Audience Research Unit

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A Zalipour

Dr Arezou Zalipour

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Current projects

Asian diasporic films and their Audiences in New Zealand
In my overall project (2012-2015), I conceptualised ‘Asian New Zealand Cinema’ for the first time, by focusing on the presence, formation, and appearance of a diasporic cinema understood or sensed in New Zealand through the diasporic subjects’ participation in the creative industry and cultural production of their adopted land. My research is also recognised to be innovative in the area of diasporic film studies specifically for the close attention it pays to the diasporic film viewer or audience through an empirical research framework. I discussed the ways diasporic audiences engage with such cultural products, and that their responses can provide us with social and cultural trajectories of their understanding of themselves in their new environment.

New Zealand’s Diasporic Cultural Production and Creative Practices, and their Audiences’ Experiences (2016 to date)

Consumption of Media News in New Zealand Using a Q-Sort Methodology
This project is part of an international collaboration across 11 countries. I’m part of the local team researching New Zealand’s media news consumption with Associate Professor Craig Hight from the University of Newcastle, Australia.


  • Zalipour, A. (2015). Emerging Asian New Zealand filmmakers in New Zealand cinema. In B. Goldsmith, M. Ryan & G. Lealand (Eds.), Directory of World Cinema: Australia and New Zealand 2 (pp. 311-319). Bristol, UK: Intellect.
  • Zalipour, A., Michelle, C., & Hardy, A. (2014). Modes of engagement among diasporic audiences of Asian New Zealand film. The Communication Review, 17(4), 311-335. doi:10.1080/10714421.2014.960735
  • Zalipour, A.& Athique, A. (2016). Diasporic films and the migrant experience in New Zealand:  A case study in social imagination. International Journal of Cultural Studies, 19(4), 425-440. doi: 10.1177/1367877914553725
  • Zalipour, A.& Hardy, A. (2016). Women, religion and food: Indian diasporic film in New Zealand. Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 45 (8), 775-789. doi: 10.1080/00497878.2016.1232026
  • Zalipour, A.(2016). The Interstitial and collective modes of film production in New Zealand: A case study in Asian diasporic films. Transnational Cinemas, 7(1), 96-110. doi: 10.1080/20403526.2016.1111670
  • Zalipour, A. (2016). Integrating through Screen: The Muslim Diaspora in New Zealand. In E. Kolig and M. Voyce (Eds.), Muslim Integration: Pluralism and Multiculturalism in New Zealand and Australia (pp. 129-147). London, UK: Lexington Books.