Dr Priyanka Singh

Dr Priyanka Singh


I am Lecturer in Film Studies, specialising in Indian Cinema and emerging cinemas from South Asia and the Middle East. I am primarily interested in exploring transdisciplinary and multicultural topics in both my teaching and research. Also of interest to me are the connections between contemporary cinematic themes and alternative discourses, particularly as seen through the lenses of postcolonialism, feminism, psychonalysis and subalternity. 

I am also working as a curriculum re-defined lecturer contributing to the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion initiatives that create an inclusive learning environment within the school. I am also working with Student Education Leadership in the school/ faculty to co-ordinate and communicate timelines across project components.

I completed my PhD at the University of  Creative Arts, United Kingdom in 2022. My PhD titled Female Desire in Contemporary Indian Cinema examined the way women are embodied in Indian films alongside the development of female authorship particularly in the last decade. My work aims to combine feminist scholarship, including Western psychoanalytically fuelled feminism, Indian feminism as well as Hindu religious beliefs and ideologies associated with race, class and ethnicity. 


  • Curriculum Re-Defined Lecturer in Film Studies

Research interests

Research conference papers/presentation

  • Nasty ‘Darlings’ of Netflix and the Tryst of Rage and Revenge: Film Philosophy Conference, Chapman University, Orange, California, United States of America- June, 2023
  • Terrorising Patriarchy: Transgression, Twisted Feet and Thirsty Chudail in Bulbbul: De-Westernizing Horror Genre- King’s College, London – October, 2022.
  • Female Desire in Contemporary Indian Cinema: between Psychoanalysis and Goddess Kali: Disruptions/Transgressions Online seminars affiliated with University of Gdansk, Poland – 6 April, 2022.
  • The Space for an Indian Women: Psychosocial Experience and Bollywood: I World Cinema International Conference (Cinema of India) – University Complutense of Madrid (Spain) – 15–16 June, 2021.
  • The Space for an Indian Women: Psychosocial Experience and Bollywood: APS Reading Conference, The Psychosocial- Reflections and Developments-Birkbeck University, London – May, 2019.
  • Representation of Hegemonic Power, Abuse and Class in Hindi Women Centric Films: Global Challenges and Research – University of Bedfordshire, Luton – May, 2019.
  • Intersectionality and Ideology in Cinema: An Analysis of Parched (Sex and the Village: An Indian Version): Psychoanalysis, nationalism, and Ideology- University of Gdansk, Poland – October, 2018.
  • Creative Practice Research versus the Theory I Deploy: Creative Practice Research in the Age of Neo-Liberal Hopelessness – University of Bedfordshire, Luton – May, 2018.
  • Bollywood and Women: Research with Impact – University of Bedfordshire, Luton – December, 2017.
  • The Very Vilest Cinema Things: Gender, Vulnerability, Representation and Feminism Enigma: Interdisciplinary Conference on Gender Studies 2017 in Edinburgh as a guest speaker – Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh – October, 2017.

Conference/seminar organisation

  • Disruptions/Transgressions Online seminars affiliated with University of Gdansk, Poland, April–July 2022.
  • Women, Violence and Art, University of Bedfordshire, March 2019.
  • Creative Practices Research in the Age of Neoliberal Hopelessness Conference, University of Bedfordshire, May 2018.
  • Sewing Reality, University of Bedfordshire, May 2018.
  • Research with Impact, University of Bedfordshire, December 2017.

Workshop participant

  • “Emerging Curators Lab” UK Asian Film Festival (UKAFF), 2022

Public Speaking

  • Panel discussion, A Door to the Sky, Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds.
  • Introduction, Black Girl, Opera North, Leeds
  • Introduction, Mandabi, Senegalese Community, Leeds
  • Panel Discussion, what's love got to do with it?, Leeds Cultural Trust, Hyde Park Book Club, Leeds
  • Q & A and Panel Discussion with the Director Leesa Gazi of A House Named Shahana, Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds


  • ‘The Voices of Uncertainty’ in Pandemic as Systematic Flux by Murmuration’s: Journal of Transformative Systematic Practice, (2020)
  • ‘Parched’ (Sex and the Village: An Indian Version) in Free Associations: Psychoanalysis and Culture, Media, Groups, Politics Number 79, September (2020) ISSN: 2047-0622
  • Documenting Dalit Women— Portrayal of Truth and Power in Ethics in Documentary Film- New Approaches ed. Agnieszka Piotrowska (Edinburgh University Press, 2024) (in press)
  • Female Desire in Contemporary Bollywood (Routledge, 2024) (in press)
  • Exploitation of ‘She’ and ‘Sherni’: Intersectionality, Eco-Feminism and Marginalisation in film Sherni in [Genealogy] Special Issue “Representation and Environmental Justice: Exploring Marginalization, Resistance and Empowerment in Environmental Representations of and from the periphery” (Academic Open Access Publishing, February, 2024) (In Press)
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  • PhD in Film Studies, University of Arts, London
  • MSc in Digital Film Technologies and Production Techniques, University of Bedfordshire

Professional memberships

  • BAFTSS (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies)
  • Visible Evidence
  • The Society for Cinema and Studies
  • British Association for South Asian Studies: Co-Editor of Special Edition
  • New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Films:Editor
  • British Association for South Asian Studies: Council Member

Student education

I teach on a range of modules on Film Studies programme. I deliver research-led teaching that focuses on women representation in cinema and culture. Feminism, Postcolonialism, Documentary Ethics, Migration, identity politics, decolonisation, Psychoanalysis, subalternity, Masculinity, Cinema of India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and China.

Modules I have taught on include:

  • Film Arts & Industries (PG)
  • Current Inquiries into Film Studies (UG)
  • Questioning Genre in World Cinema(UG)
  • Women Authorship in World Cinema (UG)
  • Directing World Cinema (UG)


I have supervised a number of Film Studies undergraduate and postgraduate projects. Queer cinema, Women Representation, Indian cinema, Chinese cinema, Race, and Film History are some of the topics I've supervised.In addition, I am currently supervising a number of practice-based projects, such as videographic criticism (video essays). Prospective PhD candidates with interests in Feminism, Postcolonialism, Documentary Ethics, Migration, Psychoanalysis, Masculinity, Indian Cinema, Pakistani Cinema, Chinese Cinema are encouraged to contact me.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures
  • Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute
  • Cinema and Television

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures