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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Lili Pickett-Palmer

Lili Pickett-Palmer





Prof Emma Wilson


Lili is a third year PhD student at the Centre for Film and Screen.

Lili studied for an MPhil in Film and Screen Studies at Cambridge (2016-2017). Her MPhil thesis was an exploration of queer relational potential in Rainer Werner Fassbinder's The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant. Other essays included a study of masculinity and technology in Buster Keaton's The Playhouse; autobiography and the maternal in Chantal Akerman's No Home Movie and Maniac Shadows; and labour and architecture in Luca Guadagnino's I Am Love. As an undergraduate, Lili studied a Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford (2012-2015). Lili's practice-based work at the Ruskin focused on memory and sensation in contemporary digital media.


Lili's PhD research focuses on trans cinema in Europe, which she defines broadly as moving-image practices that engage in some way with lived trans experiences and prompt reflections on trans theory. In particular, Lili is interested in tracing unchosen states of confinement and interchangeability, and reading for manoeuvres for freedom, relationality, and collective politics from within them.


AHRC Isaac Newton Trust Studentship


Lili taught students on the CS6 European Film Module, including a dissertation student, whose project focused on gendered violence in feminist filmmaking.

Conference papers

Lili presented a paper at the Slices of Everyday Lives Conference (CineMuseSpace, University of Cambridge, 2019), and has had a paper accepted by the Screen Studies Conference (Screen Journal OUP, University of Glasgow, postponed to 2021).


'Ethical Listening: Discovering Non-normative Forms of Intimacy in Pojktanten (2012) and Wild Side (2004)', Another Gaze, Issue 2, December 2018

'Masculinity and the Mechanical: Ambiguous Identities in Buster Keaton's The Playhouse', HARTS & Minds Journal (peer-reviewed), Vol. 3, No. 2, (2017)