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Centre for Film Studies

Steering Committee

Isolde Standish
Isolde Standish: Centre for Media and Film Studies

East Asian film and visual media

  • Tel: 020 7898 4227
  • Email: is16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 574
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 11am-12noon/Email for an appointment
Griseldis Kirsch
Griseldis Kirsch

Contemporary Japanese culture, with particular interest in Japanese media and popular culture, representations of 'Otherness', social phenomena and war memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4288
  • Email: gk10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 377
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-1pm and by appointment

Rachel V Harrison
Rachel Harrison
Modern Thai Cultural Studies, Cinema and Literature; gender studies with reference to Thailand; literary criticism and South East Asian Literatures in a comparative context; Western film set in South East Asia
  • Tel: 020 7898 4247
  • Email: rh6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 455
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 15:00 - 17:00
Lindiwe Dovey
Lindiwe Dovey

African film and video (particularly their intersection); filmic mediations of African performance arts (music, dance, theatre); literary adaptation in Africa; contemporary film theory and 'World Cinema'; exile/immigration and violence in relation to African screen media; structures of film production, distribution, and exhibition in Africa; use of African languages in film

  • Tel: 020 7898 4388
  • Email: ld18@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 404
  • On Sabbatical:2013-2014

Rossella Ferrari
Rosella Ferrari Chinese-language theatres; Chinese-language cinemas; intercultural performance; theories and practices of the avant-garde
  • Tel: 020 7898 4047
  • Email: rf24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 399a
  • Office Hours: Mondays 10.30am-12.30pm

Zebunnisa Hamid
PhD Student Rep
Zebunnisa Hamid


Rachel Dwyer
Rachel Dwyer Hindi Cinema; Indian popular culture; Indian film; Hinduism; new middle classes; Mumbai/Bombay; Gujarati language and literature; Gujarati diaspora esp UK and East Africa; comparative Indian literature.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4294
  • Email: rd3@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 457
  • Office Hours: Please e-mail for an appointment
Ben Murtagh
Ben Murtagh Traditional Malay and modern Indonesian literature; history of Indonesia. Film in Indonesia and Malaysia. Gender and sexuality in Indonesia
  • Tel: 020 7898 4248
  • Email: bm10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 466
  • Office Hours: Mondays 11am-12noon/ Fridays 10-11am

Wen-chin Ouyang
Wen-chin Ouyang Classical and modern Arabic literature and culture, with emphasis on narrative and storytelling, comparative narratology and critical theory, and gendered thinking and discourse.
  • Tel: 020 7898 4348
  • Email: wo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 435
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 1-2pm/Wednesdays 12noon-1pm
Marlé Hammond
Marle Hammond

Senior Lecturer in Arabic Popular Literature & Culture.  

Xiaoning Lu
Xiaoning Lu

Chinese film history and criticism; modern Chinese popular culture; visual culture and media technology; cultural governance; socialist modernity

  • Tel: 020 7898 4670
  • Email: xl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 453
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 3-4pm/Email for an appointment (term 1)
Christopher Gerteis
Christopher Gerteis

Modern and Contemporary Japanese history. Social and cultural history of the 20th century, especially the intersection of consumer capitalism and historical memory.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4093
  • Email: cg24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 304
  • Office Hours: Term 2: Thursdays 3-4pm and by email appointment

John Parker
John Parker Early modern and modern West African history, especially social and political history of Ghana
  • Tel: 020 7898 4635
  • Email: jp23@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 305
  • Office Hours: Mondays 10am-12pm
Marie Rodet
Marie Rodet

Modern West African history, especially social and gender history of Western Mali, history of West African slavery and emancipation.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4606
  • Email: mr28@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 309
  • On Sabbatical:All Year - 2014/15

Benjamin Fortna
Ben Fortna Modern Middle Eastern History, the late Ottoman empire, late Ottoman education and literature
  • Tel: 020 7898 4632
  • Email: bf7@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 300
  • Office Hours: Mondays 2-3pm
Stephen P Hughes
Stephen Hughes India, especially the Tamil-speaking south, and Sri Lanka: popular cinema, media theory, historical anthropology and visual anthropology
  • Tel: 020 7898 4070
  • Email: sh37@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 558
  • On Sabbatical:2014/15 Term 2

Kevin Latham
Kevin Latham China: Hong Kong and Guangdong Province (PRC) Chinese media, newspapers, television, journalism, popular culture, Internet and telecommunications, theatre, anthropological knowledge, practice and performance
Andrew David Jackson
Andrew Jackson

Premodern and modern Korean history and society; modern South Korean cinema; theory of rebellion and revolution; the 1980 Kwangju uprising; teaching academic English.

Andrew Gerstle
Drew Gerstle Japanese literature, drama and thought, primarily of the Tokugawa period, with particular interest in Bunraku and Kabuki theatre and the plays of Chikamatsu
  • Tel: 020 7898 4207
  • Email: ag4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 390
  • On Sabbatical:On leave, 2014-15
Tania Tribe
Tania Tribe Painting in Africa and the Americas; theory of art with special reference to Northeastern Africa
  • Tel: 020 7898 4462
  • Email: tt10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: B406
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 4-5pm

Angus Lockyer
Angus Lockyer Modernisation and modernity in Japan; world’s fairs, international and industrial exhibitions
  • Tel: 020 7898 4626
  • Email: al21@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 316
  • Office Hours: Term 1: Mondays 3-5pm

Teaching Fellows

Kanako Terasawa
Teaching Fellow
Kanako Terasawa
  • Tel: 020 7898 4227
  • Email: kt11@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 574
  • Office Hours: Term 2 - Thursdays 11:30-12:30 (term time only)

Research Associates

Hyun Seon Lee
Research Associate
Dr Hyunseon Lee

Film, Media and Literature – currently focusing on Korean Film and Media: The Cold War culture, media and gender (Korea/Germany), shamanism in visual media,  Korean cinema and history

Katsuyuki Hidaka
Research Associate
Katsuyuki Hidaka

Ozlem Guclu
Research Associate
Ozlem Guclu