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Arnika Fuhrmann

Assistant Professor
Southeast Asian Studies
(Ph.D., University of Chicago)

340 Rockefeller Hall
(607) 255-3162

Arnika Fuhrmann is an interdisciplinary scholar of Thailand working at the intersections of the country's aesthetic and political modernities. Her book project Ghostly Desires examines how Buddhist-coded anachronisms of haunting figure struggles over sexuality in contemporary Thai cinema. Her current research project on Buddhist-Muslim coexistence in Thai and Malaysian cinema extends her interests in sexuality and cinema into the domain of inter-religious conflict. She is further completing a volume on the work of the contemporary Thai poet Angkhan Kalayanaphong. Complementing her academic work, she also engages in cultural programming and is part of the curatorial team of the Asian Film Festival Berlin.


  • "Making Contact: Contingency, Fantasy, and the Performance of Impossible Intimacies in the Video Art of Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook," positions: east asia cultures critique, 21.4, Fall 2013 (forthcoming).

  • "Nang Nak-Ghost Wife: Desire, Embodiment, and Buddhist Melancholia in a Contemporary Thai Ghost Film," Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, "Translation and Embodiment in National and Transnational Asian Film Media," Guest Editor: Bliss Cua Lim, 31.3 (Fall 2009), 220-247.

  • "The Dream of a Contemporary Ayuthaya: Angkhan Kalayanaphong's Poetics of Dissent, Aesthetic Nationalism, and Thai Literary Modernity," Oriens Extremus 48 (2009), 271-290.

    Updated 08/08/2013