Lecturer, Film Studies


Dr Philippa Lovatt is a Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of St Andrews. Her research focuses on artists’ moving image, sound, eco-criticism, and Southeast Asian independent film and video cultures. She is currently writing a monograph on the politics of sound and listening in artists’ film and is also working on an oral history project with Prof Jasmine Nadua Trice (UCLA), entitled: “Parallel Practices: Oral Histories of Southeast Asian Film and Video Cultures.” She has recently edited two dossiers for Journal of Cinema and Media Studies (“Theorizing Region: Film and Video Cultures in Southeast Asia” co-edited with Jasmine Nadua Trice, published Spring 2021) and Screen (“Tracing the Anthropocene in Southeast Asian Film and Artists’ Moving Image” co-edited with Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn, forthcoming in Winter 2021). In 2020 she was awarded a Carnegie Research Incentive Grant for the project “Southeast Asian responses to environmental crisis: a comparative study of moving image practices in Hanoi and Chiang Mai” (delayed by Covid-19).  She has previously published her research in Screen; Sound, Music and the Moving ImageThe New Soundtrack and Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia.

Selected publications

(forthcoming) P. Lovatt, ‘Foraging in the Ruins: Nguyen Trinh Thi’s ecological moving image practice’, Screen, Vol. 62:4 (Winter 2021)

(forthcoming) P. Lovatt (co-edited dossier with Graiwoot Chulphongsathorn), ‘Introduction: Tracing the Anthropocene in Southeast Asian film and artists’ moving image’, Screen, Vol. 62:4 (Winter 2021).

(forthcoming) P. Lovatt, ‘Tracing ecological histories of the Mekong: an interview with Sutthirat Supaparinya’, Antennae: the Journal of Nature in Visual Culture, special issue ‘Uncontainable Nature: Southeast Asian Ecologies and Visual Culture’, eds. Kevin Chua, Nora Taylor and Lucy Davis, Vol. 1, Issue 54, Summer 2021.

P. Lovatt, ‘(Im)material Histories and aesthetics of extractivism in Vietnamese artists’ moving image’, Southeast of Now: Directions in Contemporary and Modern Art in Asia, Vol. 4, No. 1, March 2020.