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

Dr. Salma Siddique

Dr. Salma Siddique
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin
salma.siddique (at)

Born in Nigeria to Indian parents, Salma Siddique is a witting historian and an accidental ethnographer, who specializes in South Asian cinema, partition and immigrant media studies. She finished her doctoral dissertation at the University of Westminster, London on the impact of partition on film traffic and genres produced in Bombay and Lahore.  The work has been furthered developed in her forthcoming book Evacuee Cinema: A partition history of cinema in South Asia (Cambridge University Press), based on new archival and ethnographic material from India, Pakistan and the UK. She has taught undergraduate and postgraduate courses on documentary, postcolonial cinema, exilic and diasporic film cultures and new media cultures. Before joining Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, she concluded a European Research Commission backed postdoctoral project at Ludwig-Maximilians- Universität, München, which was designed as a feminist ethnography of the Indian Muslim diaspora online.

Research Project
"Nitrate Cities: Spectatorial Exertions and Film Experience in Urban South Asia"

At the Department of Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region, Siddique has begun her second major research project “Nitrate Cities”, which studies film spectatorship in urban South Asia. Funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, the research investigates spectatorial exertions and identity politics of film reception in India and Pakistan in the 21st century.    


  • Evacuee Cinema: Travels of Film Cultures and the Arrival of a ‘Pakistani Cinema’ in the Partition Era. Cambridge University Press, 2022

  • ‘From Gandhi to Jinnah: National Dilemmas in the Stardom of Rattan Kumar’. Indian Film StarsNew Critical Perspectives. Bloomsbury, 2020, 109-123. 

  • ‘Archive Filmaria: Cinema, Curation, and Contagion’. The Past for Pakistan, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 39 (1), 2019, 196-211.

  • ‘The Muslim Matryoshka: Vlogging Immigration and Citizenship in Brexit Britain’. Social Text Online, October 23, 2019.

  • ‘Televisual Pakistan’, BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies 10 (2), 2019, 1-6.

  • 'Vernacular Cinema and Partition Temporality in Lahore,' Rustic Releases: Third Text, 2017, 1-20.

  • ‘Meena Shorey: The Droll Queen of Partition,’ BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies 6 (1), January 2015, 44-66.

  • ‘Home truths in the homeland: Turkmenistan in Usman Saparov’s Little Angel Make Me Happy,’ in R. Doraiswamy (ed.) Perspectives on Multiculturalism, New Delhi: Manak Publications, 2013, 304-315.

  • ‘Synchronizing a Self: Nation and Identity in Contemporary Pakistani Cinema,’ Pakistan Studies Programme Occasional Paper Series No. 1, January 2012.

‘Critiquing Hindi Cinema: Anil Sari’s Hindi Cinema: An Insider’s View’, Book Review 33 (2), 2009:17.


Peer-Reviewed Articles
  • 2020 From Gandhi to Jinnah: National dilemmas in the stardom of child star Rattan Kumar. In M. Lawrence (ed.), Indian Film Stars (pp109-123). Bloomsbury.

  • 2019 Archive Filmaria: Cinema, Curation and a Contagion. In Past for Pakistan special section, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East 39 (1):196-211.

  • 2017 Rustic Releases: Vernacular Cinema and Partition Temporality in Lahore. Partitions Special Issue Third Text 31 (2-3), 477-496.

  • 2017 Someone to Check Her a Bit: Feminine Abandon and the Abducted Woman in Shorey Comedies. Feminist Media Histories,3 (2), 36-56.

  • 2015 Meena Shorey: The Droll Queen of Partition. BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies 6 (1), 44-66.

Co-edited Special Issue
Other Publications


Video Films
  • Road Less Travelled (India, 2009, PSBT, 20 mins)

  • Who Am I? (India, 2010, NAZ Foundation, 30 mins)