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 CMC team in December 2017 after serving as an Associate Professor of Film Philosophy at the University of Nottingham on their 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 Scotland and Australia.

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 Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) 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 also offer 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 and Media Philosophy topics; 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