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

Dr. Fathima Nizaruddin

Dr. Fathima Nizaruddin
ehemalige Gastwissenschaftlerin
fatima.n82 (at)

Status: Postdoctoral Visiting Research fellow with the Department of Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region (April 2021-October 2021) supported by postdoctoral research fellowship at the International Research Group on Authoritarianism and Counter-Strategies of the Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.


Bionote: Fathima Nizaruddin is an academic and documentary filmmaker from India with a keen interest in practice-based artistic research. Her last film, Nuclear Hallucinations (2016), which emerged out of her practice-based PhD at the University of Westminster, has been screened at various film festivals and academic spaces. She is an assistant professor at the AJK Mass Communication Research Centre, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She is also affiliated with Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) during her postdoctoral fellowship period.



Current Research Project:


“Bura Na Milya Koi” (I Didn’t Find Anyone Evil): The Philosophy of Kabir and Possibilities for Transmedia Interventions within Right-Wing WhatsApp Circulations (2020 January-2021 December)


The right-wing populisms currently surging around the world are able to form spaces of interaction in which the anger and frustration arising because of neoliberalization are channeled against the most vulnerable sections of society. Media circulation and infrastructures play an important role in forming such spaces. In contemporary India, WhatsApp is a key platform through which right-wing groups spread narratives of hate. The project uses practice-based artistic research methodology to understand the ways in which transmedial work drawing inspiration from the philosophy of the South Asian saint-poet Kabir can contribute to the creation of safer WhatsApp ecosystems. Kabir’s work stresses the absurdity of divisions and invokes love as a framing principle for social interactions.


Research Interests:


digital and embodied circulations, Hindutva, right wing subjectivity, documentary film practice, work of south Asian saint poet Kabir, heterodox systems of South Asian thought and use of film practice to create thinking spaces.



Academic Degrees:


PhD in Media Arts and Design - University of Westminster, United Kingdom

Nuclear hallucinations: creating the vantage point of tamasha through the use of comic modes and irony in order to destabilise the authoritarian knowledge claims of Indian pro-nuclear documentaries


MA in Screen Documentary – Goldsmiths College, University of London, United Kingdom

MA in Mass Communication- Jamia Millia Islamia, India




  • Nizaruddin, F. (2021). Role of Public WhatsApp Groups Within the Hindutva Ecosystem of Hate and Narratives of “CoronaJihad”. International Journal of Communication, 15(0), 18.







  • Nizaruddin, F. (2010). Talking Heads (muslim women).

  • Nizaruddin, F. (2011). My Mother’s Daughter.

  • Nizaruddin, F. (2012). Another Poverty Film.

  • Nizaruddin, F. (2016). Nuclear Hallucinations.

Selected screenings:


  • Special Mention at Uranium Film Festival, Berlin, 2017
  • Incite/Insight Film Screening, Hosted by CIIS Anthropology and Social Change and California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), USA, 2018
  • Social Justice Film Festival, India, 2018
  • 5th Kolkata People's Film Festival, India, 2018
  • Performing Protest: Staging Change Through Art, Godrej Cultural Lab, India, 2017
  • Film South Asia, Nepal,2017
  • Screening at Brooklyn College, USA, 2017
  • Screening at MIT, USA, 2017
  • Screening as part of Nuclear After Lives, University of Pennsylvania, USA, 2017
  • Screening hosted by South Asian Visual Arts Centre, Canada as part of “Unprogrammability: A Discussion on the Ethics and Aesthetics of Working Out of Context”, 2017
  • Kochi Biennale, India, 2017
  • Screening at University of Sussex as part of the conference on Poetics and Politics of Documentary, 2017
  • Environment Film Festival Albania, 2017
  • Screening at Humboldt University, Berlin, 2016
  • Screening at Keele University, UK, 2016



Invited Lectures


  • 2019 The role of WhatsApp messages within the circulatory world of right-wing groups in India, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2017 Documenting Nuclear Afterlives, University of Pennsylvania