Hugo Ljungbäck is an Undergraduate Research Fellow in the Department of English/Film Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. in 2015, he was recognized for his stop motion animation research at Ljud- och Bildskolan Kristianstad, where he was awarded the Diploma project of the year at the annual LBS-gala. in 2017, he won First Place in the Upper-Level Division of the UWM Honors College Essay Competition with The Feminine Threat, his study of portrayals of femininity in early period Disney films. in 2018, he was awarded a Senior Excellence in Research Award from the UWM Office of Undergraduate Research. he is currently working toward his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres, with a sub-major in Film and Media Studies.

research interests

film, media, and critical theory; experimental film and video art; moving image preservation and technology; new media; mediation; early Scandinavian cinema; queer cinema; curatorial and archival practices; film scholarship and pedagogy; animation; The Walt Disney Company.

peer-reviewed articles

“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.

online essays

“The Feminine Threat: Reconsidering the Damsel in Distress in Early Disney Films.” Inquiries Journal. v. 9, n. 11.


“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.

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

conference papers

“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)

“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)

undergraduate presentations

“What We Can Learn from a History of Film Studies.” UWM Undergraduate Research Symposium. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Milwaukee, WI. (Apr. 27, 2018)

“History on Tape: Preserving UWM’s Educational Communications and Television Services Academic Video Archive.” UW System Symposium for Undergraduate Research, Scholarly and Creative Activity. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Green Bay, WI. (Apr. 20, 2018)

“The Emergence of Film Studies as an Academic Discipline: A Microhistory of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Film Studies Program.” National Conference on Undergraduate Research. University of Central Oklahoma. Edmond, OK. (Apr. 7, 2018)

conference posters

“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. Presented in absentia. (July 6, 2018)

“Preserving a University’s Film and Video Collections: Best Practices for DIY 16mm Print and Videotape Archives.” National Conference on Undergraduate Research. University of Central Oklahoma. Edmond, OK. (Apr. 5, 2018)

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