Dr Priyanka Singh
- Position: Curriculum Re-Defined Lecturer in Film Studies
- Areas of expertise: women's authorship and representation in Indian cinema, feminism, postcolonialism, LGBTQ issues, subalternity, psychoanalysis, identity politics, decolonisation, marginalised and minority narratives.
- Location: 2.23 Michael Sadler Building
- Website: Twitter | LinkedIn | ORCID
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 Arts,London 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 conference papers/presentation
- 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.
- 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.
- “Emerging Curators Lab” UK Asian Film Festival (UKAFF), 2022
- ‘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, 2023) (in press)
- Female Desire in Contemporary Bollywood (Routledge, 2023) (in press)
- PhD in Film Studies, University of Arts, London
- MSc in Digital Film Technologies and Production Techniques, University of Bedfordshire
- BAFTSS (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies)
- Visible Evidence
- The Society for Cinema and Studies
I teach on a range of modules on the Film Studies programmes, covering topics such as industry, current inquiries into film and World Cinema.
Research groups and institutes
- Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures