Research

My research interests are broad and ever evolving. I have done extensive research into the area of first person documentary film and much of my current research in one way or another revolves around questions of 'the political' in documentary. I have explored creative filmic strategies deployed in the revolutionary wave of the early 2010s in the Middle East. This has resulted in an interactive project, published by Stanford Digital (Stanford University Press), about independent and documentary filmmaking in Egypt since the revolution: filmingrevolution.supdigital.org. This open access digital humanities project is my attempt to perform film studies otherwise, so I am also interested in innovative--digital and otherwise--approaches to research and scholarship, as well as ways of integrating practice and theory.

I am particularly drawn to artists practices in the expanded realm of documentary, which can include multi-channel installation work, non-linear and interactive as well as experimental documentary forms. I have written on individual artists and filmmakers, including Chantal Akermann, Eleanor Antin, and Kutlug Ataman and I have weighed in on approaches of filmming war and conflict. In addition to this range of interests, I have also published on transgender representation in film, in particular on the Turkish superstar, Bülent Ersoy and her battles with the law (filmic and actual) during the time of the 1980 military coup.

The most recent turn in my research focusses on documentary's imaging, imagining and intervening in the climate crisis. Increasingly I find it hard to justify reading, writing, and thinking about much of anything else.