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

Dr. Salma Siddique

Dr. Salma Siddique
salma.siddique (at) hu-berlin.de




Lehrveranstaltungen am Bereich:

  • Empires, Postcoloniality and the Moving Image, M.A. Global Studies Programme, M.A. Moderne Süd- und Südostasienstudien, SoSe 2018

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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. She is also a research associate at Gender and Media Studies for the South Asian Region at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Currently she is working as a postdoctoral fellow at the ONLINERPOL project at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich.


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.



  • ‘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.


Video Films

  • Road Less Travelled (India, 2009, PSBT, 20 mins)
  • Who Am I? (India, 2010, NAZ Foundation, 30 mins)