Shohini Chaudhuri, Visiting Professor of Film, Arts and Humanities, NYUAD

Shohini Chaudhuri

Visiting Professor of Film, Arts and Humanities

Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi


B.A. University of Oxford; M.A., Ph.D. University of London 

Shohini Chaudhuri is Visiting Professor of Film and New Media, NYU Abu Dhabi, and Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex. Her main research and teaching area is World Cinema, with particular interests in film and human rights, film-philosophy, feminist and postcolonial theory. Her work develops transnational and comparative frameworks to explore links between different film cultures. She has written 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) – and published articles in the journals Camera Obscura, Screen, Strategies: A Journal of Theory, Culture and Politics, South Asian Popular Culture, and Screening the Past, as well as essays in numerous edited collections, most recently The Blackwell Companion to Wong Kar-wai, ed. Martha Nochimson (2015) and Disappearing War: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Cinema and Erasure in the Post-9/11 World, ed. Christina Hellmich and Lisa Purse (forthcoming, 2017).

She is currently working on two articles on documentaries about the Syrian and Iraq Wars and a new book project on freedom of expression and cinema. A film activist as well as educator, Chaudhuri has researched and curated film programmes for The Mosaic Rooms, London, and the Art Exchange, University of Essex, and has organized public film events for the NGO Amnesty International and other cultural institutions.

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Research Interests

World cinema, human rights, film-philosophy, feminist theory, postcolonial theory.