Dr. des. Igor Krstic


Slums on Screen: A Polycentric Approach to World Cinema's Planet of Slums.


  • M.A. in Film- und Fernsehwissenschaften an der Universiteit van Amsterdam.
  • 2009 - 2012 Stipendiat des Promotionskollegs "Formations of the Global".
  • 2012 - 2013 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter an der Universität Mannheim.
  • Seit 2014 Postdoktorand an der University of Reading.
  • Kontakt: i.krstic[at]reading.ac.uk



Today, approximately one billion people call slums their home, making it a reasonable claim to describe our planet in Mike Davis' words as a Planet of Slums (2007). Yet, how has life in the "planet of slums" been depicted in world cinema? How did filmmakers deal throughout history and across geographical space with the problem of representing urban poverty on screen? To answer these questions the study historicizes and contextualizes a variety of representative examples from different historical periods and geo-cultural regions in order to provide a polycentric view on "world cinema's planet of slums". Polycentrism, the study's guiding concept, is derived from Unthinking Eurocentrism: Multiculturalism and the Media (1994), in which Robert Stam and Ella Shohat introduce the term as a systematic principle for studying global media culture from a non-Eurocentric point of view. The study discusses therefore not only examples ranging from the late nineteenth to the early twenty-first century, but also films that are set in the favelas, bidonvilles, shantytowns or chawls of various (mega)cities in the world, such as Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Havana, New York, London, Abidjan, Lisbon, Skopje, Mumbai and Manila.



  • Wunden der symbolischen Ordnung. Subjekt zwischen Trauma und Phantasma in serbischen Filmen der 1990er Jahre. Wien: Verlag Turia + Kant 2009. (Link)


  • "Immersion in the ‘Maximum City'? Interactivity, kinaesthetics and notions of embodiment in Slumdog Millionaire (2008)", New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 9 (2012): 2+3, pp. 83-99.
  • „Slums Analog / Slums Digital: Zur Geschichte der visuellen Darstellung von Slums". In Parapluie. Nr. 28: Medien/Slums (2012): http://parapluie.de/archiv/slums/ (abgerufen am: 22. November 2012)
  • "Camera obscura und Phantasmagoria: Zwei Modelle filmischer Visualität". In: Parapluie. Nr. 26: Visuelle Kultur (2010): http://parapluie.de/archiv/visuell/film/ (abgerufen am: 11. Juli 2012)
  • „McLuhan-Galaxie. Medientheorie als Kulturgeschichte." - In: KulturPoetik. Zeitschrift für kulturgeschichtliche Literaturwissenschaft. Band 9 (2009), Heft 2, p. 219 - 234. (peer reviewed)
  • "Re-thinking Serbia: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Modern Serbian History and Identity through Popular Culture." In: Other Voices, Vol. 2, No. 2, (2002). (peer reviewed)
  • "'Showtime Brothers!' A vision of the Bosnian war." - In: Horton, Andrew James (ed.): The Celluloid Tinderbox. Yugoslav screen reflections of a turbulent decade. Shropshire: Central Europe Review (2000), p. 43 - 62.
  • "Serbia's Wound Culture. Teenage Killers in Milosevic's Serbia." - In: Horton, Andrew James (ed.): The Celluloid Tinderbox. Yugoslav screen reflections of a turbulent decade. Shropshire: Central Europe Review (2000), p. 89 - 102.
  • "Representing Yugoslavia? Emir Kusturica's Underground and the politics of post-modern cinematic historiography." - In: Tijdschrift voor Mediageschiedenis. Media & Orlog 2 (2), (1999), p. 138 - 159. (peer reviewed)


  • "McLuhan as Dialectical Cultural Historian." [Review von Janine Marchessault. Marshall McLuhan: Cosmic Media. London: SAGE Publications, 2005]. In: International Journal for Baudrillard Studies. Volume 3, Number 1 (2006)


  • Elsaesser, Thomas. „World Cinema: Realismus, Evidenz, Präsenz." In: Soziale Systeme. Themenheft: Welterzeugung durch Bilder. Jg. 18 (2012) Heft 1 + 2. Stuttgart: Lucius & Lucius. 386-402. (Übersetzung aus dem Englischen)

Konferenz-Papers, Gastvorträge und Workshops

  • "Notions of Embodiment in Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire (2008)." The Cinema of Sensations, International Film and Media Studies Conference, Sapientia University of Transylvania, Cluj-Napoca, Rumänien (Mai 2012)

  • "The Cinematic Slum - Contexts, Features, Styles." Guest lecture at Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Maastricht, Niederlande (November 2011)
  • "Return of the Real? Slums in Contemporary World Cinema." Workshop: Narrative - Narrative Strategien - Wissenstransfer, Universität Mannheim (Oktober 2011)
  • "Slums, Ghettos, Favelas in Contemporary World Cinema: Three Explanatory Frameworks." Fourth International Conference on Global Studies, Rio de Janeiro, Brasilien (Juli 2011).
  • "Serbian History and Identity through Popular Culture." Workshop: Analyzing the Visual in the Balkans, Universität Konstanz, Germany (November 2008)


  • Proseminar II: History and Theory of the Documentary Film, Universität Mannheim, FSS 2013
  • Proseminar I: Introduction to Film Studies, Universität Mannheim, FSS 2013
  • Proseminar II: History of Hollywood Cinema, Universität Mannheim, HWS 2012-13
  • Hautpseminar: World Cinema and the Topos of the Slum, Universität Mannheim, HWS 2012-13
  • Proseminar II "Classical and Post-Classical Hollywood Cinema", Universität Mannheim, HWS 2010-11