Hossein Khosrowjah

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Hossein Khosrowjah is a visiting scholar at California College of the Arts´ Department of Visual Studies. He has previously taught various film studies, literature and social science courses at University of Rochester, SUNY Brockport, Saint John Fisher College, and San Francisco State University. In December 2010, Hossein defended his dissertation titled "Unthinking the National Imaginary: The Singular Cinema of Abbas Kiarostami" at the University of Rochester's Program in Visual and Cultural Studies. He is currently working on a book on Iranian cinema.

“Neither Victims, Nor Heroines: Kiarostami’s Feminist Turn in Ten” in Situations: Project of Radical Imagination, Vol. IV, Issue I, Spring 2011.

Co-edited the volume and wrote the essay titled “A Brief History of Area Studies and International Studies: Knowing/Producing the Other and Serving the Security State” for the special issue on academic freedom of Arab Studies Quarterly, Summer 2011.

“Israeli-Palestinian Postcards: Presentations of National Self: A Review Essay,” Invisible Culture, Spring 2006.

Festival of Films from Iran: Program Notes, Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2000, 2003 and 2004.

Conference Papers
"Two Hands of Censorship: Re-Framing the Question of Media Censorship in Iran" Society for Film and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference, Boston, March 2012

Dumbing Down of the U.S. Academies Workshop: “The Uncomfortable Co-existence of the Area Studies and Film and Media Studies,” Society for Film and Media Studies (SCMS) Conference, Los Angeles, March 2010

“The Good, the Bad, and the Singular: Representations of the Afghan in the Iranian National Imagination,” co-presenter with Niki Akhavan, the Middle-East Studies Association (MESA) Conference, Washington D.C., November 2008

“Carried by the Wind: Iranian women’s Exilic and Diasporic Autobiographies,” International Society for Iranian Studies Conference, Toronto, July-August 2008

“Cinematic Encounters: Revisionist Use of Archival Footage in Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Once Upon a Time, Cinema” SCMS Conference, Philadelphia, March 2008

“The Vagaries of the Return of the Repressed: Theocratic Censorship, Patriarchal Proscription and Contemporary Feminist Currents in Iranian Cinema,” Gender Studies Conference, Susan B. Anthony Program, University of Rochester, March 2007

“Carried by the Wind: Iranian women’s Exilic and Diasporic Autobiographies,” Gender Studies Conference, Susan B. Anthony Program, University of Rochester April 2006

“Drive-by Filmmaking: Automobility and Re-mapping of the Emotional Geography of Domestic Space in Abbas Kiarostami’s Ten,” Abbas Kiarostami: Image, Voice and Vision, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, May 2005

“Self-Reflexivity in Iranian Cinema: Local Narrative Practices,” Cinema Studies Conference, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, February 2002

Courses taught
“Russian and Soviet Avant-garde 1910-1930”
“Introduction to the Modern Arts”
“Contemporary Art”
“Imaging Global Women”
“Introduction to Sociology: Fractured Identities”
“Anthropology: Meaning in Everyday Life"
“Film Theory and Criticism”
“Women and Film: Both Sides of the Camera”
“Literature and Culture: Translating Nations”
“Rock and Reel: Rock and Roll Cinema”
“Women and Film Genres”
“Documentary Cinema”
“Introduction to Film Studies”
“American Cinema”
“Film Art”
“World Cinema”
“Film History: 1940 to Present”

Adjunct Professor, Visual Studies


BA, MFA, San Francisco State University; PhD, University of Rochester