- Dr Lotte Hoek
- Head of Subject; Senior Lecturer, Social Anthropology
- 5.23 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
- +44 (0)131 650 6544
- Research Interests
- Media anthropology, Sexuality, Visual Culture, Cinema, Urban Ethnography, South Asia, Bangladesh, Pakistan
See my research blog 'De Media Automatiek'
See my academia profile.
- Anthropology of Media
- Visual Culture and the Cinema
- History of the Moving Image
- Visual Arts
- Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Asia
I am a media anthropologist whose ethnographic research explores the nature of the cinema at the end and edges of film in South Asia. My monograph Cut-Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh (Columbia University Press, 2014) is an ethnographic exploration of the practice of making and screening illegal sexually explicit celluloid (http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-16288-3/). The book was awarded the 2016 Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize.
In 2013 I received an ESRC Future Research Leaders grant for the project 'The Ends of Modernism: Understanding the Political Uses of Modernist Art among Muslim Intellectuals in Bangladesh since 1952'. I am currently finishing a monograph based on this research that explores the nature of film appreciation as a social practice and asks how the art film has been a site for political contestation within Bangladesh.
My current research engages the places of the moving image within state practices in the history of eastern Bengal.
I received my PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2008 and joined the University of Edinburgh in 2009.
Courtesy of the Bangladesh National Archive
2017. Mirrors of Movement: Aina, Afzal Chowdhury’s cinematography and the interlinked histories of the cinema in Pakistan and Bangladesh. Screen 57(4): 488-495.
2017. Film For Good: Can cinema produce social justice? Anthropology News 58(2): 3-4.
2016. Urban Wallpaper: Film Posters, City Walls and the Cinematic Public in South Asia. South Asia 39(1): 73-92.
2016. Revelations in the Anthropology of Cinema. Anthropology of this Century 15 (May).
2015. Cinema and the Melodrama of Nationalism. Himal Southasian 28(3): 66-77.
2014. Cross-Wing Filmmaking: East Pakistani Urdu Films and Other Traces from the Bangladesh Film Archive. BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies 5(2): 99-118.
2014. Cut-Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh. New York: Columbia University Press.
2013. Blood Splattered Bengal: The Spectacular Spurting Blood of the Bangladeshi Action Cinema. Contemporary South Asia 21(3): 214-229.
2013. Killer not terrorist: Visual articulations of terror in Bangladeshi action cinema. South Asian Popular Culture 11(2): 121-132.
2012. Mofussil Metropolis: Civil sites, uncivil cinema and provinciality in Dhaka City. Ethnography 13(1): 28-42. Special Issue: Crowds and Conviviality: Ethnographies of the South Asian City, edited by Ajay Gandhi & Lotte Hoek
2010. Urdu for Image: Understanding Bangladeshi Cinema through its Theatres. In Shakuntala Banaji (ed.). South Asian Media Cultures: Representations, Audiences and Contexts. London & New York: Anthem Press.
2010. Cut-Pieces as Stag Film: Bangladeshi Pornography in Action Cinema. Third Text 24(1): 133-146.
2010. Unstable Celluloid: Film Projection and the Cinema Audience in Bangladesh. BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies 1:1.
2009. More Sexpression Please! Screening the Female Voice and Body in the Bangladesh Film Industry. In Birgit Meyer (ed.). Aesthetic Formations: Media, Religion, and the Senses. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Topics interested in supervising
I am interested in supervising PhD applicants with research projects relating to any of my research interests.
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