Becca Voelcker is a film historian and cultural critic who writes on film, art and visual culture, particularly in relation to politics and ecology. She earned her PhD at Harvard University in 2021, writing a global history of eco-political film. She has lived and worked in Britain, the US and Japan. Becca contributes to BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking, Film Comment Podcast and the collective mould.earth. Her writing has appeared in Screen, MIRAJ, Sight & Sound, Frieze, Film Comment, and Art Asia Pacific.
- Harvard University, PhD: Film and Visual Studies with Secondary Field in Anthropology 2021
- Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation, Graduate Scholarship, Tokyo, Japan 2015
- University of Cambridge (King’s College), MPhil: Screen Media and Cultures (Distinction) 2013
- Goldsmiths College, University of London, BA Hons: Art Practice (First Class) 2012
Teaching and Supervision
Areas of supervision for prospective doctoral students include: global political cinemas; ecofeminism; colonial-capital-climate entanglements; Japan; diasporas; land; artist moving image; documentary.
Publications and research outputs
Voelcker, Becca. 2023. Climate, Capital, and Colonialism: A Congolese Perspective. Journal of Climate Resilience & Climate Justice, 1, pp. 55-65. ISSN 2832-4641
Voelcker, Becca. 2022. Filming-gardening in the neoliberal age: ambivalences in the life and work of Anne Charlotte Robertson. Screen, 63(1), pp. 68-91. ISSN 0036-9543
Voelcker, Becca. 2021. Field Work: Ogawa Productions as Farmer-Filmmakers. The Moving Image Review & Art Journal (MIRAJ), 10(1-2), pp. 50-71. ISSN 2045-6298
Voelcker, Becca. 2023. Cultivating Hinterland: What Lies Behind Agnes Denes’ Wheatfield? In: Pamila Gupta; Sarah Nuttall; Esther Peeren and Hanneke Stuit, eds. Planetary Hinterlands: Extraction, Abandonment and Care. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 51-63. ISBN 9783031242427
Voelcker, Becca. 2021. Landscape Theory in Post-War Japanese Cinema: Fūkeiron in Adachi Masao’s A.K.A. Serial Killer. In: Ludovic Cortade and Guillaume Soulez, eds. Penser l’espace avec le cinéma et la littérature. 10 New York: Peter Lang. ISBN 9781433176289