Sara Saljoughi’s areas of research are world cinema, film theory, critical theory, and postcolonial studies. She is currently working on a book manuscript, Burning Visions: The Counter-Cinema of the Iranian New Wave, the first study focused exclusively on experimental and art cinema in Iran in the 1960s and 1970s. By focusing on this period, she argues that it is necessary to re-evaluate the Iranian New Wave as a counter-cinema movement that sought to interrogate notions of collectivity. Through an engagement with diverse Iranian art forms (such as poetry and miniature painting), the New Wave established itself as an alternative national project in opposition to the cinema of imperialism (Hollywood), the domestic commercial cinema known as film farsi, and the modernizing nationalism of the Pahlavi regime. Her articles and book reviews have appeared and are forthcoming in Camera Obscura, Iranian Studies, Film International, Discourse, Film Criticism, the International Journal of Middle East Studies, and Jadaliyya. She has also published in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women and the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Her second book project is a study of statelessness and cinema, which will examine cinemas of stateless peoples as well as questions of universality, style, and film language.
Cinema Studies; Critical Theory; Postcolonial Studies; Iran and the Middle East; Immigration and Diaspora Studies