Dr Lucy Bollington

Dr Lucy Bollington

Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Film


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2018

Research summary

I am a cultural theorist with interests in film and experimental literature since 1960. My research focuses on the relationship between politics and aesthetics and has addressed topics including conflict, technology and the body. I am currently completing a book entitled The Art of Necropolitics: Death and Power in Contemporary Mexican Culture, and writing a second book on technology and the body in artist's film after the internet, the first part of which focuses on the films of Hito Steyerl.

I have been involved in several collaborative projects. I am contributing co-editor, with Paul Merchant, of Latin American Culture and the Limits of the Human (2020), a book that examines how discourses of humanism and posthumanism have been marshalled and challenged by artistic and historical texts in the region. With Annie Ring, I am currently engaged in a project that examines how transnational moving image art and screen media index the uncertainty and turbulence brought about by technological and informational change under late modernity. With Annie Ring and Emily Baker, I convene a theory reading group on 'Internet, Matter, World'.

Teaching summary

I lecture across Comparative Literature, Film and Visual Studies and Latin American Cultural Studies.

In 2020-2021, I convene the following undergraduate modules: 'Word, Image, Sound', 'Experimental Film and Video: Between Gallery and Cinema', 'The Visual Politics of the Drug Wars', and, with Florian Mussgnug, 'Twenty-First Century Fiction'. With Emily Baker, I also co-run MA modules in 'Neoliberalism, Necrocapitalism and the Aesthetics of Precarity' and 'Politics, Conflict, Revolution: From Third Cinema to the Poor Image'.


BA (Hons) (Warwick & Columbia University); MPhil (Cantab); PhD (Cantab).

Prior to joining the School of European Languages, Culture and Society, I was postdoctoral Junior Research Fellow at UCL's Institute of Advanced Studies.