Selina’s PhD

About This Project

This enquiry sets out to remember through practice the archives and activism of  London’s queer and lesbian feminist film collectives supported by the Rio Cinema in Hackney during the 1980s. My curatorial investigation explores the invisible histories and feminist strategies of curating, film programming and archiving as a mode of feminist praxis. Through a methodology of ‘curatorial advocation’, a term coined by B. Ruby Rich (1997) to describe feminist film curating, programming and archiving as activism and advocacy, I will ask why and how this decade of queer and lesbian feminist curatorial activism can be remembered and represented in the present.

About the Researcher

Selina Robertson is an MPhil/PhD candidate in the Film, Media and Cultural Studies Department at Birkbeck, University of London. She has published in Film Quarterly and other publications, as well as writing for the BFI. She has worked in cultural film exhibition since the late 1990s; at the BFI, the Film Council and since 2005 at the ICO, where she currently works part time. She co-programmed BFI Flare (formerly London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival) from 2003-2005. She is a founder member of Club des Femmes.