Debashree Mukherjee and Lotte Hoek are film and media scholars whose research engages the histories, practices and forms of global media. At Cove Park, we will develop ongoing monograph projects. We are part of the BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies editorial collective.
Debashree Mukherjee is Associate Professor of film and media in the Department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS) at Columbia University. She is the author of Bombay Hustle: Making Movies in a Colonial City (2020) which approaches film history as an ecology of material practices and practitioners. Debashree’s latest peer-reviewed essay, “Somewhere Between Human, Nonhuman, and Woman: Shanta Apte’s Theory of Exhaustion,” received the 2021 Katherine Singer Kovacs award from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. Her next book project, Mediated Ocean, develops an ecomedia history of indentured migration and plantation capitalism.
Lotte Hoek is a media ethnographer whose research is situated at the intersection of anthropology and film studies. Her current book project explores art film and non-theatrical exhibition as grounds for political contestation in Bangladesh since 1948. She is the author of Cut-Pieces: Celluloid Obscenity and Popular Cinema in Bangladesh (Columbia University Press, 2014) and co-editor of Forms of the Left in Postcolonial South Asia: Aesthetics, Networks and Connected Histories (Bloomsbury, 2021). She is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.