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:

Sara Saljoughi's research focuses on questions of aesthetics and politics, particularly in relation to non-Western and postcolonial cinemas and the legacies of international counter-cinema. Among her research interests are critical theory, feminism, and political/cultural formations. Professor Saljoughi's current book project, Burning Visions: The Counter-Cinema of the Iranian New Wave, is a study of experimental and art cinema in Iran during the 1960s and 1970s. She has a second project underway theorizing stateless cinemas. She is co-editor of 1968 and Global Cinema (Wayne State University Press, 2018).

Professor Saljoughi is currently a Mellon Early Career Fellow in the Jackman Humanities Institute's Aesthetic Education project. She is the recipient of SSHRC, Andrew W. Mellon, American Council of Learned Societies, Social Science Research Council, and other fellowships.



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


Select Publications:


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


Books Edited
Co-editor, with Christina Gerhardt, 1968 and Global Cinema(Wayne State University Press, 2018).


Book Reviews
“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 (September 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.  
“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.


Other Writing
“Nostalgic Returns.” In Media Res (August 2015)
“Cinema: Iranian Women’s Contributions.” The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women. Ed.Natana DeLong-Bas. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.


1968 and Global Cinema book cover