Claudia Hoffmann received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida and is now a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Assistant Professor with a split appointment in Cinema and Media Studies and African Studies. Her book project The Cinematic Landscapes of Clandestine Migration addresses the representation of transient spaces through which undocumented migrants navigate during their journey into and through a European “subaltern exile.” This study analyzes cinematic narratives in European, African, and Middle Eastern films and focuses on landscapes, including deserts, beaches, bodies of water, fields, and cities, as they relate to migrant subalterity as contested and complex spaces.
Claudia is furthermore working on projects about the Nigerian film industry, also known as Nollywood, and Nigerian émigré filmmakers who use film and other media to address issues of local and global inequalities. Currently, Claudia is conducting research on Nollywood-style filmmaking in Los Angeles. Among her other interests are African cinema and migration, Yorùbá language and culture, globalization and diaspora studies, non-Western cinemas, and postcolonial literature and film.