Alasdair King, BA MA PhD
Chair of Arts DEB (PGT).
Room: Arts One 208
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8311
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: Thursday 1-3 or by appointment
Research interests : film philosophy, political aesthetics, finance aesthetics, cinema and space, German cinema
I am a graduate of King's College London (BA, Philosophy and German), and of the Universities of East Anglia (MA, Comparative Literature), and Southampton (PhD, German). I also took film seminars at the TU Berlin and at Birkbeck, University of London. I taught at the University of Bedfordshire, Royal Holloway, and the University of Portsmouth before taking up a lectureship in German and Film Studies at Queen Mary in 2004. I was Chair of Film (2009-2011). In Winter, 2015, I was Visiting Researcher (DAAD-funded) at the TFM, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main. I have also secured major external research funding from UEA (1988-91), DAAD (1991-92), AHRB (2003-04), and AHRC (2007-08).
My current research is on political aesthetics in the era of finance capital, with particular focus on financial performativity, on financial space and time, and on representations of Frankfurt, London, Dubai and Shanghai as financial hubs.
My wider research interests include aspects of film philosophy, cinema and space, political aesthetics, the history of film theory, and German national cinema.
I welcome applications from research students interested in working in these and related fields.
Books and edited works
- King, Alasdair (2007), Hans Magnus Enzensberger: Writing, Media, Democracy.
Peter Lang AG, Oxford and New York, 357pp.
Articles and book chapters
- King, Alasdair (2016), 'Documenting Financial Performativity: film aesthetics and financial crisis'. Journal of Cultural Economy. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17530350.2016.1212726
- Wood, Christopher, King, Alasdair, Catlow, Ruth and Scott, Brett (forthcoming, 2016) 'Terminal Value: Building the Alternative Bloomberg'. Finance and Society. Special Issue: 'Finance and Art'.
- King, Alasdair (in progress), 'Foucault, Frankfurt, Film: The Birth of the Financial Aesthetic'.
- King, Alasdair (in progress), 'Film and the Financial City'.
- King, Alasdair (2014), 'Fault Lines: Deleuze, cinema and the ethical landscape', Cine-Ethics: Ethical Dimensions of Film Theory, Practice, and Spectatorship, eds Jinhee Choi and Mattias Frey, (Routledge Advances in Film Studies), pp. 57-75. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415821254/
- King, Alasdair (2014, forthcoming), 'The Recontextualisation of Capital: The Berlin School and Filming Finance'.
- King, Alasdair (2014), 'Still Lives in Transit: Movement and Inertia in Angela Schanelec's Orly (2010), Studies in European Cinema. http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/x6XTVDhywDBahWeNPeri/full
- King, Alasdair (2013), TLS/Poem of the Week: "Short History of the Bourgeoisie" by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, translated by Alasdair King. Times Literary Supplement, 20 July 2013. http://www.the-tls.co.uk/tls/public/article1294079.ece
- King, Alasdair (2013), 'What the World Needs Now: Rancière, ethology, and Christian Petzold's Toter Mann and Wolfsburg', Edinburgh German Yearbook 7: Ethical Approaches in Contemporary German Language Literature and Culture. pp. 29-45. http://www.boydellandbrewer.com/store/viewItem.asp?idProduct=14366
- King, Alasdair (2011), ˜No Place Like Heimat: Mediaspaces and moving landscapes in Edgar Reitz's Heimat 3, in New Directions in German Cinema, eds Paul Cooke and Christopher Homewood, (I.B. Tauris, London. ISBN 9781848859074).
- King, Alasdair (2011), ˜Heimat 3: Edgar Reitz's Time Machine", in Cinema and Social Change in Germany and Austria, eds Gabriele Mueller and James Skidmore (Wilfried Laurier University Press, Canada. ISBN 13-9781554582259). http://www.wlupress.wlu.ca/press/Catalog/mueller.shtml
- King, Alasdair (2010), 'The Province Always Rings Twice: Christian Petzold's HeimatFilm Noir Jerichow', Transit, 6 (1), UC Berkeley. http://german.berkeley.edu/transit/2010_2011/articles/KingJerichow.html
- King, Alasdair (2009), Various entries, The Concise CineGraph: Encyclopaedia of German Cinema, ed. H-J Bock and Tim Bergfelder, (Berghahn Books, New York and Oxford).
- King, Alasdair (2007), ˜Literatur und Linse: Enzensberger Goes to the Movies", in Transpositions:Literature to Film - Film to Literature eds. Hermann Rasche and Christiane Schonfeld (Rodopi, Amsterdam NL,)
- King, Alasdair (2004), ˜Enzensberger's Titanic: The sinking of the German Left and the aesthetics of survival', in The Titanic in Myth and Memory: Representations in Visual and Literary Culture, eds. Tim Bergfelder and Sarah Street (I.B.Tauris, London) pp. 73-83.
- King, Alasdair (2003), ˜Placing Green is the Heath (1951): Spatial politics and emergent West German identity" in Light Motives: German Popular Cinema, eds. Randall Halle and Margaret McCarthy (Wayne State UP, Detroit, Michigan, USA) pp. 130-147.
- King, Alasdair (2000), ˜Landscape, ideology and national identity in the German cinema: A case study of Die goldene Stadt (1942)" in Deutschland im Spiegel seiner Filme, eds. Martin Brady and Helen Hughes (CILT, London) pp. 96-117
- King, Alasdair (1998), `The Ministry of Illusion?' - on recent books on National Socialist cinema, Journal of Area Studies, 13, Autumn, pp. 24-27.
- King, Alasdair (1996), Review of Reiner Pommerin (ed), Culture in the Federal Republic of Germany 1945-1995, Berg, 1996, in `Nation, Place and Culture: Issues of Identity in Contemporary Europe', Journal of Area Studies, 10, Spring/Summer, pp. 155-57.
- King, Alasdair (1991) Translations - `Geo Milev - The Road to Freedom', babel, Summer, pp. 44-45;
- King, Alasdair (1990), H. M. Enzensberger, `Visit to Ingres', Times Literary Supplement, 13-19 July; H. M. Enzensberger, `Short History of the Bourgeoisie', Times Literary Supplement, 15-21 June.
I have recently supervised MPhil/PhDs on the following topics:
Chris Darke (PhD awarded 2010): Cinetopia: utopic dimensions of cinematic space
Christina Gontersweiler (MPhil): Landscape and identity in Swiss cinema
Nick Jones (PhD awarded 2013): Space and the Contemporary US Action Film
Maren Thom (PhD awarded 2015): The representation of terrorism in contemporary German, British and Hollywood cinema
Hollie Price (PhD awarded 2015): Domestic Life and Re-imagining Modernity in British 1940s Film
Simon Dickson (PhD in progress): The Oneiric Film: An Existential Phenomenological Understanding of Dreaming and its Influence on Film
I teach three linked undergraduate modules on German film history, from the Weimar period (FLM102) and the post-1945 years of the 'divided screen' (FLM202), through to contemporary German cinema (FLM302). I co-teach the second year core module in film theory (FLM003), and contribute to the final year module in Film Philosophy (FLM602) and to the MA Core Course (SMLM035).