Creative Arts


Dr Elspeth Mitchell

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Research Associate – Practices and Theories of Feminism and Art

Elspeth’s research focuses on feminist theory, visual art and cinema. She completed her PhD in 2018 at the University of Leeds with a thesis on theories of ‘the Girl’ and the moving image in work by Simone de Beauvoir, Chantal Akerman and Eija-Liisa Ahtila supervised by Griselda Pollock. She was Associate Editor of the journal of critical theory and philosophy parallaxand has recently published in Australian Feminist Studies JournalIn 2016, Elspeth co-founded Feminist Readings Networks / Réseau Lectures Féministes, a multi-lingual network for early-career artists and researchers at the University of Leeds, University of Helsinki, University of South Africa and University of Paris 8, supported by a Gender and Education Association network funding grant.

Alongside her research, Elspeth is a writer and programmer. Working with Leeds-based arts organisation Pavilion, Elspeth developed Art School for Rebel Girlsa project that draws on feminist pedagogy and art for creative workshops and exhibitions collaborating with secondary school girls in Leeds. She also led and programmed the Pavilion Leeds Art Walk. She was Yorkshire editor for the online visual art magazine Corridor8has been Writer in Residence at Leeds Arts University and writes across academic and contemporary art publications. In Summer 2016 she held a curatorial residency in Helsinki with Frame Contemporary Arts Finland. She has worked with artists, filmmakers, writers and theorists such as Alex Martinis Roe, Maria Fusco, Iris Zaki, Soofiya Andry, Jennifer Reeder and Luce Irigaray for screenings, reading groups, exhibitions and events in Leeds, Manchester and London.

I have previously taught across Art History and Cultural Studies and Media Studies programmes at the University of Leeds and Fine Art and Curation Practices at Leeds Arts University. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Association.

My research interests are woven together by a focus on feminist theory and contemporary art (particularly artist moving image).

  • Feminist theory and philosophy, particularly the work of Simone de Beauvoir, Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, Bracha Ettinger and Elizabeth Grosz.
  • Artist moving image (film, video, gallery installation).
  • Curation practices.
  • Feminist film theory and histories of feminist film and counter cinemas.
  • Feminist pedagogy in arts education.
  • Girls’ Studies, aesthetic and philosophical engagements with the figure of the girl.