Dr. Nadja Millner-Larsen

Staff details

PositionLecturer in Visual Cultures
Department Visual Cultures
Email n.millner-larsen (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone+44 (0)20 020 7919 7496
Dr. Nadja Millner-Larsen

Academic qualifications

PhD, Department of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University (2013)

BA, History and Human Rights, Bard College (2004)


As of the academic year 2014-15, I’m teaching two new undergraduate modules, “Forming the Commons” and “The Fact of Blackness.” I am also contributing to the first year module “Beyond Boundaries.”


Presentations and exhibitions

“Out of Alternatives” symposium, presented by Common Practice, Artists Space: Books and Talks, May 2014.

“Zilia Sanchez’s ‘Minor’ Forms.” Soy Isla, panel presented by the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Artists Space: Books and Talks, May 2013.

“Black Mask: ‘The Revolution Must Be Real.’” Speaker Series, Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, February 2013.

“Blue Masks: On Representation and Humanitarianism.” Guest lecture for Computers and Culture, School of Film and Media Studies, SUNY Purchase, February 2011.


“Black Synaesthesia: The Anarcho-Aesthetics of Black Mask.” Annual Meeting of the American Studies Association, San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 2012.

“Up Against the Real.” Whitney Independent Study Program Critical Studies Program Symposium: Critical Perspectives on Visual Culture, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, May 2012.

“Up Against the Wall/Motherfucker’s Politics of Immediacy.” The Neil Postman Graduate Conference, NYU Department of Media, Culture and Communication, New York, March 2012.

“Affective Surplus: The Photographs of David Wojnarowicz and the Transmission of Radical Sincerity.” Feeling Photography Conference, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. October 2009.

“Back to the Reservation: Appropriation, Belief, and the Native American Image.” MCC-AUP Symposium, Media and Belief: Religion, Authority, Vision. Paris, France, June 2009.

“Militant Melancholia: Art, Activism and the Wojnarowicz Archive.” College Art Association Annual Conference, Los Angeles, February 2009.

Research Interests

My work explores the relationship between political and aesthetic experimentalism, theories of representation and prefigurative/embodied thought. I’m currently preparing a book manuscript entitled Up Against the Real: Anti-representational Militancy in 1960s New York.


Book Section

Kalliopi Lemos's Sculpture of Subjection
Millner-Larsen, Nadja. 2016. Kalliopi Lemos's Sculpture of Subjection. In: , ed. Kalliopi Lemos: In Balance. London: Gazelli Art House.


Demandless Times
Millner-Larsen, Nadja. 2013. Demandless Times. Women's Studies Quarterly, 41(3/4), pp. 113-130.

Brown Skin, Blue Masks
Millner-Larsen, Nadja; Osman`, Wazmah and Ferrari, Danyel. 2010. Brown Skin, Blue Masks. Canopy,

Review: Lynn Spigel, TV by Design: Modern Art and the Rise of Network Television, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2009, 402 pp., $27.50 (hardcover).
Millner-Larsen, Nadja. 2009. Review: Lynn Spigel, TV by Design: Modern Art and the Rise of Network Television, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2009, 402 pp., $27.50 (hardcover). International Journal of Communication, 3, pp. 578-581. ISSN 1932-8036

Exhibition Catalogue

Black Mask: Revolution as Being
Millner-Larsen, Nadja. 2014. Black Mask: Revolution as Being.