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Dr Leila Mukhida

Lecturer in Modern German Studies

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German & Dutch (Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages)


Leila Mukhida is Lecturer in Modern German Studies and a Fellow of Trinity Hall. She is interested in politics and aesthetics in the context of German and Austrian visual culture. Before coming to Cambridge, Dr Mukhida held a Postdoctoral Research Project 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, which is forthcoming with Berghahn Books.

Teaching interests

Courses on which Dr Mukhida teaches include: Grisebach’s Western for paper Ge1; Transnational Texts: Turkish-German Literature and Film for Ge6; Islam in German Culture for Ge13; Brecht, and Screening the Real: Documentary Film in the Twenty-first Century for Ge15; and translation for paper GeB2.

Research interests

German-language queer cinema

The Frankfurt School

Film sound and industrial history

Labour and migration in German-language writing and film

Published works

Sensitive Subjects: The Political Aesthetics of Contemporary German & Austrian Cinema, manuscript forthcoming (2020)

‘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


Das Schönste Geschenk (2011). Film directed by Leila Mukhida and Subir Che Selia

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