Laura Hunt

Instructor, Department of Comparative Literature

Ph.D., Institute of Liberal Arts, Emory UniversityLaura Hunt

Dissertation title: "Eco-visionary Media: Art as Activism in Björk’s Audiovisual Production"

Dissertation Committee:

Dr. Sean Meighoo

Dr. Vincent Bruyere

Dr. John Lysaker


I received my Ph.D. in May 2020 from the Institute of Liberal Arts, an interdisciplinary program in the Laney Graduate College at Emory University. I earned a BA and an MA in Art History at Georgia State University. I was awarded a Piedmont Fellowship in Sustainability for the 2018-19 academic year, and I also work as the Program Coordinator for the Russian and East Asian Languages and Cultures Department at Emory.

I have taught Twentieth-Century Visual Culture (IDS 216W) and have offered a special topics class through the interdisciplinary studies program (IDS 385 Sound and Vision: Art and Music as Technologies of Environmental Activism), IDS 220: What Does It Mean to Be Human?, and CPLT 202W Thinking with Fungi: Literature and Ecomedia in Conversation. 

My dissertation focuses on the work of Icelandic artist Björk, particularly her Biophilia  and Utopia projects, in the contexts of environmental activism, audiovisual culture, and ecomusicology. 


“Performers or Petrushkas? The Metamorphosis of the Human Actor in Alexandra Exter’s Designs for Theater and Film.” In Athanor XXXI (2013): 79-88.


2019 Universities Art Association of Canada Annual Conference, Quebec City, Quebec (accepted)

Paper: “Björk at MoMA: Curator Killed the Video Star?”

2019 Music and the Visionary Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Paper: “Eco-Visionary Media: Imagination and Enchantment in Björk’s Biophilia and Utopia

2013 Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies 45th Annual Convention, Boston, MA

Paper: “The Future is Behind Us”

 2012 Florida State University 30th Annual Art History Graduate Symposium

Paper: “From Performer to Petrushka: A Decade of Alexandra Exter’s Work in Theater and Film (selections)”

2011 First Annual Visual Culture Symposium, Georgia State University

Paper: “Theater into Life: The Constructivist Stage as a Laboratory for Revolutionary Russian Society”

2010 Sixth Annual Religion, Literature and the Arts Conference, University of Iowa

Paper: “Kandinsky’s Avant-Garde Arsenal: The Use of Hidden Christian Imagery in the Battle Against Materialism”

2010 University of California at Santa Barbara History of Art and Architecture Graduate Symposium

Paper:  “Subliminal Messages: The Re-Conception of Christian Iconography in the Art of Wassily Kandinsky”

2009 Pennsylvania State University Annual Graduate Conference

Paper: “Makerere University and the Evolution of Contemporary Art in Uganda”