Boel Ulfsdotter

Boel Ulfsdotter is a Reader in Film and Media Studies at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Gothenburg University in Sweden. Her research is rooted in narrative and aesthetic perspectives on female subjectivity and fashion in visual culture, particularly in documentaries, exhibitions, and television. She’s recently published her article, ‘Genius and Taste: Sara Danius’ Couture Gowns as Extended Power-dressing’ in the International Journal of Fashion Studies. Boel’s forthcoming book, Documenting Fashion, co-edited with Elena Caoduro, will be published by Edinburgh University Press. Boel is a formally trained dressmaker who works as a free-lancing fashion and visual arts critic.




On behalf of MAI, Ulfsdotter meets ceramic artist Annika Svensson to discuss the context of her career as a craftwoman.

Following on from her two edited volumes on female authorship and documentary practices (co-edited with Anna Backman Rogers), Boel Ulfsdotter reads Nahid Persson Sarvestani’s work as a form of feminist agency.

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.


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