Associate Professor Arezou Zalipour
Auckland University of Technology
Arezou is a researcher-practitioner who loves learning, thinking, theorising and making. She has worked in a variety of roles in higher education in different countries for more than 18 years. Her major research in the field of Screen Production and Audience Studies examines the crucial role and power of screen media in fostering participation and belonging in multi-ethnic and multicultural nations. Focusing on the ways in which migration, diaspora and socio-cultural diversity are shaping New Zealand society, Arezou’s recent project offered an innovative insight into New Zealand film through the first conceptualisation of ‘Asian New Zealand cinema’ inaugurating diasporic film and filmmaking in New Zealand.
Arezou’s theoretical and empirical research has led to several creative outputs including: the production of a short documentary Paths We Walk about migrants and refugees in Hamilton which has won nine international awards; Fortune, a 6-episode drama series; a short film proposal that won the best pitch by the NZ Film Commission; development of the Onscreen NZ Diversity website; and (In)visible New Zealand Film Festival as director, concept developer and curator.
Arezou joined AUT’s School of Communication Studies in July/Aug 2018.
Arezou welcomes graduate and doctoral inquiries from anybody who thinks anything related to the areas of her expertise and interests would help them in their postgraduate journeys.
- PhD, Screen and Media Studies (University of Waikato)
- PhD, Literary Studies and Poetics (National University of Malaysia, UKM)
- MA, Literary Studies (Iran)
- BA (Hons), English Language and Literature (Iran)
- Screen production and practice
- Diasporic filmmaking, Asian New Zealand cinema
- Imagination and creativity, magic realism in filmmaking
- Transmedia, video art, poetic filmmaking, video essay
- Making contemporary World cinema, Iranian cinema
- Audience Reception Studies in culturally diverse societies
- Visual Sociology, social imagination in film audience research
- Migrant-indigenous theories, superdiversity, multiculturalism, migration
- Ethnic media and digital cultures
- Practice-based research, practice-led research, (auto)ethnography
Information on this page is obtained from Arezou’s AUT profile.
Migrant and Diasporic Film and Filmmaking in New Zealand. (In press). Australia/Singapore: Springer.
This book is the first ever collection on diasporic screen production in New Zealand. Through contributions by a diverse range of local and international scholars, it identifies the central characteristics, histories, practices and trajectories of screen media made by and/or about migrant and diasporic peoples in New Zealand, including Asians, Pacific Islanders and other communities. It addresses issues pertinent to representation of migrant and diasporic life and experience on screen, and showcases critical dialogues with directors, scriptwriters, producers and other key figures whose work reflects experiences of migration, diaspora and multiculturalism in contemporary New Zealand.
Refereed Journal Articles
- ‘Shopping in a narrow field: Cross-media news repertories in New Zealand’, Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, (2017), 4(2), 416-436. (with Hight, C.)
- ‘The Interstitial and collective modes of film production in New Zealand: A case study in Asian diasporic films’, Transnational Cinemas, (2016), 7(1), 96-110.
- ‘Women, religion and food: Indian diasporic film in New Zealand’, Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, (2016), 45(8), 775-789. (with Hardy, A.)
- ‘Diasporic films and the migrant experience in New Zealand: A case study in social imagination’, International Journal of Cultural Studies, (2016), 19(4), 425-440. (with Athique, A.)
- ‘Modes of engagement among diasporic audiences of Asian New Zealand film’, The Communication Review , (2014), 17(4), 311-335. (with Michelle, C. & Hardy A.)
- ‘‘New’ New Zealand stories on the periphery of New Zealand cinema’, The Communication Journal of New Zealand: He Kohinga Korero, (2013), 13(1), 6-23.
- ‘Pre-Romantic concepts of imagination’. Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, (2014), 5(1), 197-208.
- ‘Prosaic imagination in contemporary personal poetry’. Asian Journal of Literature, Culture and Society, (2011), 5(3), 68-86.
- ‘From imaging to poetic imagination: Contemporary notions of poetic imagination’, Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities, (2011), 3(4), 481-494.
- ‘The road not taken: Shedding xenophobia, embracing the other in Umm Zakiyyah’s If I Should Speak’, ASIATIC (IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature), (2011), 5(1), 43-53. (with Raihanah, M. M., Hashim, R. S.)
- ‘Imagination over reality in Muhammad Haji Salleh’s Rowing Down Two Rivers’, Journal of Malay Literature, (2011), 23(1), 106-121.
- ‘Phenomenological studies of imagination in poetry: An introduction’, 3L The Southeast Asian Journal of English Language Studies, (2010), 16(1), 100-119.
- ‘The veil and veiled identities in Iranian diasporic writings’. Proceedings of 2011 International Conference on Social Science and Humanity, (2011), 2, 415-418. Singapore: IEEE Press.
- ‘The road not taken: Shedding xenophobia, embracing the other in Umm Zakiyyah’s If I Should Speak’, ASIATIC: IIUM Journal of English Language and Literature, 5(1), 43-53. (with Raihanah M. M., Hashim, R. S.)
- ‘Migration and diaspora histories and screen representation in New Zealand’. In A. Zalipour (Ed.), Migrant and Diasporic Film and Filmmaking, (in press). Australia/Singapore: Springer.
- ‘Production Studies’. In The International Encyclopedia of Media Literacy, (in press), Wiley-Blackwell.
- ‘Integrating through screen: The Muslim diaspora in New Zealand’. In E. Kolig, & M. Voyce (Eds.), Muslim Integration Pluralism and Multiculturalism in New Zealand and Australia, (2016), pp.129-147. United States of America: Lexington Books.
- ‘Emerging Asian New Zealand filmmakers in New Zealand cinema’. In B. Goldsmith, M. D. Ryan, & G. Lealand (Eds.), Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand 2, (2015), pp.311-319. Bristol, UK: Intellect.
- ‘Stephen Kang’. In A. Zalipour (Ed.), Migrant and Diasporic Film and Filmmaking in New Zealand, (in press). Australia/Singapore: Springer.
- ‘Roseanne Liang’. In A. Zalipour (Ed.), Migrant and Diasporic Film and Filmmaking in New Zealand, (in press). Australia/Singapore: Springer.
- ‘Tusi Tamasese’. In A. Zalipour (Ed.), Migrant and Diasporic Film and Filmmaking in New Zealand, (in press). Australia/Singapore: Springer. (with Hardy, A.)
- ‘Shuchi Kothari’. In A. Zalipour (Ed.), Migrant and Diasporic Film and Filmmaking in New Zealand, (in press). Australia/Singapore: Springer. (with Kothari, S.)
- ‘Imaging and imagining realities: Conceptualising poetic imagination in contemporary poetry’. In R. S. Hashim, et al. Re-visioning Realities through Literary Discourse, (2007),pp.158-176. Petaling Jaya, Malaysia: Pearson Longman.
- ‘The Shahnameh of Ferdowsi: The soul of Iran saga’. In G. Subramaniam, et al. Nationhood in literature: Expressions of realities, (2005), pp.221-232 . Bangi, Malaysia: Pusat Pengajiaan Bahasa dan Linguistik.
Creative Work and Practices
- ‘Fortune’ (drama series, Season 1: 6 episodes). Chasing time Production. New Zealand, (2017). [Production Team]
- ‘(In)Visible New Zealand Film Festival’. The Meteor Theatre, Hamilton, New Zealand, (2017). [Director & Concept Developer]
- ‘Film and diversity in New Zealand’. Shama’s Autumn Gala, Hamilton, New Zealand, (2017). [Curator]
- ‘Paths We Walk’ (short narrative documentary).Chasing Time Productions, Hamilton, New Zealand, (2015). [Producer]
- ‘(In)Visible New Zealand Film Festival’. The Meteor Theatre, Hamilton, New Zealand, (2017). (with Mandelberg, J., Haines, A., & Haines, G.) [Curator].
- ‘Closely Knit’ (short film). New Tiger Media, Hamilton, New Zealand, (2016). [Performance & Scriptwriter]
- ‘9 Parts of Desire’ (written by Heather Raffo, Iraqi American playwright). Produced by Carving in Ice Theatre Company, Hamilton, New Zealand, (2014, Nov 18-19). [Performance]
- ‘For the voice’ and two other poems. Blackmail press, (2014), 37. [Creative Writing]
- ‘A constellation in Aotearoa’ and three other poems’. In R. Liang New beginnings: New Kiwi women write their stories, (2013). Auckland, New Zealand: Monster Fish Publishing. [Creative Writing]
Book and Film Reviews
- ‘Beyond the Screen: Emerging Cinema and Engaging Audiences, by Sarah Atkinson’, Media International Australia, (2016, Mar), 158(1), 135-136.
- ‘D-passage: The digital way, by Trinh T Minh-ha’, Media International Australia, (2016, Mar), 158(1), 141-142.
- ‘A Social History of Iranian Cinema Vol. IV, by Hamid Naficy’, Media International Australia Incorporating Culture & Policy, (2014, Sep).
- ‘A Social History of Iranian Cinema Vol. III, by Hamid Naficy’, Media International Australia Incorporating Culture & Policy, (2013, Aug), 148, 171-172.
- ‘A Social History of Iranian Cinema Vol. I and II, by Hamid Naficy’, Media International Australia Incorporating Culture & Policy, (2012, Aug), 144, 180-181.
- ‘A Directory of World Cinema: IRAN, edited by Parviz Jahed’, Media International Australia, Incorporating Culture & Policy, (2012, Nov), 145, 167-168.
- ‘New Beginnings: New Kiwi Women Write their Stories, edited by Renee Liang’, Women’s Studies Journal, (2013), 27(2), 56-58 .
- ‘Localizing Asia in Aotearoa, edited by Paola Voci & Jacqueline Leckie’, The Landfall Review Online, (2012, Feb).
- ‘My Wedding and Other Secrets: A true story of women of the Asian diaspora in New Zealand’ (review of the film My Wedding and Other Secrets, directed by Roseanne Liang). Women’s Studies Journal, (2011), 25(2), 117-118.
Selected Speaking Roles
- ‘Women, film and diversity’. International Women’s Day Kirikiriroa, Hamilton, New Zealand, (2018).
- ‘Film and Diversity in Aotearoa, screening and discussion’. Shama’s Autumn Gala, Hamilton, New Zealand, (2017).
- ‘Ethnic media in New Zealand’, Invited as Plenary Speaker to Ethnic Migrant Media Forum. Unitec Institute of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, (2014).
- ‘From memory to imagination and back: Viewers’ responses to Tusi Tamasese’s One Thousand Ropes’. In Oceanic Memory: Islands, Ecologies, Peoples. Conference held at Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand, (2017).
- ‘Asian diasporic film in New Zealand’. An invited public seminar hosted by JD Stout Research Centre, Wellington, New Zealand, (2013).
Recent Media Profile
- ‘Social-cultural cinema gets a showcasing at Hamilton’s Meteor Theatre’, (2017, October 4). Click here to view
- ‘Women, Film and Diversity’, (2018, Mar 8). Click here to view
- ‘Festival celebrates NZ cinema variety’, (2017, Sep 29). Click here to view
Information on this page is obtained from Arezou’s AUT profile.