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Malini Guha

Associate Professor

Degrees:B.A. (University of Toronto), M.A. (York University), PhD (University of Warwick)
Phone:613-520-2600 x 4015
Office:410 St. Patrick's Building

Malini Guha is an Associate Professor of Film Studies at Carleton University.

Malini Guha is interested in supervising students and postdocs on migration, cinema and media, world cinema, cities in cinema and race/representation in cinema and media.

She is cross-appointed with the Institute for Studies in Art and Culture and is affiliated with Migration and Diaspora Studies.

Guha’s research and teaching are broadly concerned with spatiality and the cinema, with an emphasis on postcolonial and post-imperial modes of mobility, migration, displacement and settlement. Her first monograph, From Empire to the World: Migrant London and Paris in Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) is a study of cinematic London and Paris from the perspective of migration, globalization and the end of empire in a British and French context. Her work has been published in journals such as Screening the Past and the Journal of British Cinema and Television. As a contributing editor for the online journal Mediapolis, she writes a regular column, ‘Screening Canada’, where she explores an aspect of Canada’s mediated place-making in relation to recent issues concerning its global role and domestic negotiation of racial and ethnic difference. She is a collaborator on the SSRHC Insight Partnership Grant “Archive/Counter-Archive: Activating Canada’s Moving Image Heritage.”

Guha assumed the role of Resident Critic for Knot Projections 2019: Imagining Publics, a public projection program launched by Knot Project Space and SAW Video (2018-19). Under the leadership of SAW Video’s Programming Director, she worked directly with five artists who produced moving image work that was projected on multiple sites across Ottawa. In 2019, she was an invited speaker for the Sydney Asian Art Series. As part of this series, she programmed and introduced a tribute screening for the late Bengali director, Mrinal Sen, held at the New South Wales Art Gallery.

Her latest research project examines the infrastructural role of institutions, collectives, workshops and other formations in the production of moving image work dedicated to the experience of diaspora and migration.

Recent Publications

Infrastructural Sovereignty: IsumaTV at the 2019 Venice Biennale”. Mediapolis 4.3 (October 2019).

‘Unceded’ as Elsewhere: Indigenous-Led Concepts of Architecture at
the 2018 Venice Architectural Biennale. Mediapolis 1.4 (February 2018).

Beyond the Archive: The Work of Remembrance in John Akomfrah’s
The Nine Muses (2010)”, Screening the Past, no. 43 (2018).

The Cinematic Revival of Low London in the Age of Speculative
Urbanism” in London on Film: The City and Social Change, eds. Pamela

Hirsch and Chris O’Rourke and Pamela Hirsch (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), pp.205-220.

“Cinephilia and the City: The Politics of Place in Contemporary Bengali Cinema” in Global Cinematic Cities: New Landscapes of Film and Media, eds. Johan Anderson and Lawrence Webb (Wallflower Press, 2016), pp. 121-142.

From Empire to the World: Migrant London and Paris in Cinema. Edinburg University Press, 2015.

“Narratives of Return in the Films of Ousmane Sembene and Djibril Diop Mambety” in After Exile: Cinematic Homecomings: Exile and Return in Transnational Cinema, ed. Rebecca Prime (Bloomsbury Academic Press, 2014), pp. 229- 249.