Laird, Dr Tessa

Laird, Dr Tessa
Laird, Dr Tessa

Lecturer, Critical and Theoretical Studies

University of Melbourne (VCA, School of Art)
Research interests / activities:

I am interested in more-than-human perception, and the invocation of animal subjectivities in visual art, literature and film. Most recently I have extended Derrida’s literary animot to include cinematic crittery kin – cinemal, or the becoming animal of the filmic medium. In addition, I continue to ponder Michael Taussig’s provocation, that colour is an animal, with all the implications that holds for the manifold perspectives of a multinatural planet.



Bat, London: Reaktion, 2018, ISBN: 9781780238944. “Daily Demons and Fabulous Animals: In which the author finds her craftswoman but loses her cat”, Garland #12, Guendalisaà—Crafting Kinship Issue, Invited Quarterly Essay, 2018. “In the beginning there was the worm: Animal voices beyond the verbal”, Artlink Australia, “Considering the Animals” special issue, Issue 38:1, March 2018, 58-65. “In Tooth and Claw,” Louise Menzies and Allan Smith, eds., split/ fountain, Distracted Reader #3, 2018. “Cinemal: Can the screen become animal? Animal perspectives in the films of Camille Henrot”, Minding Animals conference, Mexico City, 2018.

Potential areas for research supervision: Animals in art, literature and film; Artistic practice in the Anthropocene; Animals and colour; Animals and language/ text; fictocriticism; more-than-human perception
Website/blog: Staff Profile
Reading group: Human Rights and Animal Ethics Research Network