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Susan Lord

Full Professor

Film and Media

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts

The Cinema of Sara Gomez book cover

Susan Lord holds a PhD from York University. She is Professor in the Department of Film and Media at Queen's University and is the Director of the Vulnerable Media Lab

Her research interests have landed in the areas of cinema and media arts, archives, gendered spaces and the city, and Cuban cinema and visual culture. She has undertaken curatorial projects of media arts and worked with artists’ groups and artist-run centres for over 30 years. The Vulnerable Media Lab is dedicated to the social ecology of media arts collectives and collections, and to the preservation, migration and remediation of media arts archives by women, Indigenous peoples, LBGTQ2 and regional producers. She co-investigator of Archive/CounterArchive ( and PI for the project “Under the Shadow of Empire: Minor Archives and Radical Distribution Networks”. The VML, an infrastructure and research environment, is restoring all of Sara Gómez’s documentaries at present. With Maria Caridad Cumana, Susan is co-editor of The Cinema of Sara Gómez: Reframing Revolution, a collection of essays, interviews and documents about the Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez is recently published with University of Indiana Press. Other books include one on the visual culture of gender and violence-- Killing Women: Gender, Violence and Representation (with Annette Burfoot) Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006. She also published Fluid Screens: Expanded Cinema and Digital Cultures (with Janine Marchessault) Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007; Paperback edition 2008) and New World Coming: The 1960s and the Shaping of Global Consciousness (with Dubinsky et al) BTL 2009. As a member of the 30+ year Public Access Collective which publishes the journal PUBLIC: art, culture, ideas Susan has edited two recent issues – Archive/Counter Archives and HAVANA.