Susan Lord Picture

Susan Lord

Full Professor

Film and Media

Arts and Science

533-6000 #77019

Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts Room 339


Susan Lord holds a PhD from York University. She is Professor in the Department of Film and Media at Queen's University, jointly appointed to the Departments of Art and Gender Studies, and currently serving as the Director of the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies. She 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.

A new collaborative research project hosted at 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-edited PUBLIC: Archive/Counter Archives, published in 2018. She has been working collaboratively on Cuban cinema and visual culture since the early 2000s. With Maria Caridad Cumana, she is co-editor of a collection of essays, interviews and documents about the Afro-Cuban filmmaker Sara Gómez is forthcoming in 2019 from University of Indiana Press.

Her other international research initiative about Cuba includes a special issue of the journal PUBLIC: art, culture, ideas (2016; and an online database (launching in 2019) called Archives of the Future/Digital Havana, which holds over 2000 digital objects from the 1960s Havana. Hosted in the Vulnerable Media Lab, it will encourage users to remediate the archival materials through acts of translation, recontextualization, and historical elaboration.

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; and a collaborative project on the global 1960s, New World Coming: The Sixties and the Shaping of Global Consciousness (with K. Dubinsky, C. Krull, S. Mills, S. Rutherford) Between the Lines Press, 2009. She also published Fluid Screens: Expanded Cinema and Digital Cultures (with Janine Marchessault) Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2007; Paperback edition 2008).