Dr Davina Quinlivan


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 the politics of the body. I teach on the MA in Film and Philosophy. 

Recent and on-going collaborations/Impact initiatives include work with The Wallace Collection, Birds Eye View, Freud Museum, the Serpentine Gallery and the British Film Institute. 

I am currently writing three books; my BFI Film Classics book on Victor Erice's The Spirit of the Beehive (2022), one on the British Art Cinema of Joanna Hogg for the 'Visionaries' Female Filmmakers EUP series and another on the literature of Deborah Levy and her philosophical writings which I align with cinematic thought. I am also developing a research network on Venice and Film which will lead to a conference and edited volume of essays. 

I am currently supervising a PhD on the work of Harun Farocki and the representation of the mother with the philosophy of Luce Irigaray and French Feminist Philosophy. 

Academic responsibilities

Senior Lecturer in Critical and Historical Studies (Film)


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

Teaching and learning

I have taught for over 12 years in Film and Visual Culture. I joined Kingston University in 2009 and was made a Senior Lecturer in 2014. I have taught across the BA in Film Studies, the MA in Film Studies and Experimental Filmmaking, Dance on Screen and currently co-convene the MA in Film and Philosophy. 

Postgraduate courses taught


Victor Erices' The Spirit of the Beehive: BFI Film Classics (London and New York: Bloomsbury, 2022)

‘Hair, Waves and Mirrors: Queer British Girlhood in Claire Oakley's Make-Up(2020)' in Movie! A Journal of Film Criticism, edited by Lucy Fife Donaldson, forthcoming. 

‘Siren: Ghostships and Projections in Dorothy Cross and Claire Oakley's British  and Post-colonial Film and Video', Sound Affects: A Users Guide, Luke Robinson and Sharon Mee (eds), Routledge, forthcoming.

Joanna Hogg's The Souvenir(2019) and the matter of memory', Free Associationsjournal, August 2020.

‘Lace, Leather, Indigo, Green,Ways of Looking and Being Seen:Abstraction and British Heritage Cinema Through The Favourite' (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2019), Yorgos Lanthimos: A Cinema of Apathy, Eddie Falvey (ed.), Routledge, forthcoming.

‘Hopefulness, Healing and its Contestation on Film',Lola Film Journal, Girish Shambu and Adrian Martin (eds.) <lhttp://www.lolajournal.com/5/hopefulness.html>

Qualifications and expertise

  • PhD in Film Studies (KCL)
  • MA in Contemporary Cinema Cultures (KCL)
  • BA (Hons) Film and Television Production (University of Westminster)

Areas of specialism

  • Feminist Film Theory and Visual Culture,
  • Film and Philosophy, especially phenomenology
  • Audio-visual theory, sound and aesthetics
  • Haptics (sound, sensory cinema and embodied spectatorship)
  • Cinemas and museums, museology, objects, artefacts and curation

Scholarly affiliations

  • I am the SIG co-convenor for Film and Philosophy (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies)
  • Editorial board of MAI: A Journal of Feminism and Visual Culture (Gothenburg University).

Research student supervision


Number of items: 16.


Quinlivan, Davina [Reviewer] (2021) Book Review of: 'Contemporary cinema and the philosophy of Iris Murdoch' by Lucy Bolton. Film-Philosophy, 25(2), pp. 220-223. ISSN (online) 1466-4615

Quinlivan, Davina (2020) Composite memory, reparative pleasure and the shedding of a filmic skin : Joanna Hogg’s 'The Souvenir'. Free Associations: Psychoanalysis and Culture, Media, Groups, Politics, 79, pp. 142-153. ISSN (online) 2047-0622

Chamarette, Jenny, Mayer, So and Quinlivan, Davina (2019) Towards a queer feminist vernacular : Dr Katharina Linder's film bodies. MAI : Feminism and Visual Culture, 3, ISSN (online) 2003-1673

Quinlivan, Davina (2018) An architecture of light and air, a rhythm of stillness : absence in Joanna Hogg's Exhibition (2013). Screening the Past(43), ISSN (online) 1328-9756

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

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) Hopefulness, healing and its contestation in film. LOLA(5),

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

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 (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 (2020) Joanna Hogg : new British art cinema, female identity and aesthetics. Edinburgh, U.K. : Edinburgh University Press. (In Press)

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 (2019) Her skin against the rocks, the rocks against the sky : revisiting Weir's Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) after Morley's The Falling (2014) and Freud's fable of female hysteria. In: Piotrowska, Agnieszka and Tyrer, Ben, (eds.) Femininity and psychoanalysis : cinema, culture, theory. Abingdon, U.K. : Routledge. pp. 37-47.

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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Professional practice, knowledge exchange and impact

  • Resident Specialist in Film and Visual Culture at The Freud Museum, London (from 2020)
  • I have spoken at many public events, and continue to do so, as guest speaker at The Phoenix Arts Centre (Exeter) for Reclaim the Frame, The Serpentine Gallery, The Wallace Collection, The Tavistock Clinic, The Freud Museum, BFI Philosophical Screens, BFI Summer Season (Aga Barannowska) and the Experimental Cinema Season.