Dr Sukhmani Khorana

Sukhmani Khorana Profile

Position: Senior Lecturer and Academic
                        Program Leader, South West Sydney

Qualifications: B.Media (Hons) Adelaide,
PhD Film Adelaide
Location:  25.G22
Phone:   +61 2 4221 3810


Sukhmani Khorana is a Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of Wollongong. Previously, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland. She is the editor of a Routledge anthology titled Crossover Cinema (2013). Sukhmani has published extensively on news television, diasporic film, and multi-platform refugee media. With Kate Darian-Smith and Sue Turnbull, she holds a current ARC Linkage project with the Museum of Victoria and The Australian Centre for the Moving Image examining the role of television in the experience of migration to Australia. 

Sukhmani is currently working on a new book project on food and mediated cosmopolitanism in Australia. She has also published creative non-fiction and commentary in outlets such as The Conversation, Overland, Kill Your Darlings, and Peril, and is a co-convenor of the Asian Australian Film Forum and Network.

Potential topics for HDR & Honours Supervision

  • Transnational and Diasporic Cinema
  • News Television
  • Digital Activism
  • Diversity, representation and the Media
  • Practice-based Media Research

Recent Awards

  • ARC Linkage (with Prof. Kate Darian-Smith, Prof. Sue Turnbull, ACMI, and Immigration Museum) on role of television in migration – 2016-2019
  • FCG Pilot Study Grant (with A/Prof. Bronwyn Carlson and Dr Tanja Dreher) – 2016
  • Australia India Council (DFAT) Grant to host India Diaspora Conference – 2013
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, ARC Federation Fellow Project, University of Queensland – 2010 to 2012

Professional Membership

  • Co-Convenor, Asian Australian Film Forum and Network
  • Co-Convenor, UOW Contemporary Emotions Research Network
  • Online Coordinator, UOW Feminist Research Network
  • Member, Cultural Studies Association of Australia


Scholarly Books (edited)

  • (2013) Khorana, Sukhmani. Crossover Cinema: Cross-Cultural Film from Production to Reception. New York and London: Routledge.

Scholarly Book Chapters

  • (2016 - Forthcoming) Khorana, Sukhmani. “Constructing an Ethical Witness: Exploring Australian Multi-platform Refugee Narratives” in Gareth Griffiths and Philip Mead (ed.) The social work of narrative: human rights and the cultural imaginary. Germany: Ibidem-Verlag.
  • (2013) Khorana, Sukhmani. “Crossover Cinema: A Conceptual and Genealogical Overview” in S.Khorana (ed.) Crossover Cinema: Cross-Cultural Film from Production to Reception. New York and London: Routledge.
  • (2013) Khorana, Sukhmani. “Maps and Movies: Talking with Deepa Mehta” in S.Khorana (ed.) Crossover Cinema: Cross-Cultural Film from Production to Reception. New York and London: Routledge.
  • (2011) Khorana, Sukhmani. “Locations: The Situated Influences of Mehta’s Film Trilogy” in D. Glenn, S. Floriani and E. Bouvet (ed.) Imagining Home: Migrants and the Search for a New Belonging. South Australia: Wakefield Press. 172-191.

Scholarly Journal Special Issues

  • (2014) Khorana, Sukhmani, Vibodh Parthasarathi, and Pradip Ninan Thomas. “Public spheres and the media in India”, Special Issue of Media International Australia No. 152.

Refereed Journal Articles

  • (2015) Khorana, Sukhmani. “Peepli Live and No One Killed Jessica: Remediating the ‘Bollywoodization’ of Indian TV News”, Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture.
  • (2015) Khorana, Sukhmani. “Self-distribution and Mary Meets Mohammad: towards ethical witnessing”, Studies in Australasian Cinema Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 66-76.
  • (2015) Khorana, Sukhmani. “Transnational teaching and research in Australia in the 'Asian century': A narrative-based case study”, Social Alternatives Vol. 34 No. 2, pp. 47.
  • (2014) Khorana, Sukhmani. “The Political is Populist: Talk Shows, Political Debates, and the Middle Class Public Sphere in India”, Special Issue of Media International Australia No. 152.
  • (2014) Khorana, Sukhmani. “From ‘De-wogged’ Migrants to ‘Rabble Rousers’: Mapping the Indian Diaspora in Australia’, Journal of Intercultural Studies Vol. 35 No. 3, pp. 250-264.
  • (2013) Khorana, Sukhmani. “Creative Praxis and Cross-cultural Research”, New Scholar: An International Journal of the Humanities, Creative Arts and Social Sciences Vol. 2 No.1, pp. 181-188.
  • (2013) Harindranath, Ramaswami and Khorana, Sukhmani. “Civil Society Movements and the ‘Twittering Classes’ in the Postcolony: An Indian Case Study”. South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies.
  • (2013) Khorana, Sukhmani. “Gender Mores on Indian TV: The ‘Respectable’ Middle Class and NDTV’s The Big Fight’. Media International Australia, Special Issue on Asian Lifestyle Television.
  • (2012) Khorana, Sukhmani. “Orientalising the Emerging Media Capitals: The Age on Indian TV’s ‘Hysteria’”. Media International Australia No. 145.
  • (2012) Khorana, Sukhmani. “English-language television news and the great Indian middle class: Made for each other”. Studies in South Asian Film and Media 4: 1.
  • (2012) Khorana, Sukhmani. “Reception as Activism: Samson and Delilah, The Tall Man and the Local-International Film Festival in Australia”. Studies of Australasian Cinema 6: 2.
  • (2011) Khorana, Sukhmani. “The Female Journalist in Bollywood: Middle Class Career Woman or Problematic National Heroine?”. Metro Magazine 171.
  • (2011) Khorana, Sukhmani. “Produced Locally, Designed Globally: Cosmopolitanism in Contemporary Cinema”. Metro Magazine 168.
  • (2011) Pugsley, Peter and Khorana, Sukhmani. “Globalising Indian Culture: Assertive Nationalism in Yash Raj Films.” Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies 25: 3. 359-373.
  • (2010) Khorana, Sukhmani. “Water: Diasporic Cinema and the Transcendence of Genre.” Screen Education 60. 127-131.
  • (2009) Khorana, Sukhmani. “Diasporic Dispersals and Convergences: The Creative Trajectories of a PhD Project.” Transnational Literature: Literary Migrations special issue.
  • (2007) Khorana, Sukhmani. "Photography, Cinema and Time in Jane Campion's The Piano and Gail Jones' Sixty Lights." Outskirts: feminisms along the edge.
  • (2006) Khorana, Sukhmani. "Whose Fire on Freedom Holds More Water?." M/C Journal.   


Last reviewed: 6 March, 2019