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Lotte Hoek

Lotte Hoek
Dr Lotte Hoek
Senior Lecturer, Social Anthropology
5.01 Chrystal Macmillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh UK EH8 9LD
+44 (0)131 650 6544
Research Interests
Media anthropology, Sexuality, Visual Culture, Cinema, Urban Ethnography, South Asia, Bangladesh, Pakistan

See my research blog 'De Media Automatiek'

See my academia profile.

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Research Interests

  •   Anthropology of Media
  •   Visual Culture and Cinema
  •   Popular Culture
  •   Urban Ethnography
  •   Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Asia

Biographical statement

I received my PhD from the University of Amsterdam in 2008 and taught there before joining the University of Edinburgh 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. This has become the monograph Cut-Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh (2014, Columbia University Press The book was awarded the 2015 Bernard S. Cohn Book Prize.

I received an 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 pushes my interest in the visual culture of Bangladesh towards understanding of the political uses of visual art and the production of notions of ethical citizenship through art and film appreciation.

Selected Publications

2015. Cinema and the Melodrama of Nationalism. Himal Southasian 28(3): 66-77.

2014. Cross-Wing Filmmaking: East Pakistani Urdu Films and Other Traces from the Bangladesh Film Archive. BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies 5(2): 99-118.

2014. Cut-Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh. New York: Columbia University Press.

2013. Blood Splattered Bengal: The Spectacular Spurting Blood of the Bangladeshi Action Cinema. Contemporary South Asia 21(3): 214-229.

2013. Killer not terrorist: Visual articulations of terror in Bangladeshi action cinema. South Asian Popular Culture 11(2): 121-132.

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.

Topics interested in supervising

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:

PhD in Social Anthropology; PhD in South Asian Studies; MSc (R) Social Anthropology; MSc (R) in South Asian Studies