Sara Saljoughi

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Assistant Professor
inema Studies Institute and Department of English

Office: Room 302W, Innis College
Phone: 416-978-1050


Research and Teaching:

My research interests are non-Western and postcolonial cinemas, film theory, critical theory, international counter-cinema, and postcolonial studies. I am especially interested in questions of collectivity, universalism, feminism, and political/cultural formations. My current book project, Burning Visions: The Counter-Cinema of the Iranian New Wave, is a study of experimental and art cinema in Iran in the 1960s and 1970s.

I have two other projects in progress: a co-edited volume of essays, 1968 and Global Cinema (under contract with Wayne State University Press) and a book on stateless cinemas.



Ph.D. University of Minnesota
M.A. Ryerson University
B.A. University of Toronto


Select Publications:


“A Cinema of Refusal: The Sealed Soil and the Political Aesthetics of the Iranian New Wave.” Feminist Media Histories, Vol. 3 No. 1, Winter 2017; (pp. 81-102).

"A New Form for a New People: Forugh Farrokhzad's The House is Black." Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies (2017) 32 (1 94): 1-31; doi: 10.1215/02705346-3661982.

Jafar Panahi’s The Mirror: On Political Film in Post-Revolutionary Iranian Cinema.Film International 69 12.3 (2014).

“Seeing, Iranian Style: Women and Collective Vision in Abbas Kiarostami’s Shirin.” Iranian Studies 45.4 (July 2012): 519-535.

"Some Objects of the Affluent Society.” Inter/tidal: An Interdisciplinary Journal V (2012): 103-114.

"The Long and Invisible Road: Route 181: Fragments of a Journey in Palestine-Israel." Jadaliyya (15 May 2011).



“Third Cinema Now.” Film Criticism 40.1 (January 2016).

“Nostalgic Returns.” In Media Res (August 2015)

“History and/in the Look-to-Camera: Review of Antoine de Baecque’s Camera Historica: A Century in Cinema. Trans. Ninon Vinsonneau and Jonathan Magidoff. New York: Columbia University Press, 2012.” Discourse 37.1 (2015): 165-168.

“Review of Hamid Naficy’s A Social History of Iranian Cinema, Volumes 1-4. (Durham: Duke University Press, 2011-2012.” International Journal of Middle East Studies 46.4 (November 2014): 824-826.

“Cinema: Iranian Women’s Contributions.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women. Ed.Natana DeLong-Bas. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

“The World at Home: A review of Shahab Esfandiary, Iranian Cinema and Globalization: National, Transnational and Islamic Dimensions.” Film Criticism 37.3/38.1 (Spring/Fall 2013): 160-163.