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School of Languages, Linguistics and Film

Dr Mario Slugan

Mario

Lecturer in Film Studies

Email: m.slugan@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 6850
Room Number: Arts One G25B

Profile

My research stands on the intersection of film studies, philosophy and German studies. My book-length projects have been on the history, theory, and aesthetics of montage across literature, film, and visual arts – Montage as Perceptual Experience: Berlin Alexanderplatz from Döblin to Fassbinder (Camden House, 2017) – on the application of philosophical aesthetics to film theory – Noël Carroll on Film: A Philosophy of Art and Popular Culture (Bloomsbury, 2019) – and on the way fiction and non-fiction was understood prior to the emergence of labels such as “documentary” and disclaimers such as “all persons fictitious” –  Fiction and Imagination in Early Cinema: A Philosophical Approach to Film History (Bloomsbury, 2019, BAFTSS 2021 Best Monograph Runner-up). My current project focuses on the status of fiction and its temporal instability in artistic and non-artistic domains alike. Within film studies, I investigate fiction’s relationship to other film genres construed traditionally as non-fiction including documentary and experimental cinema.

I have also co-edited five volumes including special issues of Apparatus titled Fiction in Central and Eastern European Film Theory and Practice (with J. Alexander Bareis, 8 2019) and Pandemic Cinema in Central and Eastern Europe (with Raoul Eshelman and Denise J. Youngblood, 12 2021), special issues of Projections (with Enrico Terrone, 14.3 2020) and Studies in Documentary Film (with Enrico Terrone, 2021) and a volume New Perspectives on Early Cinema: Concepts, Approaches, Audiences (with Daniël Biltereyst, Bloomsbury, 2022 forthcoming).

I have co-organized three international conferences as well – Film Studies and Analytic Aesthetics (with Enrico Terrone, Oct 26-27, 2018, University of Warwick,), Rethinking the Attraction-Narrative Dialectics (with Daniël Biltereyst, Nov 9-10, 2018, Ghent University), and Documentaries and the Fiction/Nonfiction Divide (with Enrico Terrone, Nov 15-16, 2019, Queen Mary University of London) with the fourth – Experimental Film, Video Art, and the Borders of Cinema: A British Society of Aesthetics Synergy Conference – to take place next year (with Enrico Terrone, May 25-27, 2022, Queen Mary University of London.

I am also one of the editors of the open access journal Apparatus. Film, Media and Digital Cultures of Central and Eastern Europe and Fellow of the Society for the Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image.

I welcome PhD applicants interested in film philosophy (especially analytic philosophy), film theory (especially cognitivism), early cinema, montage, German cinema, and Yugoslav cinema.

Teaching

FLM5208 – Visual Essay

FLM6042/7042 – Montage Across the Arts: Aesthetics, Modernity, Politics

FLM6058/7058 – Cognitive Film Theory

FLM6208/7208 - Amateur Cinema: Archives, Practices and Memory Construction

Research

Research Interests:

  • film theory
  • film philosophy
  • film history
  • early cinema
  • avant-garde and modernist cinema and literature
  • montage
  • American cinema
  • German cinema
  • Eastern European cinema
  • adaptation
  • techniques of visual immersion (panorama, Hale’s Tours, VR, etc.)

Publications

Monographs

Fiction and Imagination in Early Cinema: A Philosophical Approach to Film History. Bloomsbury, 2019.

Noël Carroll and Film: A Philosophy of Art and Popular Culture. Bloomsbury, 2019.

Montage as Perceptual Experience: Berlin Alexanderplatz from Döblin to Fassbinder. Camden House, 2017.

Edited Volumes

Co-edited with Daniël Biltereyst, New Perspectives on Early Cinema History: Concepts, Methods, Applications. Bloomsbury, 2022 [accepted, 100,000 words]

Co-edited with Enrico Terone, “The Fiction/Nonfiction Distinction: Documentary Studies and Analytic Aesthetics in Conversation” Studies in Documentary Film, 2021 15(2) [40,000 words]

Co-edited with Raoul Eshelman and Denise J. Youngblood, Special Issue “Pandemic Movies in Central and Eastern European Film and Television”, Apparatus: Film, Media, & Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe 12, 2021 http://dx.doi.org/10.17892/app.2021.00012 [30,000 words]

Co-edited with Enrico Terrone, Special Issue “Film Studies and Analytic Aesthetics in Dialogue”, Projections: Journal for Movies and Mind, 14(3), 2020 https://www.berghahnjournals.com/view/journals/projections/14/3/projections.14.issue-3.xml [46,000 words]

Co-edited with J. Alexander Bareis, Special Issue “Fiction in Central and Eastern European Film Theory and Practice”, Apparatus: Film, Media, & Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe 8, 2019 http://dx.doi.org/10.17892/app.2019.0008 [42,000 words]

Articles and Book Chapters      

“Fiction as Challenge for Text-Oriented Film Studies”, New Review of Film and Television, 2023 [accepted]

Co-authored with Daniël Biltereyst, “Introduction”, in Mario Slugan and Daniël Biltereyst (eds), New Perspectives on Early Cinema History: Concepts, Methods, Applications. Bloomsbury, 2021 [accepted]

“Early Cinema and the Philosophy of Imagination”, in Mario Slugan and Daniël Biltereyst (eds), New Perspectives on Early Cinema History: Concepts, Methods, Applications. Bloomsbury, 2021 [accepted]

“Melodrama of the Unknown Woman Lost in Space: A Cavellian Reading of the Alien Franchise”, in Nathan Abrams and Greg Frame (eds), Alien Legacies, Oxford University Press, 2021 [accepted]

“Revisiting the Paradox of Fiction from Moral, Factualist, and Counterfactualist Perspectives”, in Alison James, Akihiro Kubo, and Françoise Lavocat (eds), Does Fiction Change the World? Leiden: Brill, 2021 [accepted] 

“Textualism, Extratextualism, and the Fiction/Nonfiction Distinction in Documentary Studies”, Studies in Documentary Film, 2021 15(2): 114-126 https://doi.org/10.1080/17503280.2021.1923142

Co-authored with Enrico Terrone, “The Fiction/Nonfiction Distinction: Documentary Studies and Analytic Aesthetics in Conversation”, Studies in Documentary Film, 2021 15(2): 107-113 https://doi.org/10.1080/17503280.2021.1923141

“Pandemic (Movies): Pragmatic Analysis of a Nascent Genre”, Quarterly Review of Film and Television, 2021 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10509208.2021.1890975

“R. W. Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz as a Remake?”, in Eduard Cuelenaere, Gertjan Willems, and Stijn Joye (eds), European Film Remakes, Edinburgh University Press, 2021: 59-72

“Film Studies and the Experimental Method”, NECSUS Autumn 2020_#Method 9(2): 203-224 https://necsus-ejms.org/film-studies-and-the-experimental-method/ 

“The Film Narrator and Early American Screenwriting Manuals”, Early Popular Visual Culture, 17(3), 2019: 1-15 http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17460654.2019.1623058

“Theorizing Fiction in Film Non/Fiction: Some Thoughts on Recent German Film Theory”, Apparatus: Film, Media, & Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe, 8, 2019 http://dx.doi.org/10.17892/app.2019.0008.161

Co-authored with J. Alexander Bareis, “Introducing Fiction in Central and Eastern European Film Theory and Practice”, Apparatus: Film, Media, & Digital Cultures in Central and Eastern Europe, 8, 2019 http://dx.doi.org/10.17892/app.2019.0008.169

“The Turn-of-the-Century Understanding of ‘Fakes’ in the US and Western Europe”, Participations: Journal of Audience & Reception Studies, 16(1), 2019: 718-737. https://participations.org/Volume%2016/Issue%201/35.pdf

“The Role of Imagination in Early Cinema: Fiction and Non-Fiction in Phantom Rides, Travelogues, and Hale’s Tours”, in Rüdiger Steinmetz (ed.) A Treasure Trove. Friend of the Photoplay – Visionary – Spy? New Trans-Disciplinary Approaches to Hugo Münsterberg’s Life and Ouevre, Leipzig: Leipzig University Press, 2018: 25-46.

“Taking Bazin Literally,” Projections: The Journal for Movies and Mind, 11(1), 2017: 63-82 http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/proj.2017.110105

“Late 1920s Film Theory and Criticism as a Test-Case for Benjamin’s Generalizations on the Experiential Effects of Editing,” Early Popular Visual Culture, 14(3), 2016: 215-233. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17460654.2016.1199322 [Honourable Mention: The 2017 BAFTSS Best Journal Article Award]

“Deixis in Literary and Film Fiction: Intra-Ontological Reference and the Case of the Controlling Fictional Narrator,” in J. Alexander Bareis and Lene Nordrum (eds.) How to Make Believe: The Fictional Truths of Representational Arts, New York; Berlin: De Gruyter Press, 2015: 185-202. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110443875-011

“Some Thoughts on Controlling Fictional Narrators in Fiction Film,” American Society of Aesthetics Graduate E-Journal, 6(2), 2014: 1-7.

http://www.asage.org/index.php/ASAGE/article/view/155

“The Rhetorics of Interpretation and Žižek’s Approach to Film,” Slavic Review, 72(4), 2013: 728-749.  http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5612/slavicreview.72.4.0728

Elicited a response from: Slavoj Žižek, “Reply,” Slavic Review, 72(4), 2013: 771-777.

http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5612/slavicreview.72.4.0771  .

“Epistemology as Ethics: Skepticism in Blade Runner,” Film and Philosophy, 16, 2012: 82-100. http://dx.doi.org/10.5840/filmphil2012167 

“Responses to Balkanism in Emir Kusturica’s Život je čudo/Life Is a Miracle (2004),” Studies in Eastern European Cinema, 2(1), 2011: 37-48. https://doi.org/10.1386/seec.2.1.37_1

“An Asymmetry of Implicit Fictional Narrators in Literature and Film,” Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics, 7(2), 2010: 26-37. http://debatesinaesthetics.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/PJA-VOL-7-No-2-3.pdf

Co-authored with Bojana Dalbelo-Bašić, “Connectionistic Model of Language Acquisition.” Proceedings to the European Modeling Symposium, 2006.

Supervision

Current PhDs:

· Weijia Zeng: “Alfred Hitchcock and his Specters” (Chinese Scholarship Council funded, 2020-ongoing, co-supervised with Dr Alasdair King)

· Nancy Wilson: “Beyond the Rubble: The Spaces of the Trümmerfilme” (2021-ongoing, co-supervised with Dr Alasdair King)

· Ata’ Hanifee Bin Zawawi: “Towards a Poetics Model of Intersemiotic Translation: Literary Stylistics and the Multimodal Approach” (Malaysian Ministry of Higher Education funded, 2021-ongoing, co-supervised with Prof Else Viera)