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Nathalie Muller

Visual Arts, Birmingham City University

Thesis title:

Lost Futurities: Science Fiction in Visual and Media Art from the Middle East

Research Area

  • Visual Arts



- Race, Gender and Technology in Science Fiction, 25-27 April 2019, Maison Française d'Oxford, "Absented Dreams: Science Fiction and Tales of Modernity and Loss in Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige's The Lebanese Rocket Society." https://www.hsmt.ox.ac.uk/event/race-gender-and-technology-science-fiction

- Art in the Anthropocene, 6-9 June 2019, Trinity College Dublin, "Heirlooms of Loss: Environmental Disaster and the (Re)production of Identity and Memory in the Work of Larissa Sansour and Jumana Manna."

- BRISMES (British Society for Middle Eastern Studies), 24-26 June 2019, University of Leeds, "Enter the Cli-fi: Environmental Dystopias and Science Fiction in Contemporary Art and Film from the MENA region."

- Science Fiction Beyond the West: Futurity in African and Asian Contexts, 12 July, SOAS University of London, "Fly Me to the Moon? Retrofuturism and the Ruins of Modernity in Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige’s A Space Museum."

- London Science Fiction Research Community - Beyond Borders Conference, 10-12 September 2020, online, "Bordering the Frame: Superheroes, Art, and the Rethinking of Borders in Oreet Ashery and Larissa Sansour’s The Novel of Nonel and Vovel.http://www.lsfrc.co.uk/events/beyond-borders-conference-registration-provisional-schedule/

- CAA (College Art Association) Annual Conference, 10-13 February 2021, online, "Ecologies of Loss: Memory and Forgetfulness is Environmental and Other Disasters." https://caa.confex.com/caa/2021/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/10478

- SCMS (Society for Cinema & Media Studies), 17-20 March 2021, online, "It’s Easier to Reach the Moon than Jerusalem: Retrofuturism in Larissa Sansour’s A Space Exodus" part of the pre-constituted panel "The Radical Imagination of Larissa Sansour’s Sci-fi Films." 

- AAH (Association for Art History Annual Conference), 14-17 April 2021, online, "Techno-utopias as Method: Nat Muller in Conversation with Heba Y. Amin, part of panel "Global Art History and the Imbalance of Power." 

Public Engagement & Impact

  • Heirloom, Danish Pavilion featuring Larissa Sansour, 58th Venice Biennale (11 May - 24 November 2019)
  • Trembling Landscapes: Between Reality and Fiction, Eye Film Museum, Amsterdam (19 September 2020 - 3 January 2021)

Other Research Interests

Middle East Studies

Science Fiction Studies

Visual Culture

Memory Studies

Trauma Studies


- Member of AICA (since February 2008)

- Member of The Science Fiction Foundation (since October 2018)

- Member of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) (since October 2018)

- Member of the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts (since October 2018)

- Member of the Association for Modern + Contemporary Art of the Arab World, Iran + Turkey (AMCA) (since October 2018)

- Member of Cultural Studies Association (since October 2018)

- Member of Middle East Studies Association (MESA) (since October 2018)

- Member of Science Fiction Foundation (since October 2018)

- Member of Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) (since August 2019)

- Member of Postcolonial Studies Association (since September 2019)