A Conversation with Laura Mulvey


4.00 - 5.30 pm


admission free

LiFTS Open Seminars and Art Exchange are pleased to announce filmmaker and theorist Laura Mulvey in conversation with Jeffrey Geiger and Nina Danino, followed by Q&A.

In the early 1970s, Laura Mulvey came to prominence writing for periodicals such as Spare Rib and Seven Days. Much of her early critical work investigated questions of spectatorial identification and its relationship to the male gaze, and her writings, particularly the 1975 essay “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema,” helped establish feminist film theory as a legitimate field of study.

Between 1974 and 1982 Mulvey co-wrote and co-directed with her husband, Peter Wollen, six projects: theoretical films, dealing in the discourse of feminist theory, semiotics, psychoanalysis and leftist politics. These include Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons (1974), Riddles of the Sphinx (1977), AMY! (1980), Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti (1982) and The Bad Sister (1982). Upon the completion of this series, Mulvey did not return to film-making until 1991 when she began a solo project, Disgraced Moments, which took a look at the fate of Soviet revolutionary monuments after the fall of communism.

To join us online, click here

You might want to view these films by Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, in advance of the talk:

Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti (1982) here

Riddles of the Sphinx (1977) 
BFI, DVD and Blu-ray





Laura Mulvey is professor of film and media studies at Birbeck College, University of London. For her full biography, click here.

Jeffrey Geiger is Director of Film Studies at the University of Essex. For his biography, please click here.

Nina Danino is Reader in Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her biography can be found here.

This is a Lifts Open Seminar, from the Department of Literature, Film and Theatre at the University of Essex.