CHR Panel: Global Horror Film

featuring work by Ziad El-Bayoumi Foty, Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodríguez, Hadi Gharabaghi, and Madeleine Reddon and moderated by Samirah Alkassim

Friday, February 4, 2022 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST
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This panel shares some of the work of contributors to a new textbook on global horror film, which connects known figures, tropes and areas of horror film scholarship, with under-studied and new explorations of horror film.  From Indigenous (North American) horror to Iranian horror ambiguity, the Hollywood produced terrorist trope to Latin American horror's processing of colonial histories, our speakers will help us consider what it means to study horror film in the 21st century of transnational cinemas, at a moment when contemporary global politics require a radical reappraisal of the racialized and gendered Othering that has become the bedrock of so much horror, real and fictional. 


Biographies of Participants 


Samirah Alkassim is an experimental documentary filmmaker and Assistant Professor of Film Theory at George Mason University. She is the co-editor of the Palgrave Studies in Arab Cinema and her publications include the co-authored book The Cinema of Muhammad Malas (Palgrave, 2018), contributions to Cinema of the Arab World: Contemporary Directions in Theory and Practice (Palgrave, 2020), the Historical Dictionary of Middle Eastern Cinema, 2nd Edition (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020), as well as chapters in Refocus: The Films of Jocelyne Saab (Edinburgh University Press, 2021), Gaza on Screen (Duke University Press, 2023), in addition to this anthology text book Global Horror: Hybridity and Alterity in Transnational Horror Film (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2022) which she co-edited with Ziad El-Bayoumi Foty. She is currently editing a documentary about Jordanian artist Hani Hourani and researching for her book, A Journey of Screens in 21st Century Arab Film and Media (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2023).

Ziad El-Bayoumi Foty is an Independent Film Director/Producer, Lecturer at Howard University, and an entrepreneur.  He holds his BA in English Literature and Film from Lafayette College, an M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin in Film History and Theory, and an MFA in Film Production from Howard University.  His research interests focus on Palestinian-American identity, Arab cinema, and the politics of memory. Ziad has taught film studies and film production at Howard University, Catholic University, and George Mason University.   He is the founder of a web-design firm, Design in DC, and film production company, Foty Fusion Films, where he produces films that focus on underrepresented stories with strong social justice themes. 

Gabriel Eljaiek-Rodríguez is a Colombian writer and academic. He teaches at Spelman College in Atlanta and has written extensively on the Latin American Gothic, Horror cinema, and cultural migration. He is the author of Selva de fantasmas: El gótico en la literatura y el cine latinoamericanos (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, 2017); The Migration and Politics of Monsters in Latin American Cinema (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), Colombian Gothic in Cinema and Literature (Anthem Press, 2021), and Baroque Aesthetic in Contemporary American Horror (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

Hadi Gharabaghi has a PhD in Cinema Studies from New York University. His archival research makes a case for the emergence of documentary diplomacy during the early history of the United States Information Service (USIS)/Iran relations. His publications include a chapter in the edited volume Cinema of the Arab World: Contemporary Directions in Theory and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), an essay in  the Summer 2021 issue of the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, a special issue of Journal of e-Media Studies (co-edited with Bret Vukoder, forthcoming 2021), and edited volume, Governing Genealogies of Film Education (co-edited with Terri Ginsberg, forthcoming 2022).  

Madeleine Reddon is a PhD candidate in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and recipient of the CGS doctoral Joseph-Armand Bombardier scholarship. She has recently published an article in Canada and Beyond: A Journal of Canadian Literary and Cultural Studies: “Indigenous Modernism: Dehabituating Reading Practices.” Her research interests include global avant-garde and modernist literatures, Indigenous studies, critical nationalisms, and psychoanalysis. 



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