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Dr Davina Quinlivan

Senior Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies


I am a Senior Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies. My research focuses on the moving image and visual culture, especially the history and contemporary practice of embodied filmmaking and material culture; European women artists and filmmakers; and experimental film and the politics of the body.

I recently collaborated with the Freud Museum, the Serpentine Gallery and the British Film Institute.

I am a member of the Childhood, Nation and World Cinema network in association with Royal Holloway, University of London, and I am developing a new research network on the subject of women and movement in 21st century moving image media.

I also recently worked as a guest lecturer in 'Cinemuseology' at Queen Mary University of London and I regularly teach on Kingston's MA in Experimental Cinema. 

Areas of specialism

  • Moving image media
  • Film and philosophy
  • Visual and material cultures
  • Haptic cinema
  • Feminist theory
  • Sonic cinema
  • Cartographic film, film as architecture
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Production design and art direction
  • French feminist thought

Courses taught



  • PhD Film Studies (King's College London)
  • MA Contemporary Cinema Cultures (King's College London)
  • BA (Hons) Film and Television Production (University of Westminster)


Number of items: 10.


Quinlivan, Davina (2017) Teaching Innocence (2004, Lucile Hadzihalilovic). The CineFiles(13), ISSN (online) 2156-9096

Quinlivan, Davina (2017) An architecture of light and air : rhythms of stillness, intimacy and imagination in Joanna Hogg's Exhibition (2013). Screening the Past, ISSN (online) 1328-9756 (In Press)

Quinlivan, Davina (2015) On how queer cinema might feel. Music, Sound, and the Moving Image, 9(1), pp. 63-77. ISSN (print) 1753-0768

Quinlivan, Davina (2014) Film, healing and the body in crisis : a twenty-first century aesthetics of hope and reparation. Screen, 55(1), pp. 103-117. ISSN (print) 0036-9543

Quinlivan, Davina (2014) Girls on film. Times Higher Education(2159), ISSN (print) 0049-3929

Quinlivan, Davina (2013) The French female butterfly collector : Hadzihalilovic, Denis, de Van and the cinema du corps. Studies in European Cinema, 10(1), pp. 35-44. ISSN (print) 1741-1548

Quinlivan, Davina (2009) Material hauntings: The kinaesthesia of sound in Innocence (Hadzihalilovic, 2004). Studies in French Cinema, 9(3), pp. 215-224. ISSN (print) 1471-5880


Quinlivan, Davina (2015) Filming the body in crisis: trauma, healing and hopefulness. Basingstoke, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. 200p. ISBN 9781137361363

Quinlivan, Davina (2012) The place of breath in cinema. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. 232p. ISBN 9780748648993

Book Section

Quinlivan, Davina (2017) A dark and shiny place: the disembodied female voice, Irigarayan subjectivity, and the political erotics of hearing Her (Spike Jonze, 2013). In: Whittaker, Tom and Wright, Sarah, (eds.) Locating the voice in film: critical approaches and global practices. New York, U.S. : Oxford University Press. pp. 295-309. ISBN 9780190261122

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