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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr Daniel Mann


Lecturer in Film

Room Number: ArtsOne G25a


Mann's work in writing and filmmaking examines the material conditions of media production in the context of settler colonialism, civil conflict, and climate crisis, and explores how film constructs and shapes political, geographical and environmental imaginations.

Mann is currently a Fellow at the Institute for Humanities and Social science (IHSS) at QMUL. During the fellowship, he is developing a long-term project on land and territory as a resource for screen-based industries. This new project continues Mann's work on the use of desert environments as “extractive zones” for big-budget cinema; a project developed during his Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at King's College London.

Mann's first book, Occupying Habits: Everyday Media as Warfare in Israel-Palestine (Bloomsbury, 2022), asks what happens when IDF soldiers film their routine of policing in Palestine, when war is domesticated and when security permeates all domains of life in Israel-Palestine. His articles and essays were published in journals such as Media, Culture & Society, Screen, Social Text, Media+Environment, World Records, and Afterimage. 

Mann's films have been screened internationally at film festivals and venues such as The Berlin Film Festival, The Rotterdam Film Festival, Cinema du Reel, The Hong Kong Film Festival, Cinemed, FID Marseille, New Horizons, Jerusalem Film Festival, Docaviv, Sonic Acts, RIDM, EFAM and the ICA in London. He is currently a resident at the Camargo Foundation in France, developing his new feature film titled "Special Effects" (2023). 

Mann received his PhD from the Media Department and the Centre for Research Architecture at Goldsmiths College, London, and held a postdoctoral position as a Leverhulme Fellow at the Film Studies Department at King’s College London.


Research Interests:

Media Studies
Media infrastructure
Film and Geography
Film and Warfare
Environmental Humanities
Experimental cinema
Documentary cinema
Practice-based research


Occupying Habits: Everyday media as warfare in Israel-Palestine. Bloomsbury Press. 2022. 


Articles and Essays:

Welcome to the Real Desert: Shooting Dune in Wadi Rum. Media+Environment. UC Press. 

Red Planets: Cinema, Deserts, and Extraction. Afterimage. Vol. 49, no. 1; March 2022. UC Press (in press). 

Rambo in the dead lands: on cinema, war and climate”. Screen Journal. Volume 61, Issue 3 (Autumn 2020), Pages 368–384. OU Press. 

Society for Sick Societies: Domestic Inspectors. Social Text. July 2020. 

I am Spartacus: Individualising Visual media and Warfare. Media Culture & Society. Vol 42, Issue 1, 2019. Sage.  

Spectacle As Camouflage: how the Israeli military learned to stop worrying and love video activism. Word Records Journal. Issue 2, November 2018. 

The Kitchen Knife: A Stab in the Eye of Domestic Enclosure. Different Skies Journal. Issue 4. July 2016. 

(In)visibility, Tactility, and Toxicity Under the Ground. In A Pleasant Apocalypse: Notes from the Grand Hotel Abyss. Ed. David Riff. Verlag, 2020. 

Healing and Killing in the Underground. Sonic Acts Reader. 2020 

This is Not a HoleSonic Acts Reader. 2020 

File: Hito Steyerl”. Ma’aravon Magazine. Vol 10. Ed. Laliv Melamed and Joshua Simon, 2017 (Available in Hebrew). 

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