Section: Staff Profiles
I received my PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2008 and taught there before joining the University of Edinburgh as a lecturer in 2009. My research interest is in cinema, visual culture, urban ethnography and contemporary art, in particular of South Asia. I have conducted a series of fieldwork projects in Bangladesh since 2001 and have researched photography, cinema and television there. My PhD dissertation was an ethnography of the Bangladesh film industry and focused on the common practice of inserting sexually explicit imagery into B-quality action movies.
I was awarded a 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'. Starting January 2013, this three year project will allow me to push my interest in the visual culture of Bangladesh towards understanding of the political uses of public art and the production of notions of ethical citizenship through art and film appreciation.
My publications include Cut-Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh (forthcoming 2013 with Columbia University Press http://cup.columbia.edu/book/978-0-231-16288-3/) and a special issue of Ethnography, co-edited with Dr. Ajay Gandhi, entitled 'Crowds & Conviviality: Popular Practices in the South Asian Cities' (http://eth.sagepub.com/content/13/1.toc).
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.
I am on research leave until December 2015. If you would like to set up an appointment, please send me an email.
I am interested in supervising PhD applicants with research projects relating to any of my research interests.
If you are interested in being supervised by Lotte Hoek , please see the links below for more information:
This page was published on 17 February 2013