research

Hugo Ljungbäck is an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Department of English/Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 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 working on his Senior Honors Thesis on handcrafting as feminist foregrounding of labor in avant-garde 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, special issue on “Reinvestigating Art House Exhibition in an Era of Convergence.” v. 18, no. 2. (Summer 2018)

“From Art Gallery to Movie Theatre: Spectatorship in Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto.” AM Journal of Art and Media Studies, special issue on “Experimental Film.” v. 15, pp. 135–146. (April 2018)


selected conference presentations

“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. Sheraton Grand Seattle Hotel. Seattle, WA. (Mar. 13, 2019)

“Handcrafting: Gendered Labor in Early and Experimental Cinema.” Film and History Conference. Madison Concourse Hotel and Governor’s Club. Madison, WI. (Nov. 10, 2018)

“Managing Children’s Media Use: Parental Restriction Discourses and ‘Circle with Disney.’” Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Conference. Lord Baltimore Hotel. Baltimore, MD. (Nov. 9, 2018)

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

“Shame and Taboo: Examining Conservative Sexual Values and Discourses of Consent in Craig Thompson’s Blankets.” The Shiloh Project Religion and Rape Culture Conference. University of Sheffield. Sheffield, United Kingdom. Poster, presented in absentia. (July 6, 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 College. Lake Forest, IL. (June 18, 2018)



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