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Professor of Political Cinemas, University of Glasgow

David is Professor of Political Cinemas in the University of Glasgow's School of Culture and Creative Arts. His publications include The war that won’t die: The Spanish Civil War in Cinema (2012), Tracking Loach: Politics ǀ Practices ǀ Production (2022) and many essays on film, film culture and radical cultural activity. He has long been interested in the relationship between art and history. He is the Series Editor of the Edinburgh University Press Political Cinemas Series, sits on the editorial boards of Journal of Class and Culture, Media Practice and Education and New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film, and is a member of the Radical Film Network international steering committee. David is currently making films with Núria Araüna Baró under the banner ‘Ragged Cinema’, writing songs for and performing with The Tenementals, and is researcher-in-residence at The Revelator Wall of Death.

In recent years, David has been exploring what he has termed 'scholastical consciousness', that is, an awareness of the form of academic outputs. This work, which has consisted of a wide variety of artistic outputs, including film, performance, song, music video and creative writing, seeks to disturb the binary between academic and artistic research, and to explore how non-normative forms of knowledge production might enrich the academy.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Theatre, Film and Television Studies, University of Glasgow