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Dr David Fleming

Senior Lecturer

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

Dr David Fleming

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Dr Fleming joined the Communications, Media and Culture team in 2017. He was previously an Associate Professor in Film Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, serving on their China campus—which he joined as an Assistant Professor in 2010. Prior to this, he won a full scholarship at the University of St Andrews where he taught and worked towards his PhD (in Film-Philosophy) under the supervision of David Martin-Jones. In a previous strata of life he was an international water polo goalkeeper.

Dr Fleming is the Film and Media BA Programme Director, is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, and co-ordinates modules that include ‘Reading Film & Television,’ ‘Global Film as/and Philosophy’ and ‘East and Southeast Asian Cinemas.’

He is author of 'Unbecoming Cinema: Unsettling Encounters with Ethical Event Films' (2017, intellect), and co-author of the forthcoming biophilosophical media project 'The Squid Cinema from Hell: Kinoteuthis Infernalis and the emergence of Chthulhumedia' (2020 Edinburgh University Press) with William Brown (University of Roehampton, London), and 'Chinese Urban Shi-nema: Cinematicity, Society and Millennial China' (2020 Palgrave) with Simon Harrison (City University Hong Kong).

He would welcome PhD applications in the areas of: Film-Philosophy (film and philosophy, philosophy of film, or film-as-philosophy); film and precarious futures, global cinemas and thought/ethics/event/time; science fiction cinema and (the limits of) thought; cinema and ecology; cinema and animal studies; film and the work of landmark thinkers. He would also consider novel projects engaging with digital cinema, experiential ‘4D’ (phenomenologies), materialist/physical philosophy, the anthropocene 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).


University of Nottingham

Post graduate Certificate in Higher Education

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

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