research

Hugo Ljungbäck is an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Department of English/Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has participated in national and international conferences, and his writing has appeared in peer-reviewed journals. In 2018, he won a Senior Excellence in Research Award from the UWM Office of Undergraduate Research, and an Outstanding Undergraduate Research and Service Award from the UWM Department of English. He is currently finishing his Senior Honors Thesis, which explores handcrafting in avant-garde cinema as a critical practice that calls attention to the gendered labor division of early and animated cinema.

research interests

Experimental film and video art; surveillance; labor; bodies; pornography; queer cinema; infrastructure; media and critical theory; new media; non-theatrical film; archival studies.


selected publications

“A Cinema in My Living Room: An Interview with Microlights Co-Founder Ben Balcom.” The Projector: A Journal on Film, Media, and Culture 18:2, special issue, “Reinvestigating Art House Exhibition in an Era of Convergence.” (Summer 2018)

“Have We Met Before? An Interview with Cecelia Condit.” Vernacular 2, pp. 32–41. (Spring 2018)

“From Art Gallery to Movie Theatre: Spectatorship in Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto.” AM Journal of Art and Media Studies 15, special issue, “Experimental Film,” pp. 135–46. (April 2018)


selected conference presentations

“Taking Aim: Drone Warfare, Video Art, and the Myth of Precision Targeting.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Denver, CO. (Apr. 1-5, 2020, accepted)

“Clouds, Cables, and Compression: Making Sense of Data Centers Through Matt Parker’s Video Art.” Media Matter: Media-Archaeological Research and Artistic Practice Conference. Stockholm University. Stockholm, Sweden. (Nov. 29, 2019)

“Finding Dafoe in the Archive: Preserving a University’s Videotape Collection.” Association for Moving Image Archivists Conference. Baltimore, MD. (Nov. 15, 2019)

“Bringing the Drone Home: Resisting Surveillance in Empty Metal’s Dystopia.” Society for Utopian Studies Conference. East Lansing, MI. (Oct. 18, 2019)

“Queering the Reboot: Ocean’s 8, Fan Labor, and Queerbaiting Discourse.” Backward Glances: Reboot Conference. Northwestern University. Evanston, IL. (Sep. 28, 2019)

“Living in the Shadow of(f) the Grid: Making Labor, Precarity, and Infrastructure Visible.” Insecurity Conference. Center for 21st Century Studies. Milwaukee, WI. (May 4, 2019)

“‘Her Silent Seaming’: Foregrounding Labor in Nazlı Dinçel’s Handcrafted Cinema.” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference. Seattle, WA. (Mar. 13, 2019)

“Handcrafting: Gendered Labor in Early and Experimental Cinema.” Film and History Conference. Madison, WI. (Nov. 10, 2018)

“The Happiest Place on Earth? Dismaland and the Simulation of Utopia.” Society for Utopian Studies Conference. Berkeley, CA. (Nov. 3, 2018)

“Forty Years of Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.” Symposium on Media, Communication, and Film Studies Programs at Liberal Arts Colleges. Lake Forest, IL. (June 18, 2018)



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