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Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften

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Dr. Salma Siddique


Salma Siddique studied History at St.Stephen’s College and trained as a filmmaker at AJ Kidwai Mass Communication Research Centre, New Delhi. She completed her doctoral thesis Between Bombay and Lahore: A partition history of cinema in South Asia (1940-1960) at University of Westminster, London in 2015. During the past seven years, she has taught film theory and media production at higher education institutions in India and the UK. Her research interests include film and historical processes, film archives, auteur filmmaking from Iran, and South Asian cinemas. She is also the associate editor of the journal BioScope: Screen Studies in South Asia.  In 2015 she was awarded the DRS postdoctoral fellowship at Freie University, and is currently based in Berlin. Since 2018 she has been a postdoctoral fellow of Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.


Research project:

An Evacuee Cinema: Film Genres and Aesthetics in Post-partition Lahore (1950-60)

My research foregrounds the pre-national history of film production in Lahore, interrogates its indelible links with Bombay, and places partition at the centre of South Asian film history.  Mobilising a bureaucratic category, which was made use of by both India and Pakistan, the evacuees’ escape from danger also encapsulates cultural production during the nationalising decade in the subcontinent. The project brings together new archival material and popular films to investigate film form and production strategies in Lahore in the wake of partition.


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