Skip to main content

Ishita Tiwary

Assistant Professor, Cinema
Canada Research Chair, Media and Migration, Cinema

Ishita Tiwary's research interests include video cultures, media infrastructures, migration, contraband media practices, and media aesthetics. She has published essays in Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies, Post Script: Essays in Film and Humanities, Culture Machine, MARG: Journal of Indian Art, and in edited collections on topics of media piracy, video histories, and streaming platforms. 

She is currently working on two projects. The first is her book monograph that traces the history of analog video cultures in India through an infrastructural lens. The second research project tracks the migration of pirated media objects and people from China to India via the Nepal border through bazaar spaces. 

video cultures, video platforms, media infrastructures, migration, informal media practices

Teaching activities

PhD Pro Seminar: FMST 807/2214A: Media and Migration

Undergraduate Course: FMST 204/2212A: Approaches to Film Studies I


Graduate Seminar:    FMST665/865 Genre Crossings: From Asia to Hollywood


Unsettling News: Newstrack and the Video Event, Special Issue on Media Populism, Culture Machine, Vol 19 Nov 2020

Amazon Prime Video and the Indian Media Market: A Platform Ecosphere, in Adrian Athique and Vibodh Parthasarthy ed. Platform Capitalism in India, Springer, 2020

Video News Magazine as Documentary Evidence: The Case of Kalchakra, Special Issue on Indian Documentary ed. Ravi Vasudevan, Marg: Journal of Indian Art, Mumbai, Marg Publication, September 2018 

Screening Conjugality: The Affective Infrastructure of the Marriage Video, Special Issue: Home Video and Media Texts, PostScript: Essays in Film and Humanities, Vol 35, No. 3, Summer 2016, 21-36 

The First Wave of Media Piracy, Malegaon Cinema Industry (India, 1980s-2000s), ed Nicolas Maigret & Maria Rozkowska, The Pirate Book, Akskioma, Ljubljana, 2015

The Discrete Charm of Local Practices: Malegaon and the Politics of Locality, Bioscope: South Asian Screen Studies, Vol 6, No 1, 2015, 67-87

The Suitcase Entrepreneur : Migrating Media Technologies, Migration Mapping Newsletter, Aug 2020

Dossier on Netflix in India for the Global Internet Television Consortium. Available at <> 

Dossier on Amazon Prime Video in India for Global Internet Television Internet Consortium <> 

Book Review, 'The Actors and Characters of Satyajit Ray', The Wire, 02/03/2019, Available at <> 

Book Review of Kevin Swanson and Michael Curtin ed. Voices of Labour: Creativity, Craft and Conflict in Global Hollywood, Synoptique: Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, Nov 2019

Book Review of Ajay Gehlawat, Twenty First Century Bollywood, Studies in South Asian Film and Media, Vol 8, Issue 1, 80-84, October 2016;jsessionid=2na4d5d7ph39s.x-ic-live-03

Back to top

© Concordia University