Associate Professor, Communication Studies (Screen Production and Cultural Studies)
Phone: 921 999 extn 8682
Faculty of Design and Creative Technologies
2 Governor Fitzroy Place
AUT City Campus,
Private Bag 92006,
Auckland 1142, New Zealand
- 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)
Memberships and Affiliations:
- Screen Studies Association of Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand
- Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
- Association of Visual Pedagogies
- Asian Australian Studies Research Network
- Memory Research in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Pacific
- Video Lab, Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research
- European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA)
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.
- 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