Professor David Martin-Jones
- Professor of Film Studies (Theatre, Film & Television Studies)
David’s research engages with the question of what it means to study a world of cinemas. He interrogates the intersections between cinema and philosophical issues like time, identity, ethics, ecology and attention. He is the author/editor of eight books, the most recent of which is Cinema Against Doublethink: Ethical Encounters with the Lost Pasts of World History (2018).
David's next book is entitled Columbo: Paying Attention 24/7, on the cult television series. It will be published by Edinburgh University Press in late 2021. It has been previewed online in BookLaunch (issue 12, page 9).
In this field, David is known for work engaging with the philosophy of Gilles Deleuze (around time especially) and Enrique Dussel (around ethics and colonial modernity especially). His works has been shortlisted in the BAFTSS annual awards in the categories of Best Book, Best Edited Collection, and Best Article. He serves on several editorial boards, and is co-editor of the monograph series Thinking Cinema (Bloomsbury) and online resource deleuzecinema.com.
David's Academia.edu site contains samples of his work. A taste of some representative recent articles can be accessed online in an open access special issue of Film-Philosophy which David edited, here.
David also conducts research into small cinemas like Scotland (e.g. in Scotland: Global Cinema (2009), Cinema at the Periphery (2010), and Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago (2018)), Uruguay and South Korea. He studies how their engagement with international markets illuminates the geopolitics of globalization. Increasingly this work engages with global developments in film/screen tourism and heritage tourism more broadly. Click here for related news items on the subject, including a feature in The Scotsman (2015), and further pieces on Laurel and Hardy (on the BBC website) and the Loch Ness Monster (both the BBC and The Guardian websites).
David was appointed Professor of Film Studies at the University of Glasgow in 2013. He worked previously at the University of St Andrews (establishing a new Department of Film Studies from 2004 onwards) and Northumbria University.
David has been Visiting Professor at the Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Brazil (2007 and 2010) and the Prowse Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham University, UK (2012).
He holds a BA Hons in English Literature from the University of Sheffield, an MSc in European Film Studies from the University of Edinburgh, and a PhD in Film Studies from the University of Glasgow.
Martin-Jones, D. (2018) Cinema Against Doublethink: Ethical Encounters with the Lost Pasts of World History. Series: Remapping World Cinema, 2. Routledge: London. ISBN 9781138907959
Martin-Jones, D. (2009) Scotland: Global Cinema ; Genres, Modes and Identities. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh. ISBN 9780748633913
Martin-Jones, D. (2006) Deleuze, Cinema and National Identity: Narrative Time in National Contexts. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9780748622443
Holt, Y., Martin-Jones, D. and Jones, O. (Eds.) (2018) Visual Culture in the Northern British Archipelago: Imagining Islands. Series: British art: histories and interpretations since 1700. Routledge: London. ISBN 9780815374275
Iordanova, D., Martin-Jones, D. and Vidal, B. (Eds.) (2010) Cinema at the Periphery. Series: Contemporary approaches to film and media. Wayne State University Press: Detroit, MI, USA. ISBN 9780814333884
- 2021 - Korea Foundation: "South Korean Cinema Seminar. Linking Preservation, Distribution, and Education”
- 2017 - Lord Kelvin Adam Smith Doctoral Scholarship: "Screen Tourism as Heritage Tourism."
- 2016 - Scottish Government. "Online Museum, Feasibility Study."
- 2013 - Scots Philosophical Association. "Film-Philosophy 2014."
- 2012 - Santander Travel Scholarship (Santander Network: China).
- 2012 - Carnegie Trust Research Grant. “Chinese Cinema Imagines History.”
- 2011 - Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University. "The Cinematic Temporalities of the World."
- 2009 - Carnegie Trust Research Grant. “Transatlantic Film Tourism.”
- 2007 - British Academy Overseas Conference Grant. "Gilles Deleuze: Text and Image."
- 2006 - British Academy Conference Grant. "Cinema at the Periphery."
- 2006 - British Academy Small Research Grant. “Scotland: Global Cinema."
- 2005 - Carnegie Trust Research Grant. “Scotland: Global Cinema.”
David has supervised 18 PhD students to successful completion. He has experience supervising doctoral students from the USA, Canada, UK, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, France, Germany, South Africa, Turkey, Malaysia, Mexico and Uruguay.
David would welcome approaches from prospective doctoral students interested in developing projects related to his research interests.
Successfully completed projects in the past have included PhDs on a range of topics in relation to film theory or film-philosophy, and across a world of cinemas.
Some former students have secured postdoctoral, temporary, or permanent academic posts in countries like the UK, USA, Canada, France, South Africa, China, Singapore and South Korea, whilst others have gone on into other careers, including in areas like: archival work for a Hollywood studio, learning and outreach for a national cinema insitution in Canada, film festival organisation in Germany, and so on.
His current students at the University of Glasgow include:
- Daniels-Yeomans, Finn
Beyond Representation: Documenting Traumas of the World Ecology
- Haag, Manon
Screen Tourism as Heritage Tourism
- Irretier, Juliette
Going to a Better Place - A Transnational Analysis of Film-Induced Travel from Germany to Scotland
- Jarvis, Andrew
British Cinema, Neoliberalism and the Poetics of Crisis
- Williams, Huw
Confronting the Catastrophe: Investigating Poetics and Politics in Narratives of Ecological Pessimism
- Zhou, Yu
Reminding the history of pain: A comparative study between films about the Nanking Massacre and the Holocaust
David contributes lectures and seminars at undergraduate and Masters level on a range of topics, typically focusing on world cinemas and/or film theory or film-philosophy.
David's Honours Courses include:
Japanese Cinema after World War II
Contemporary South Korean Cinema
Professional activities & recognition
Prizes, awards & distinctions
- 2017: Edited Collection Award Shortlist (BAFTSS)
- 2014: Article Award Shortlist (Placed Second) (BAFTSS)
- 2012: Monograph Award Shortlist (BAFTSS)
- Oct-Dec 2012: Prowse Fellow, Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham University
Grant committees & research advisory boards
- 2019 (ongoing): Hong Kong Research Grants Council, Standing Review Board
- 2017 (ongoing): AHRC, Peer Review College
- 2020 (ongoing): Transnational Screens
- 2011 (ongoing): Deleuze and Guattari Studies
- 2005 (ongoing): Film-Philosophy
- 2014 (ongoing): Screen (Advisory Board)
- 2011 (ongoing): Visual Culture in Britain (Advisory Board)
- 2014 (ongoing): Thinking Cinema (Book Series, Co-Editor)
- 2015 (ongoing): Film Thinks (Book Series, Advisory Board)
- 2013 (ongoing): Remapping World Cinema (Book Series, Advisory Board)
Selected international presentations
- March 2015: Visting Professor, Cultural Geography (University of Wageningen, Netherlands)
- August 2010: Visiting Professor, LABJOR (University of Campinas, Brazil)
- July 2007: Visiting Professor, LABJOR (University of Campinas, Brazil)
- Coproduced Learning Journey with Education Scotland: Scotland in the World: How Others See Us On Film (2016).
- Consultant on Visit Scotland's Film Location Guide Set in Scotland (launched Oct 2015). Won the "Best External Publication Award" at the 2016 Chartered Institute of Excellence Public Relations Awards (Category 20).
- Conferences/Workshops Organised at Glasgow: Proliferating Ethical Encounters in Film and Media (26th October 2013); Film-Philosophy VII: A World of Cinemas (2-4th July 2014); Developing Film Tourism: Theory and Practice (15th May 2015) (Industry Facing); Affect in Asian Cinemas (Videoconference with University of Hong Kong) (6th May 2016); Online Film Museum (14th Oct 2016); Cinematic Ethics and Globalization (6th June 2017); Constructing Places: Heritage and Screen Tourism (2nd May 2019).
- Co-editor of Bloomsbury Monograph Series Thinking Cinema
- Co-editor of online research resource deleuzecinema.com.
- Editorial Boards (journals): Deleuze and Guattari Studies; Film-Philosophy; Transnational Screens.
- Editorial Advisory Boards (journals): Screen; Visual Culture in Britain.
- Editorial Advisory Boards (book series): Remapping World Cinema (Routledge); Film Thinks (I.B.Tauris).
- External Examiner for PhD students in the UK (Oxford, King's College London, London Goldsmiths, London Birkbeck, University College London, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan, Ulster, Lincoln); and Australia (Western Australia, LaTrobe).
- External Examiner: BA in Film Studies, University of Southampton (2014-2017); BA in Film Studies, Liverpool John Moores University (2009-2013); MA in Film Studies, Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge (2008-2011).