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 CMC in December 2017 after serving as an Associate Professor of Film Philosophy at the University of Nottingham on their Ningbo China campus. Prior to this, I won one of the inaugural 2006 scholarships marking the launch of the new Film Studies department at the University of St Andrews, where I taught and worked towards my PhD. This felt like quite an accomplishment for a lad who had attended what was then referred to as 'the worst school in Scotland.' In a previous strata of life I was also an international water polo goalkeeper who played for Scotland and Great Britain, as well as National League clubs in the UK and Australia.

I am the Film and Media BA Programme Director, the Chengdu University and Stirling College Digital Media Programme Director, CMC's Advisor of Studies, and a Senior Fellow of the HEA (Higher Education Academy).

I am an editorial board member of the leading Film-Philosophy journal (Edinburgh University Press), and at Stirling I co-ordinate core modules that include ‘Reading Film & Television,’ and research-led electives such as ‘Global Film as/and Philosophy’ and ‘East and Southeast Asian Cinemas.’ I also lecture 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 and Media Philosophy themes; including race and film; environmental humanities; global cinemas and thought/ethics/event/time; screen and urban media (including cities and cinematicity); 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/Chthulucene 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.

SFELTE, University of Stirling, Scotland 2019

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

Other Academic Activities

SFELTE (Senior Fellowship)
University of Stirling

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


My research interests gravitate around the intersectionalities of global cinema, the philosophy of technology, and increasingly critical race theories. Interests which converge in my latest monograph 'Infinite Ontology,' which I am co-authoring with William Brown. I am also the author of other monographs including: 'Unbecoming Cinema: Unsettling Encounters with Ethical Event Films' (2017, intellect), the disciplinary bursting biophilosophical book 'The Squid Cinema from Hell: Kinoteuthis Infernalis and the emergence of Chthulumedia' (2020, Edinburgh University Press) co-authored with William Brown, and the transmedial and interdisciplinary 'Chinese Urban Shi-nema: Cinematicity, Society and Millennial China' (2020, Palgrave) with Simon Harrison (City University Hong Kong). I have also published widely in interdisciplinary journals including Porn Studies, Film-Philosophy, Journal of Chinese Film Studies, SubStance, Deleuze Studies, SocialSemiotics, Transnational Screens, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Journal of Urban Cultural Studies, Celebrity Studies, International Journal of Performing Arts and Digital Media, Science Fiction Film and Television, Ecological Cognition and Metaphor, The Fibreculture Journal, and edited collections including 'From Deleuze and Guattari to Posthumanism' (Bloomsbury), 'Screening Scarlett Johansson' (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020), 'Deleuze and Film' (Edinburgh University Press, 2012), and 'Cinemas, Identity and Beyond' (Cambridge Scholars press, 2009).

I am currently involved with groups including Network Precarity, the Posthuman Research Institute, the Multispecies Storytelling Network, and the Cinematic Thinking Network. I am also working on various on-going projects exploring the raced and gendered machines informing algorithmic culture in the 'white Anthropocene'. I am also working on the convergence of cinema and urbanity under the influence of hyper-capitalism in the People's Republic of China with Simon Harrison (City University Hong Kong), and a book on philosophers on film.

You can read reviews of my recent monographs here:

Jenner, Joseph. 2021. ‘The Squid Cinema From Hell.’ Pulse 8:2, https://www.pulse-journal.org/_files/ugd/b096b2_dab274f4a3374fea88c2402bd0072d3e.pdf

Leyland, Meritt. 2021. ‘The Squid Cinema From Hell.’ Journal of Gods & Monsters 2:1, 61-63 https://godsandmonsters-ojs-txstate.tdl.org/godsandmonsters/index.php/godsandmonsters/issue/view/2/3

Kees, Driessen. 2021. The Squid Cinema From Hell: Cinema as octopus & Octopus as cinema. FilmKrant. N..437. https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=nl&u=https://filmkrant.nl/rubriek/boeken-the-squid-cinema-from-hell/&prev=search&pto=aue

Belevan, Monica. 2020. Covidian Aesthetics. 008 https://covidianaesthetics.substack.com/p/film-andor-tv-yoana-pavlova

Holliday, Christopher & A Sargeant. 2020. Fantasy Animation. No.73 https://www.fantasy-animation.org/all-episodes/episode-73-arrival-denis-villeneuve-2016-with-william-brown

Sticchi, Francesco. 2019. Unbecoming Cinema. Film-Philosophy Journal. 23:1, 105-108. https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/pdfplus/10.3366/film.2019.0103

Outputs (56)


Book Chapter

Brown W & Fleming DM (2020) Introducing the End. In: The Squid Cinema From Hell: Kinoteuthis Infernalis and the Emergence of Chthulumedia. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-the-squid-cinema-from-hell.html

Book Chapter

Fleming D & Harrison S (2020) Introduction. In: Chinese Urban Shi-nema: Cinematicity, Society and Millennial China. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Book Chapter

Fleming D & Gilardi F (2020) Niccolò Bruna's ethical process as social engagement: upholding human stories against a backdrop of globalization. In: Cristiano A & Coen C (eds.) Experimental and Independent Italian Cinema: Legacies and Transformations into the Twenty-First Century. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 1-280. https://edinburghuniversitypress.com/book-experimental-and-independent-italian-cinema-hb.html

Book Chapter

Brown W & Fleming D (2019) "What we do defines us": ScarJo as War Machine. In: Loreck J, Monaghan W & Stevens K (eds.) Screening Scarlett Johansson: Gender, Genre, Stardom. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 183-202. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030331955

Book Chapter

Fleming D (2018) Becoming-Squid, Becoming-Insect and the Refrain of/from Becoming-Imperceptible in contemporary science fiction: Or ScarJo the sexed 'post human' starlet, and her all too human male counterparts. In: Daigle C & McDonald T (eds.) Posthumanisms Through Deleuze. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Book Review

Fleming D (2017) Cinema Approaching Reality: Locating Chinese Film Theory. Review of: 'Cinema Approaching Reality: Locating Chinese Film Theory', Fan, Victor, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press 2015, pp.296 ISBN 9780816693573. Film-Philosophy, 21 (1), pp. 146-151. http://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/film.2017.0038; https://doi.org/10.3366/film.2017.0038

Book Review

Fleming D (2017) The Grace of Destruction: A Vital Ethology of Extreme Cinemas. Review of:
by Elena Del Río, London: Bloomsbury, 2016, 267 pp. ISBN 9781501303029. Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, 21 (1). http://www.c-scp.org/2017/07/16/elena-del-rio-the-grace-of-destruction.html

Website Content

Fleming D & Harrison S (2016) Are the Chinese "Losing Their Gestures?". Blog posts from Contemporary Chinese Studies at University of Nottingham Ningbo China, 09.12.2016. https://blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/chinesestudies/2016/12/09/chinese-losing-gestures/

Book Review

Fleming D (2015) Flusser, Vilém. On Doubt. Review of: FLUSSER, VILÉM.On Doubt. Ed. Siegfried Zielinski. Trans. Rodrigo Maltez Novaes. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press (Flusser Archive Collection), 2014. 105 pp. ISBN 978–1–937561–24–6. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 51 (4), pp. 499-499. https://academic-oup-com.ezproxy.stir.ac.uk/fmls/article/51/4/499/2367564; https://doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqv064

Book Review

Fleming D (2015) Murray, Ros. Antonin Artaud. The Scum of the Soul. Review of: Murray, Ros. Antonin Artaud: The Scum of the Soul. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 190 pp. ISBN 9781137310576. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 51 (4), pp. 503-503. https://academic-oup-com.ezproxy.stir.ac.uk/fmls/article/51/4/503/2367578; https://doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqv074

Book Review

Fleming D (2013) Badiou's Cinema and Badiou and Cinema. Review of: Cinema, Alain Badiou, Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013, pp. 320, ISBN 9780745670027 Badiou and Cinema, Alex Ling, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2010, pp. 224, ISBN 9780748644483. Film-Philosophy, 17 (1), pp. 467-479. http://www.film-philosophy.com/index.php/f-p/article/view/917/886

Conference Proceeding

Fleming D (2012) The Bicycle Thieves of Rome and Beijing: Deleuze and (Si)neo-Realist Time-images?. In: Jihai G & Patton P (eds.) Deleuze in China: Proceedings of the 2012 Kaifeng International Deleuze Conference. Kaifeng International Deleuze Conference, Henan University. Henan: Henan University Press, pp. 136-149.

Book Review

Fleming D (2012) Lost in Translation: Orientalism, Cinema, and the Enigmatic Signifier. Review of: Lost in Translation: Orientalism, Cinema and the Enigmatic Signifier, Homay King, Durham: Duke University Press 2010, pp. 205, ISBN 9780822392927. Film-Philosophy, 16 (1), pp. 251-255. http://www.film-philosophy.com/index.php/f-p/article/view/887/839

Book Review

Fleming D (2010) Elena del Rio, Deleuze and the Cinemas of Performance: Powers of Affection. Review of: Deleuze and the Cinemas of Performance: Powers of Affection, Elena del Rio, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2008, vi + 240 pp. ISBN 978–0–7486–3525–2. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 46 (1), pp. 111-112. https://doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqp147

Edited Book

Cheung R & Fleming D (eds.) (2009) Cinema, Identities and Beyond. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. http://www.cambridgescholars.com/download/sample/58208

Book Review

Fleming D (2009) Review: Patricia Pisters (2003) The Matrix of Visual Culture: Working with Deleuze in Film Theory. Review of: The Matrix of Visual Culture: Working with Deleuze in Film Theory, Patricia Pisters, Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003, 303 pp. ISBN 0 8047 4028 3.. Film-Philosophy, 13 (1), pp. 145-155. http://www.film-philosophy.com/index.php/f-p/issue/view/9

Book Review

Fleming D (2007) Powell & Pressburger: A Cinema of Magic Spaces. Review of:
Andrew Moore, London, I.B Tauris & Co Ltd, 2005, 272pp. ISBN 978-1780763774. Journal of Popular Film and Television, 34 (4), pp. 189-190. https://doi.org/10.3200/JPFT.34.4.188-191

Book Review

Fleming D (2007) Filmosophy. Review of:
Daniel Frampton, London: Wallflower Press, 2006. 254 pp. ISBN 1–904–76485–1/76484–3. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 43 (4), pp. 473-473. https://doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cqm083

Book Review

Fleming D (2007) Shohini Chaudhuri, Contemporary World Cinema: Europe, the Middle East, East Asia and South Asia. Review of: Contemporary World Cinema: Europe, the Middle East, East Asia and South Asia, Shohini Chaudhuri, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2005. vii + 199 pp. ISBN 0–748–61798–1/61799–X. Forum for Modern Language Studies, 43 (1), pp. 95-95. https://doi.org/10.1093/fmls/cql126



I am a Senior Fellow of the HEA, the Film and Media BA Programme Director, the Division's Advisor of Studies, and the lead of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities Discipline + Catalyst.

My teaching practice and philosophy acknowledge and cater to different styles and types of learner. Indeed, over and above earning grants, awards, and peer reviewed publications for my inclusive transmedia teaching work, I have been commended more recently by Stirling's External Examiners for broadening the range of assessment methods encountered across the Film & Media programme.

I currently co-ordinate BA modules that include ‘Reading Film & Television,’ ‘Global Film and/as Philosophy’ and ‘East and Southeast Asian Cinemas.’ I also deliver guest lectures on various modules including 'Screening Science Fiction,' 'Cinemas of Small Nations' and 'Key Feminist Thinkers.'

With both my Programme Director and module coordinator hats on I advocate broadening and decolonising our curriculum and critically querying the foundations of Eurocentric concepts and perspectives. In my SGSAH role I also promote these ideals across the sector. Indeed, in November 2020 I hosted a popular international Doctoral Training workshop on decolonising research and the curriculum entitled 'Towards a Holistic Humanities: Sense and Sensibilities of Dewesternisation.'