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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Dr Leila Mukhida

University Lecturer
German & Dutch
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
+44 (0)1223 332 545

Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Raised Faculty Building
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
United Kingdom


Leila Mukhida is Lecturer in Modern German Studies. She specialises in politics and aesthetics in the context of German and Austrian visual culture. Before arriving 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.

Dr Mukhida welcomes inquiries from potential MPhil and PhD students with research interests relevant to her interests

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.

Research interests: 
  • German and Austrian political cinema
  • The Frankfurt School
  • Film sound and industrial history
  • Labour and migration in German-language writing and film
  • Black Germany in writing and visual culture
Published works: 
  • Sensitive Subjects: The Political Aesthetics of Contemporary German & Austrian Cinema, manuscript in progress
  • '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
  • Review of The Autobiographical Turn in Germanophone Documentary and Experimental Film. Edited by Robin Curtis and Angelica Fenner, in Journal of European Studies, 45 (Sept. 2015), 278-280
  • Das Schönste Geschenk (2011). Film directed by Leila Mukhida and Subir Che Selia