ESZTER ZIMANYI is a PhD candidate and Annenberg Fellow in Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Southern California, where she also co-organizes USC’s Middle East Film Screening Series. Her work has been published in Transnational Cinemas, Media Fields Journal, Jadaliyya, and Enclave Review. She served as the lead research assistant for the book Fifty Years of the Battle of Algiers: Past as Prologue, authored by Sohail Daulatzai, as well as the editorial assistant for Return of The Mecca: The Art of Islam and Hip-Hop. Eszter also acted as a curatorial assistant for Histories Absolved: Revolutionary Cuban Poster Art and the Muslim International, which showcased rare posters from Cuba’s OSPAAAL collective. Most recently, Eszter co-edited an issue of the media studies journal Spectator. Her current research considers the historical and ideological connections between the Cold War and the War on Terror through examining narratives of displacement and exile between Eastern Europe and the greater Middle East, with a particular focus on Europe’s contemporary migrant/refugee crisis.
Research Interests: migration, diaspora, and refugee studies, global and transnational media, postcolonial and postsocialist studies, documentary, and digital media.
Committee: Aniko Imre (Chair), Nitin Govil, Priya Jaikumar, Michael Renov, Olivia C. Harrison
Dissertation: “Migratory Wars: Mediating the Cold War on Terror”