Samhita Sunya is an Assistant Professor of Cinema in the University of Virginia’s Department of Middle Eastern & South Asian Languages & Cultures. Her research, teaching, and curatorial interests span world film history, global genres, feminist historiography, and informal practices of distribution across South/West Asia and the Indian Ocean. Supported by a 2018 residence at Yale University and a 2018-2019 Mellon Humanities Fellowship, her first monograph was released in 2022. Titled Sirens of Modernity: World Cinema via Bombay, the book historicizes the emergence of “world cinema” in the politics of the Cold War, and the manner in which popular Hindi film/songs negotiated their own worldly circuits through melodramatic arguments about gender and popular cinephilia over the 1960s.
Samhita is the guest programmer of the Middle Eastern & South Asian Cinema series.