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 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 films concerned with digital culture, the first part of which focuses on the films of Hito Steyerl. My work engages extensively with critical and cultural theory and political philosophy.

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 editing a volume on Citational Media, which examines how visual culture has confronted the uncertainty and turbulence catalysed by technological and informational change in 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 and Film and Visual Studies. Modules I currently convene/ co-convene include the undergraduate core course 'Word, Image, Sound'; the undergraduate option modules 'Experimental Film and Video: Between Gallery and Cinema', 'The Visual Politics of the Drug Wars' and 'Twenty-First Century Fiction'; and the MA module 'Politics, Conflict, Revolution: From Third Cinema to the Poor Image'.

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 


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.