Dr David Fleming

Senior Lecturer

Communications, Media and Culture University of Stirling, Stirling, FK9 4LA

Dr David Fleming

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About me

I joined the Communications, Media and Culture team in December 2017. I was previously an Associate Professor of Film Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, serving on their China campus. Before this, in 2006 I won one of the inaugural scholarships marking the opening of the University of St Andrews Film Studies department, where I taught and worked towards my PhD. This felt like quite an accomplishment for a lad who had attended what was referred to as 'the worst school in Scotland.' In a previous strata of life I was also an international water polo goalkeeper.

I am the Film and Media Programme Director, CMC's Advisor of Studies, and a Senior Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy). I also currently lead the SGSAH (Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities) Discipline + Catalyst. At Stirling I co-ordinate modules that include ‘Reading Film & Television,’ ‘Global Film as/and Philosophy’ and ‘East and Southeast Asian Cinemas.’ I presently offer guest lectures on modules such as 'Screening Science Fiction,' 'Key Feminist Thinkers,' and 'Small Nations on Screen.'

I would welcome MRes and PhD applications that gravitate around Film-Philosophy (film and philosophy, philosophy of film, or film-as-philosophy) topics; including film and animal studies; film and precarious/premediated futures; critical race theory and film; global cinemas and thought/ethics/event/time; science fiction cinema and (the limits of) thought; non-neurotypical thought and image; cinema and ecology/ecosophy; media and animal studies; screen media and the work of landmark thinkers. I would also consider novel projects engaging with digital cinema, experiential ‘4D’ (phenomenologies), materialist/physical philosophy, the Anthropocene/Chthulhucene and beyond.


PhD Film Studies, University of St Andrews: 2005-2009 (Full Scholarship).

MLitt (with Distinction) Visual Culture, University of Aberdeen: 2004-2005 (Full AHRB Scholarship).

Master of Arts (with Honours) English and Film Studies, University of Aberdeen [& University of New Mexico]: 2000–2004.

Teaching Qualifications and Memberships

PGCHE Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Nottingham, UK: 2013-2016.

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2019 - present, previously Fellow since 2016, and Associate Fellow since 2013).


PhD Film Studies (Film-Philosophy)
University of St Andrews

Supervised by David Martin-Jones

MLitt Visual Culture

Dissertation supervised by Professor Paul Coates

English and Film Studies (with Honours)
University of Aberdeen

Education (Archived)

University of Nottingham

Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

Other Academic Activities

SFELTE (Senior Fellowship)
University of Stirling

Senior Fellowship via The Stirling Framework for Evidencing Learning and Teaching Enhancemen