Farrah Rahaman

Portrait of Farrah Rahaman
Doctoral Student

Farrah Rahaman is a Trinidadian scholar and cultural worker who makes use of ethnographic and multimodal methods to interrogate the relationship between our mediatized worlds and liberation practices. She follows through lines in postcolonial and decolonial theory, Black feminist thought, film, performance, and cultural studies, where she situates herself within a constellation of Caribbean theorists and cultural workers who have carved out expansive modes of being and relating to our environments in the longue durée of life on earth, outside of the nation state, militarism, and empire.

Currently, she is working on a media ethnography focusing on the reemergence of Third Cinema spaces being highly attune to the role of artists, organizations, and collectives whose liberation work unavoidably brush up against and strategically reject the neoliberal impulses around representation, diversity, and the industries which fuel them.

Her practice also explores the activist and artist networks in the Caribbean diaspora who are actively eroding colonially produced calcifications through their collaboration. Such collectives embody the rich and defiant intellectual heritage of the Global South to enact anti-hegemonic processes and imagine an environment beyond crisis. 

Rahaman is the Panel Producer at BlackStar, a 2016 CAMRA Undergraduate Fellow, 2018 NextDoc Fellow, and a 2018 Leeway Foundation Art and Change Award recipient.

Farrah Rahaman is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication.

Rahaman's Network

  • Activism, Communication, and Social Justice
  • Culture and Communication
  • Media Institutions and Systems
  • Visual Communication
  • CAMRA at Penn
  • Center for Advanced Research in Global Communication
  • Center for Experimental Ethnography
  • Center on Digital Culture and Society
  • Media Activism Research Collective