Dr. Kirk’s research centers on language ideologies and popular culture in Pakistan, and more broadly on the instantiation of language and power in cultural forms. Her current book project addresses questions of language, performance, and aesthetics in Lahore’s Punjabi film industry. She researches and writes about Pakistani film and television in both contemporary and historical perspectives, with particular emphasis on language, ethnicity, class, and gender. Her other interests include semantics and performative genres in South Asian literature as well as links between global politics and South Asian librarianship. A founding member of the Punjabi Boliyan Research Initiative (PBRI), her work also addresses language shift and dialect variation in Punjab. In 2020, with film scholar Dr. Zebunnisa Hamid, she co-founded the open-access online journal Reel Pakistan: A Screen Studies Forum (reelpakistan.lums.edu.pk).

|| Dr. Kirk's Resume

Kirk, G. & Hamid, Z. (2020). "Pakistan Screen Studies: Widening the Frame". Reel Pakistan: A Screen Studies Forum, 1.

Kirk, G. (2020). "The Books in the Bunker: Global Flows of Meaning and Matter in Academic Assemblages". South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies, 43 (3), 537-553, doi:10.1080/00856401.2020.1745466.

Kirk, G. (2018). The New Pakistani Middle Class by Ammara Maqsood. American Ethnologist, 45 (3), 430-431, doi:10.1111/amet.12686.

Kirk, G. (2018). "Linguistic landscapes of cinema in Lahore: From Lakshmi Chowk to the Vogue Towers Super Cinema". Wide Screen, 7 (1).

Kirk, G. (2017). "Karachi weds Lahore: The performance of ethnolinguistic identities in Pakistani TV comedy". Pragmatics and Society, 8 (1), 26-37, doi:10.1075/ps.8.1.02kir.

Kirk, G. (2016). "A camera from the time of the British": Film technologies and aesthetic exclusion in Pakistani cinema. Screen, 57 (4), 496-502, doi:10.1093/screen/hjw051.

Kirk, G. (2015). "Working Class Zombies and Men in Burqas: The Terrorizing Specter of Nostalgia in Omar Ali Khanʼs Zibahkhana". BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies, 5 (2), 141-151, doi:10.1177/0974927614550753.

Kirk, G. (2022). "Gender Crossing in Pakistani Cinema", InPress. Omar Kasmani (Eds.), Pakistan Desires.

Kirk, G. & West-Ohueri, C. (2022). "Thick Description: Body Size, Reflexivity, and Ethnographic Praxis", Accepted. Maya J. Berry, Claudia Chávez Argüelles, Shanya Cordis, Sarah Ihmoud, Elizabeth Velásquez Estrada (Eds.), Fugitive Ethnographies.

Kirk, G. (2020). "'This is London, not Pakistan!': Articulations of the diaspora in Pakistani Punjabi film.", Published. Elora Chowdhury and Esha Niyogi De (Eds.), South Asian Filmscapes: Transregional Encounters, University of Washington Press.

Kirk, G. (2020). "We who have been killed on dark paths: Faizʼs internationalism and world literature", InPress. B. Venkat Mani (Eds.), Wiley-Blackwell Companion to World Literature.

Kirk, G. (2016). Photo essay: "Filmmaking Practices in Pakistan.", Published. Ali Khan and Ali Nobil Ahmad (Eds.), Cinema and Society, Oxford University Press.

Kirk, G. (2021). "Language, politics, and humor in Pakistani late-night talk shows". Conference of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology, University of Colorado, Boulder, United States of America.

Kirk, G. (2020). "Gender out of frame: Women's labor in the cinemas of Pakistan". Distribute2020, online conference hosted at the University of Toronto, Virtual, Virtual.

Kirk, G. (2019). "The books in the bunker: meaning and matter in the global assemblages of power.". Humanities and Social Sciences Annual Conference, LUMS, Lahore, Pakistan.

Kirk, G. (2019). "Filmi Punjabi: Dialect Leveling and the Ideal Cinematic Punjab". Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, United States of America.

Kirk, G. (2018). 'The Popular Film and Transformative Politics across South Asia'. Seminar organized by the South Asian Regional Media Studies Network, hosted by the Film Studies Department, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.

Kirk, G. (2018). "To dance on your corpse: Women, loudness, and verbal art in Pakistani Punjabi cinema". Society for Linguistic Anthropology Inaugural Meeting, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, United States of America.

Kirk, G. (2018). "ʻYou need to know a little yes/noʼ: Crossing gender and linguistic boundaries in Pakistani cinema". Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America.

Kirk, G. (2018). Loudness and gender in Pakistani Punjabi cinema. Annual Meeting, American Anthropological Association, San Jose, United States of America.

Kirk, G. (2017). "Kha ṛāking at the full moon: Violence, gender, and power in Pakistani Punjabi cinema". Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America.

Kirk, G. (2017). "From Lakshmi Chowk to the Vogue Towers Super Cinema: Linguistic landscapes of cinema in Lahore". Annual Landscape, Space, and Place Conference. Indiana University, Bloomington, United States of America.

Kirk, G. (2016). "Nostalgia, Technology, and Aesthetic Exclusion: Punjabi Cinema in Pakistan". Annual Conference on South Asia, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America.

Kirk, G. (2015). "The industry is finished: Emergent discourses of failure and decline in the Pakistani film industry". New Directions in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, United States of America.

Kirk, G. (2014). "A camera from the time of the British: Film technologies and aesthetic exclusion in Pakistani cinema". New Directions in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, United States of America.

Kirk, G. (2012). "Working Class Zombies and Men in Burqas: The Terrorizing Specter of Nostalgia in Omar Ali Khanʼs Zibahkhana.. Texas Asia Conference, Austin, Texas, United States of America.

Kirk, G. (2012). "Tasseled Aesthetics: Ambiguity, Tradition, and Reception in Saadat Hasan Mantoʼs ʻPhundane.ʼ". South Asia Instituteʼs Celebration of the Manto Centenary with Shameem Hanfi, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, United States of America.

Kirk, G. (2011). "Some Meat on Those Bones: A ʻHeavilyʼ Embodied Ethnographic Reflexivity". With Chelsi A. West- Ohueri, New Directions in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, United States of America.

Kirk, G. (2010). "Goris in Saris: A Critical Analysis of White Women in Hindi Popular Cinema". New Directions in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, United States of America.

Kirk, G. (2014). "Language ideologies and verbal art in Pakistani cinema: the Punjabi barhak". SALSA Proceedings: Texas Linguistic Forum, Vol. 57.