TrAIN Open Lecture: Laura Mulvey in conversation with Griselda Pollock. Chair: Sutapa Biswas

Open Lecture


Film Still, Riddles of the Sphinx, directed Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen (1977), BFI

This event is free and open to all

This event is part of the TrAIN Open Lectures Series and is the fourth in a series of talks organised by Sutapa Biswas at CCW for the graduate programme. The event is in collaboration with the research group, Subjectivities and Feminisms (UAL), and is also generously supported by Film and Video Umbrella (London) and OnFM Radio 101.4.

This event is free and open to all
There will be a post-lecture reception in the Red Room

Laura Mulvey and Griselda Pollock are both eminent feminist scholars, who have through their works, transformed the ways in which we engage with, and understand visual practices. It is over 30 years since Riddles of the Sphinx, Mulvey’s film collaboration with Peter Wollen (1977) was made. This unique event will explore the historical relevance and impact internationally, of feminist film practices on visual culture.

Laura Mulvey is Professor of Film and Media Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London. Mulvey’s essay, Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema, written in 1973 and published in 1975 in the influential British film theory journal Screen, was one of the first major writings that helped shift the orientation of film theory towards a psychoanalytic framework. Influenced by the theories of Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan, Mulvey’s writings examined the intersection of film theory, psychoanalysis, and feminism. This seminal work later appeared in a collection of her essays entitled Visual and Other Pleasures. Mulvey is also author of: Visual and Other Pleasures (Macmillan 1989; second edition 2009), Fetishism and Curiosity (British Film Institute 1996), Citizen Kane (in the BFI Classics series 1996) and Death Twenty-four Times a Second: Stillness and the Moving Image (Reaktion Books 2006). She has made six films in collaboration with Peter Wollen including Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti (Arts Council 1980), and Disgraced Monuments made with artist/film-maker Mark Lewis (Channel 4, 1994).

Griselda Pollock is Professor of Social and Critical Histories of Art at the University of Leeds. She a prominent art historian and cultural analyst, and a world-renowned scholar of international, post-colonial feminist studies in the visual arts. She is best known for her theoretical and methodological innovation, combined with deeply engaged readings of historical and contemporary art, film and cultural theory. Since 1977, Pollock has been one of the most influential scholars of modern, avant-garde art, postmodern art, and contemporary art. She is also a major influence in feminist theory, feminist art history and gender studies. Pollock studied Modern History at Oxford and History of European Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Her many publications include: Old Mistresses; Women, Art and Ideology, London Routledge & Kegan (Griselda Pollock with Rozsika Parker), 1981; Aesthetics. Politics. Ethics Julia Kristeva 1966-96, Special Issue Guest Edited parallax, no. 8, 1998; Vision and Difference: Feminism, Femininity and the Histories of Art, London Routledge and New York Methuen, 1987; The Sacred and the Feminine, edited by Griselda Pollock and Victoria Turvey-Sauron. London I.B. Tauris, 2008.

Sutapa Biswas is an artist, and Reader at Chelsea College of Art and Design, CCW, UAL.

The Event will be recorded for broadcast purposes, by ONFM Radio 101.4

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