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Anna Backman Rogers

MAI co-founder and co-editor-in-chief, Anna Backman Rogers is a Reader in Feminist Philosophy and Visual Culture at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. She is the author of American Independent Cinema: Rites of Passage and The Crisis Image (Edinburgh University Press, 2015) and Sofia Coppola: The Politics of Visual Pleasure (Berghahn, 2018).

She is also the co-editor with Laura Mulvey of Feminisms (Amsterdam University Press, 2015) and the co-editor with Boel Ulfsdotter of Female Authorship and the Documentary Image: Theory, Practice and Aesthetics and Female Agency and Documentary Strategies: Subjectivities, Identity, and Activism (both with Edinburgh University Press, 2017).

Anna is currently working on a monograph addressing the cinema of Lynne Ramsay through Simone de Beauvoir’s Ethics of Ambiguity (Berghahn, 2021), as well as a short monograph on Barbara Loden’s film WANDA (Punctum, 2020) and a co-edited volume with Laura Mulvey on Feminist filmmakers, scholars and practitioners (Bloomsbury, 2022).

She has published poems in Tears in The FenceAmberflora, Lune, Sad Girl Review and Occulum. She’s working on a collection of poems exploring female subjectivity as represented in visual culture.

 

MAI CONTRIBUTIONS

Photographer Julia Peirone talks about the importance of girlhood in her work, the relationship between subject and photographer and her influences.

Filmmaker and scholar, Aparna Sharma reflects on her creative documentary practice in Northeast India in terms of both feminism and decolonisation.

Ingrid Ryberg’s film En armé av älskande is a documentary about queer filmmaking as a crucial part of the gay liberation movement in Sweden in the 1970s.

Backman Rogers watches Maja Borg’s Future My Love (2012) to ponder on our quests for happiness and intimate relationships.

Kate Levey reflects on the extraordinary life and legacy of her mother, the writer and activist, Brigid Brophy.

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Dots+Circles – a digital agency determined to make a difference, who’ve designed and built our MAI website. Their continuous support became a digital catalyst to our idealistic project.
Guy Martin – an award-winning and widely published British photographer who’s kindly agreed to share his images with our readers

Chandler Jernigan – a talented young American photographer whose portraits hugely enriched the visuals of MAI website
Matt Gillespie – a gifted professional British photographer who with no hesitation gave us permission to use some of his work
Julia Carbonell – an emerging Spanish photographer whose sharp outlook at contemporary women grasped our feminist attention
Ana Pedreira – a self-taught Portuguese photographer whose imagery from women protests beams with feminist aura
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