fellow at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Media.Art.Research in Linz as well as at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna. During his studies he was actively engaged in the media art initiative Public Netbase.

He co-founded the Post-Media Lab (PML) and was Principal Investigator of Making Change, a joint research project between the CDC and the Hivos Knowledge Programme. He is one of the founders and editors of spheres, an open peer-reviewed journal for digital cultures, as well as a member of the international advisory board of APRJA and curatorial advisor of transmediale. His most recent books are "Technotopia. A Media Genealogy of Net Cultures" (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017) and "Pattern Discrimination" (University of Minnesota Press/meson press, 2018).

He coordinated the 2018-2019 Seminar in Media and Political Theory and he co-led the Media and Paranoia Reading Group

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Farah Atoui

Organizing Member

Farah Atoui is pursuing a PhD in Communication Studies at McGill University, Montreal. She is a doctoral fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and a member of Regards palestiniens and Regards syriens, two collectives dedicated to the organization of annual screening series of contemporary Palestinian and Syrian cinema at the Cinémathèque Québécoise in Montreal. She holds a Masters in Media Studies from Concordia University (2015) and a Master in Management from ESCP Europe (2007), and has held senior positions at the Sharjah Art Foundation and Art Dubai, two leading cultural institutions based in the United Arab Emirates.

She co-led the reading group and screening series The Political Imaginary of Waiting.

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Patrick Brodie

Organizing Member

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University  | Montreal - Canada | Started 2016

 

MA in  Film Studies | Columbia University | New York - US | 2016

 

BS in Film and Video | Drexel University | Philadelphia - US | 2014

 

Patrick Brodie is a PhD candidate in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. He received his MA in Film Studies from Columbia University. His dissertation project investigates Irish media industries, infrastructure, and built space in relation to financialization in the post-crisis environment. Motivating much of his research is an interest in sovereignty, territory, and categories of the political in the era of finance capital. In particular, he is concerned largely with how global logistical infrastructure coordinates movement across space and time, and where media—as industry or material—is mobilized in this circulatory dynamic of capital. His work has appeared in Nordic Irish Studies Journal, Pause Button, and Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, and he has forthcoming pieces in Spectator and Culture Machine. He is a member of the Global Emergent Media Lab at Concordia University, a member of the editorial collective of Synoptique, and is co-editing with Weixian Pan and Lisa Han an upcoming issue of the journal entitled “Becoming Environmental: Media, Logistics, and Ecological Change.” His research interests include piracy and informality, media industry studies, logistics and supply chains of media, infrastructure studies, free trade zones, and theories of political subjectivity.

Patrick is currently co-organizing the Works-in-Progress series. He also co-led the Life-Streaming Working Group and was part of the organizing committee for The Labour in Media (Studies) Conference.

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Piyusha Chatterjee

Research Assistant

PhD Individualized Program | Concordia University | Montreal - Canada | Started Sept 2015

MA | English | Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages | Lucknow Campus - India | 2004

BA (Hons) | English | Miranda House College for Women, University of Delhi | New Delhi - India | 2002

Piyusha Chatterjee is a PhD student in an interdisciplinary program at Concordia University in Montreal. Her interests are in the field of oral history, political economy of the city, post-industrial landscapes, sound studies, media publics and media in Global South. She was born and raised in India and has a Bachelor's degree in English literature from Delhi University and a Master's degree from the English and Foreign Languages University in Lucknow. She worked as a news editor for newspapers for eight years. Her two-year stint as a curator at the Center for Public History, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, in Bangalore introduced her to oral history methodology and projects. She is currently rethinking her PhD proposal through an intersection of urbanism, media and oral history.

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Muhammad El Khairy

Organizing Member

MFA Studio Art: Film production | Concordia University | Montréal - Canada | Started 2016 - Ongoing

B.A Communications and Humanities | York University | Toronto - Canada | 2005

Muhammad Nour-Elkhairy is a Palestinian filmmaker and video artist from Jordan and is currently pursuing his MFA in Film Production at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada

He co-led the reading group and screening series The Political Imaginary of Waiting.

 

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Giuseppe Fidotta

Organizing Member

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University | Montreal - Canada | Started 2016

PhD in Film Studies | Università di Udine | Italy | 2016

MA in Film Studies | Università di Udine/Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3 | 2012

BA in Film Studies | Università di Bologna | Italy | 2009
 

Giuseppe Fidotta is a PhD student in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. His key research areas are Italian media history, visual culture, film geography, and political history. His work has been published in journals such as NECSUS: European Journal of Media Studies, Journal of Italian Cinema and Media Studies, Fata Morgana, and Immagine. He also co-edited At the Borders of (Film) History. Temporality, Archaeology, Theories (Forum, Udine 2015) and Introduzione all'archeologia dei media (Meltemi, Rome 2017).

Giuseppe co-led the reading and research group Populist Media, Popular Culture, Political Theory, and he organized along Joaquín Serpe the 2017-2018 Seminar in Media and Political Theory: Populism.

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Iuliia Glushneva

Organizing Member

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University | Montreal - Canada | Started 2017

 

MA in Film and Media Studies | University of Kansas | the United States | 2017

 

BA in Translation Studies (Literary Translation: English into Russian) | Siberian Federal University | Russia | 2014

 

BA in History and Philosophy | Siberian Federal University | Russia | 2012

 

Iuliia Glushneva is a PhD student in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. Her current research deals with the role of linguistic translation in global media flows, with a particular focus on the histories of translation’s engagement with technology and on translation practices in (post)socialist screen cultures.

 

Iuliia is a co-organizer of the research seminar Media and Migration: (Post)colonial and (Post)socialist Legacies (2019-2020). 

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Sabah Haider

Resident Artist

PhD in Humanities | Concordia University - Department of Social Anthropology and Ethnology, EHESS, Paris | Canada - France

MA Film Studies | University College London | UK |


BA Political Science | University of Guelph | Canada |


Sabah Haider is a filmmaker and writer based between Paris, Beirut and Montreal and is an alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre and the Berlinale Talents program. Her scholarly research interests encompass mapping, media industries, digital culture, interactive film and media, sensory ethnography, visuality, subaltern and postcolonial archives, and “history from below”. A key question motivating her doctoral project is how can digital tools intersect with visual and sensorial ethnography to excavate new anthropologies and propose alternative or new understandings of history and discourse?

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Rebecca Holt

Lab Coordinator

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University | Montreal - Canada | Started 2015

MA in Film Studies | Concordia University | Montreal - Canada | 2017

BA in Film Studies | Portland State University | US | 2013

Rebecca Holt is a Phd student in Moving Image Studies at Concordia University. Her research is concerning the sensual and technological structures of free online pornography. Her forthcoming Masters' thesis analyses the PornHub Insights Blog with a specific focus on their use of big data and data visualization.

She co-leads the Porn Studies Reading Group.

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Sarika Joglekar

Organizing Member

MA in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University | Montréal – Canada | Started 2018

 

BBA in Business Administration | Emory University Goizueta Business School | Atlanta – U.S. | 2016

 

Sarika Joglekar is a Master’s student in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University in Montréal. She is from Atlanta, Georgia, where she worked as a programmer at Turner Classic Movies (TCM) and FilmStruck. Her areas of interest include new media, political theory, and labor in the film and media industries. 

 

She is currently a member of the programming committee for Cinema in the Midst of Struggle, a screening series engaging with historical and contemporary works on anti-colonial, anti-racist, anti-imperialist, anti-capitalist struggles.

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Sima Kokotović

Organizing Member

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University | Montreal - Canada | Started 2015

MA in Film and Media Studies | Emory University | Altanta - US | 2015

BA in Art History | University of Belgrade | Serbia | 2012

 

I am a film and media studies grad student living in Montreal at the time. My work focuses on getting some clue about existing and potential relationships between academic research, left politics and radical film and media cultures in these harsh neoliberal times. 

He started the Cinema in the Midst of Struggle screening series and co-led the Politics of Alternative Media.

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Teagan Lance

Technician / Coordinator

MFA in Studio Arts, Film Production | Concordia University | Montréal – Canada | 2019

 

BA Specialization in Film Production | Concordia University | Montréal – Canada | 2014

 

Teagan Lance is an MFA graduate from Concordia, during her studies she first started working with the GEM Lab. She went on to do the tangible work of managing the lab space, provisioning it’s equipment, handling installations and holding workshops to make the equipment accessible to the members of the lab. Her film practice centers on hybrid documentary formal methods with a focus on Trans and Queer stories and representation in film, her thesis film features these topics, titled “Beautiful Alchemy”.

She continues to be the main technician at the lab, as well as coordinating and facilitating events, managing elements of the website design and advertising for lab events.

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Marco Meneghin

Organizing Member

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University | Montréal – Canada | Started 2018

MA in Film Studies | University College London (UCL) | London – United Kingdom | 2017

MA in Renaissance English Literature | Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia | Italy |2015

BA in Latin American and English Literatures and Cultures | Università Ca’ Foscari di Venezia | Italy | 2010

 

Marco Meneghin is a PhD student in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University, Montréal. His current research interrogates issues of imperfection and popularisation through music of audio-visual media produced in post-revolutionary Cuba. His other interests are the repurposing of photography and film within indigenous epistemologies in Latin America and the Pacific, cinema and architecture, and issues of participatory media production. 

He co-leads the Cinema in the Midst of Struggle screening series (2019-2020).

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Ylenia Olibet

Organizing Member

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University  | Montreal - Canada | Started 2016

 

MA in Film Studies | Università Roma Tre, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, Université de Montréal | Rome – Italy, Paris – France, Montreal - Canada | 2015

 

BA in Literature and Performative Arts | Università degli Studi di Roma - La Sapienza | Rome - Italy | 2013

 

Ylenia Olibet is a Fourth Year PhD Student in Film and Moving Images studies at Concordia University, Montreal. Her interests of research focus on feminist film theory, transnational approaches to film studies, and digital media. Her dissertation project investigates contemporary feminist film culture in Québec from a transnational perspective, focusing on the networks, the technological infrastructures, and the institutions that enable the development of embodied and situated forms of feminist audiovisual culture. Her research is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et Culture. She is the co-editor in chief of Synoptique - An online journal of Film and Moving Images Studies. Within the Gem Lab, she was in the organizing committee for The Labour of Media (Studies) Conference and she co-organized the research group on Alternative Knowledge.

Ylenia is currently co-organizing the Works-in-Progress series with Patrick Brodie and Lola Rémy. 

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Nelly Y. Pinkrah

Organizing Member

Nelly Y. Pinkrah is a Ph.D. student at the DFG funded research training group »Cultures of Critique« and research assistant at Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany. Her research is interested in following Édouard Glissants oeuvre comprised of his poetics and poetic knowledge, his understanding of and play with language, and of revolutionary concepts such as Creolization, Relation and opacity to link it to a cybernetic epistemology, to computational knowledge and realities, and to contemporary politics. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnology, African Studies and Sociology and a Master’s Degree (with distinction) in »Culture, Arts, and Media – Kulturwissenschaften«. From November 2012 until October 2013 she co-organized the annual conference of the German Society for Media Studies and since November 2013 she has been working at the Centre for Digital Cultures in Lueneburg. She is actively engaged in different political projects and is a Humanity in Action senior fellow. Her areas of interest are: (digital) media and technology, political thought and practices, black feminist and postcolonial theory, decoloniality, and cultural history.

She worked at the GEM Lab in the Media and Paranoia project.

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Tanvi Rajvanshi

Organizing Member

Master of Arts in Film Studies | Concordia University | Montreal, Canada | (2018-)
 

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) in English Literature | National University of Singapore | Singapore | (2012-2016)

Tanvi Rajvanshi is currently pursuing her MA in Film Studies at Concordia University in Montreal. She moved to Montreal from Singapore, where she did her undergraduate studies in English Literature. Her research interests include Southeast Asian screen cultures, with a particular focus on the experimental. 

 

Tanvi is co-leading Cinema in the Midst of Struggle (2019-2020), a screening series examining films emerging out of anti-colonial, anti-racist, anti-imperialist, and anti-capitalist struggles.

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Lola Rémy

Organizing Member

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University | Montreal, Canada | Started 2016

 

MA in History of Arts | Université Paris Sorbonne | Paris, France | 2016

 

BA in History of Arts and Archeology | Université Paris Sorbonne | Paris, France | 2013

 

BA in English Literature | Université Paris Sorbonne | Paris, France | 2012

 

Lola Rémy is a doctoral candidate in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. Her research investigates and contextualizes the formation of a post-war universalist discourse as expressed in experimental film practices of assemblage. She offers a decolonizing perspective on the appropriation of Indigenous artefacts and imagery, at the core of this discourse. Her work has been published in NECSUS European Journal of Media Studies. She is the co-editor in chief of Synoptique, A Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies.

 

Lola is currently co-organizing the Works-in-Progress series. She has also organized the “Alternative Knowledge” research group in the GEM Lab, and the “Labour of Media (Studies)” conference (November 2018).

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Jacqueline Ristola

Organizing Member

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University | Montreal - Canada | Started 2017

 

MA in Cinema and Media Studies | York University | Toronto - Canada | 2017

 

BA in Film and Media Studies | Calvin University | Grand Rapids - US | 2013
 

Jacqueline Ristola is a PhD candidate in Film and Moving Image Studies at Concordia University, Montreal. She received her master’s degree in Cinema and Media studies from York University in 2017, where she also received a Graduate Diploma in Asian Studies from the York Centre for Asian Research. Her research areas include animation/anime studies, media industry studies, and queer theory. Her work is published in Animation Studies Online Journal, where she was awarded the inaugural Maureen Furniss Student Essay Award. She is currently a co-editor of a forthcoming issue on LGBTQ Animation for Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, and also has a forthcoming chapter in Representation in Steven Universe (Palgrave).

 

 

Jacqueline co-leads the reading and research group Animating Television.

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Viviane Saglier

Research Fellow

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University | Montreal - Canada | 2019

 

Viviane Saglier received her PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies from Concordia University in Montreal. She also holds an MA in Film Studies from Concordia, a BA in Art History from the École du Louvre, and a BA in Film and French Modern Literature from Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle. Viviane’s FRQSC-funded doctoral thesis, Paradoxical Economies: A Time for Palestinian Cinema (2019), analyzed the material conditions of possibility and the imaginaries that sustain the contemporary project of a transnational Palestinian film industry. Her postdoctoral research further examines creative economies at the scale of the Arab world. More particularly, she is interested in the theoretical potential of crossing the study of affect, media infrastructures, and human rights economies to understand the formation of contemporary political images. Her writings on Arab cinema, media economies, and transnational solidarity have appeared in several peer-reviewed journals and edited collections. Outside the university, she curates programs of Arab cinema and political documentaries. At McGill, Viviane works under the supervision of Diana Allan in the Department of Anthropology and the Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID).

She started the Works-in-Progress (WIP) series and co-led the Political Imaginaries of Waiting working group.

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Joaquin Serpe

Lab Coordinator

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University | Montreal - Canada | Started 2015

MA in Film Studies | Concordia University | Montreal - Canada | 2015

BFA in Audiovisual Design | University of Buenos Aires | Buenos Aires - Argentina | 2011

 

Joaquín Serpe is a Film and Moving Image Studies PhD student at Concordia University, Montreal. An Audiovisual Designer from the University of Buenos Aires, Joaquin worked in the Argentine public television industry as a sound engineer before starting his graduate studies in Canada. For his doctoral project, he examines emergent modes of public intellectuality and cultural pedagogy across contemporary media, paying particular attention to digital platforms and social media networks. His research interests include political theory, the economies of media industries, labor practices in cinema and television, and contemporary Latin American and Eastern European cinema.

Joaquín co-led the reading and research group Populist Media, Popular Culture, Political Theory, and he organized along Giuseppe Fidotta the 2017-2018 Seminar in Media and Political Theory: Populism.

He also coordinated the Media & Paranoia reading group, as well as the Life-Streaming Working Group.

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Egor Shmonin

Organizing Member

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University | Montreal - Canada | Started 2016

MA in Art Criticism | St. Petersburg State University | Russia | 2013

BA in Film and Video | St. Petersburg State University | Russia | 2011

 

Born and raised in Russia, I hold a BA and MA from Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in St. Petersburg with a major in Contemporary Art and Film Criticism. As a video artist and curator, I constantly navigated the borders between the digital and the analogue, cultural identity and colonial history, personal narratives and collective memory. For several years, I’ve been working as a Film festival curator and manager in Saint Petersburg

 

Currently, I am a PhD student in Film Studies at Concordia. My research is focused on undergoing processes and changes occurred in the post-socialist societies and cultures before and after 1989. My project is dealing with the post-conflict situation and decontamination of the cultural environment in Balkan region during the collapse of the USSR. 

He started the Cinema in the Midst of Struggle screening series.

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Patrick Brian Smith

Organizing Member

PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies | Concordia University  | Montreal - Canada | Started 2014

MA in  Film Studies | King’s College | London - UK | 2012

BA in Film Studies | Anglia Ruskin University | Cambridge - UK | 2011

 

Patrick Brian Smith is a Film and Moving Image Studies PhD Candidate in the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, Montreal. His research interests include experimental nonfiction cinema, the politics of space, Marxist geography, late-capitalism's (un)representability, and the essay film. He is currently working on a thesis project entitled "The Politics of Spatiality in Experimental Non-Fiction Cinema," which maps out the presence of a spatio-political tendency within a diverse corpus of contemporary experimental nonfiction films. In addition, he has recently published a video work through the multimedia journal Now! A Journal of Urgent Praxis, entitled Protect Yourselves: NoDAPL.

He started the Works-in-Progress (WIP) initiative and co-organized the first Cinema in the Midst of Struggle screening series.

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Sanaz Sohrabi

Resident Artist

Sanaz Sohrabi is an artist and interdisciplinary researcher who works across moving/still image practices, video and installation to analyze the status of moving image as a gateway to a larger investigation around the role of archives as the materials of times and spaces of spectatorship. Sohrabi looks at visual traces, acts of view­er­ship and their rec­i­p­ro­cal dis/reap­pear­ances to in­ves­ti­gate the im­per­ma­nence and mal­leabil­ity of archival records and his­tor­i­cal nar­ra­tives. Per­form­ing history via memory and animating the pace of memory through desta­bi­liz­ing the residual archives have been at the core of her practice-based research and writing.

 

She received her BFA from Uni­ver­sity of Tehran, and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a PhD student at the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, where she works across Visual and Cultural Studies, Studio Arts and Art History. She has been awarded a number of fellowships and artist residencies including: ZK/U Berlin (2018), SOMA Summer School Ciudad de México (2017), Est-Nord-Est résidence d’artistes (2016), Vermont Studio Center (2015) and Chicago Artist coalition Bolt Program (2014-2015), among others. Selected ex­hi­bi­tions and festivals include Videonale 16 Bonn, Fiva 06 Buenos Aires (first prize for short film), Halifax In­de­pen­dent Film­mak­ers Festival 2017, Images festival 2017 Toronto, Transart Triennale 16 Berlin, Expo Chicago 2013, and Beirut Art Center.

 

She is a co-curator of “The Politics of Alternative Media.”

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Nikola Stepić

Organizing Member

PhD in Humanities | Concordia University | Montreal – Canada | Started 2015

 

MA in Film Studies | Concordia University | Montreal – Canada | 2015

 

BA in English Language and Literature | University of Novi Sad | Novi Sad – Serbia | 2012

 

Nikola Stepić works in the fields of Film Studies, English and Art History. His current research deals with the city as both a readable interface of desire and sexuality, and as a set of technologies that contribute to the formation of sexual identity. Nikola has published and presented widely on his interests in gender and sexuality, material cultures of masculinity, popular culture, porn and HIV/AIDS. His work can be read in Angelaki Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, the European Journal of American Studies, The Journal of Religion and Culture and others. An international student from Serbia, he resides in Montreal.

 

Nikola was a Concordia Public Scholar for the academic year 2018-2019. He is co-leading the Porn Studies reading and research group.

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Ishita Tiwary

Post-Doctoral Fellow

PhD Cinema Studies | Jawaharlal Nehru University | New Delhi, India | 2019

 

Ishita Tiwary is a Horizon Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Cinema, Concordia University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of media infrastructures, video cultures, aesthetics and migration practices in South and East Asia. It has been published in Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies, Post Script: Essays in Film and Humanities, MARG: Journal of Indian Art amongst others. Her research has been supported by the Fulbright Doctoral Fellowship, The Charles Wallace Grant and the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research Council.

 

She co-leads the 2019-20 GEM Lab theme on ‘Media and Migration’, along with Joshua Neves (GEM director) and Masha Salazkina (CURC). It includes a reading group, lectures, screenings and will culminate in an international workshop.

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The lab members listed here are graduate students and faculty affiliated with the lab in a position of project leaders or research assistants and associates. To be included or have your profile updated please contact the lab coordinator.

Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, Concordia University, 1250 Guy Street, FB 319,Montreal, Quebec, Canada, H3H 2T4

Mailing address: Gem Lab, School of Cinema, FB 319, Concordia University, 

1455 Maisonneuve BLVD. West, Montreal, QC Canada, H3G 1M8

 

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