Dr Viviane  Saglier

Dr Viviane Saglier

Lecturer in Film Studies

Researcher profile

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Research areas

My research is concerned with the politics of film culture in the Arab world from the 1950s until today. I pay particular attention to how post/colonial, anticolonial, and neoliberal logics organize film aesthetics and infrastructures.

My current book project Cinema of Dignity asks what happens when cinema becomes a basic right and a material condition for collective and political life. It follows the formation of a film culture in Palestine after the Second Intifada and its entanglement with the double logics of colonization and development.

My second book project (under contract with Palgrave Macmillan) argues that decolonization is a feminist issue. I investigate how the transnational circulation of an Arab woman revolutionary icon across visual media shapes political communities.

I am always happy to collaborate on curatorial projects around Arab cinema and video art as well as political documentaries.

Prior to joining the Department of Film Studies, I was a UTSC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and an Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral fellow at McGill University in Canada. I hold a PhD in Film and Moving Image Studies from Concordia University in Montreal.

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students with interests in Palestinian and Arab cinema; postcolonial, anticolonial, and decolonial approaches to cinema; transnational film infrastructures and film festivals; and/or cinema and critical human rights.

PhD supervision

  • Johanna Kirkpatrick

Selected publications


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