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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

 

Dr Leila Mukhida

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Position(s): 
University Lecturer
Department/Section: 
German & Dutch
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 332 545
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Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
Cambridge
CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

About: 

Leila Mukhida is Lecturer in Modern German Studies and Deputy Director of the DAAD Cambridge Research Hub for German Studies. Before taking up her post in Cambridge, Dr Mukhida held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at King’s College London, and taught German language and culture at KCL and film theory at Queen Mary University of London. She was awarded an MHRA Research Fellowship for the completion of her first monograph, Sensitive Subjects: The Political Aesthetics of Contemporary German and Austrian Cinema.

Teaching interests: 

Topics on which Dr Mukhida teaches include: Kafka’s Die Verwandlung for paper Ge1; Transnational Texts: Turkish-German Literature and Film for Ge6; Brechtian Theatre for Ge10; Islam in German Culture for Ge13; Documentary Film in the Twenty-first Century for Ge15; translation for paper GEB2; Queer Cinema for CS6; ‘Screening Gender’ for the MPhil in Film and Screen Studies.

Research interests: 

Dr Mukhida specialises in German and Austrian visual culture, with a focus on cinema and the Frankfurt School, sound and industrial history, as well as queer and intersectional approaches to film and literature. In her research and her teaching, she advocates for diversity and decolonization in German Studies. Her forthcoming book, Sensitive Subjects: The Political Aesthetics of Contemporary German and Austrian Cinema (Berghahn, 2020), looks to early German-language film theory in order to explore how post-1989 films by directors including Valeska Grisebach, Michael Haneke, Andreas Dresen and Elke Hauck engender a political sensitivity in viewers. 

Dr Mukhida welcomes inquiries from potential MPhil and PhD students with research topics that correspond to her interests.

Published works: 
  • Sensitive Subjects: The Political Aesthetics of Contemporary German & Austrian Cinema (Berghahn, forthcoming 2020)
  • ‘The Talkie That Failed to Talk: An Exploration of Sounds in G. W. Pabst’s Kameradschaft (1931)’, Oxford German Studies (forthcoming)
  • 'Violence in the Age of Digital Reproducibility: Political Form in Valeska Grisebach’s Longing (2006)', German Politics & Society, 33 (May 2015), 172–185
  • 'Against the Pull of Convention: Subversive Laughter in Angelina Maccarone’s Alles wird gut (1998)', German Life and Letters, 65 (Oct. 2012), 489-502
  • Das Schönste Geschenk (2011). Film directed by Leila Mukhida and Subir Che Selia