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Centre for Film Studies


Dr Lindiwe Dovey

BA Convenor

Dr Lindiwe Dovey - BA Global Cinemas and Screen Arts (joint with Birkbeck)

MA Convenor

Dr Marcos Centeno - MA Global Cinemas and the Transcultural

Research Tutor

Dr Lindiwe Dovey - MPhil/PhD in Film Studies

Steering Committee

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

Isolde Standish
Isolde Standish: Centre for Film Studies

East Asian film and visual media

  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4227
  • Email: is16@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 574
  • On Sabbatical:2015-16/2016-17

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: +44 (0)20 7898 4247
  • Email: rh6@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 455
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 15:00 - 17:00
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2015-16

Rossella Ferrari
Rosella Ferrari Chinese-language theatres; Chinese-language cinemas; intercultural performance; theories and practices of the avant-garde
  • Tel: +44(0) 20 7898 4047
  • Email: rf24@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 399a
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 2.30-4.30pm
Kerstin Fooken
PhD Student Rep
Kerstin Fooken


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 Modern Indonesian cinema and literature; queer​ ​studies and sexuality in Indonesia; representation​ ​
of genders and sexuality in Southeast Asian film​ ​and literatures; traditional Malay literature
  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4248
  • Email: bm10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 466
  • Office Hours: Monday 12-1pm/Friday 10-11am (term 1)

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: +44(0)20 7898 4348
  • Email: wo@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 435
  • On Sabbatical:On leave 2015-16
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

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
  • On Sabbatical:All year 2015/16 & 2016/17

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.

Benjamin Fortna
Ben Fortna Modern Middle Eastern History, the late Ottoman empire, late Ottoman education and literature
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
  • Office Hours: Wednesdays 10am-12pm

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
  • Tel: 020 7898 4423
  • Email: kl1@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 565
  • Office Hours: Tuesdays 11.30am-1pm
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: +44(0) 20 7898 4207
  • Email: ag4@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 390
  • Office Hours: Wednesday 11am-12noon/Email for an appointment

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: 318
  • Office Hours: Mondays 3-5pm, bookable at: https://goo.gl/U30hFW

Marcos Centeno
Marcos Centeno

Japanese cinema with particular interest in post-war avant-gardes and documentary film. Representation of youth, gender and ethnic minorities. Transculturality, new waves, film theory, visual anthropology and archaeology of images.

  • Tel: +44(0)20 7898 4227
  • Email: mc100@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 574
  • Office Hours: VS: Tues 5-6pm, Thurs 6-7pm / Appointment by email
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad
Saeed Zeydabadi-Nejad

Iranian cinema; popular cultures in the Middle East and North Africa; Third Cinema; transcultural media, especially film; film theory; visual anthropology.

  • Tel: 020 7898 4422
  • Email: sz10@soas.ac.uk
  • Room: 587
  • Office Hours: By email appointment

Research Associates

Ozlem Guclu
Research Associate
Ozlem Guclu
Katsuyuki Hidaka
Research Associate
Katsuyuki Hidaka

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