Duke University | Classical Studies:

    Markos Hadjioannou
  • Markos Hadjioannou

  • Assistant Professor of Literature
      • 101C Friedl Bldg, Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
      • 1316 Campus Dr, Rm 101C Friedl Bldg, Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
      • Phone: (919) 684-5107
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      • Office Hours: By appointment
  • Overview

    The theoretical framework of my research interests focuses on the polymorphism of cinema studies, as well as the potentiality of the “medium” as a process of intermediations. With this in mind, my first research project turned to the impact of digital cinema on contemporary film theory, looking at the relationship between celluloid and digital technologies. My main concern here was the existential implication of the viewer in the world screened, and what the particular structures of a technology may mean for the viewer-screen-world structure. While turning to the technical basis of the image, as well as the creative and perceptual activities of moviemakers and viewers alike, I discussed the digital not as a distinct rupture in the history of cinema but as a new form whose continuous contact with previous traditions creates a setting of technical and theoretical overlaps, exchanges, and developments. This project forms the basis of my first monograph From Light to Byte: Toward an Ethics of Digital Cinema (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012).

    I am now in the early stages of a new research project, The Interactive Spectator, which is concerned more specifically with cinema spectatorship and medial interactivity. From digital cinema, to new media art and performance, and from computing, to gaming and social activism, digital technologies have had a vast impact on our spectatorial experiences of media, and our participation in culture and society. No longer in just a cinematic setting, the viewer has now become a multiply refracted interactive spectator. In order to account for the challenges this poses for a conventional understanding of individuality and agency, this project argues for a fundamental reconceptualization of spectatorship and medial interactivity, where interactivity is interpreted as a continuously variable, heterochronic, and synthetic act of individuation and socialization. 
  • Education

    • Ph.D., King's College 2009
  • Awards and Honors

    • Richard K. Lublin Teaching Award. Trinity College of Arts and Sciences., 2017
    • AHRC Overseas Conference Award. Arts and Humanities Research Council, UK., 2008
  • Professional Activities

    • Presentation
      • Being and Willing: The Digital Event of Interactive Immersion. November 8, 2013
      • In Search of Lost Reality: Waltzing With Bashir. October 24, 2013
      • Introducing Léos Carax's "Holy Motors" (2012). September 16, 2013
      • Bodysong: New Media Immersion and Responsive Identification. March 10, 2013
      • Invited respondent for Maria Pramaggiore's talk: "History’s Image in Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon". October 11, 2012
      • Introducing: _The Royal Tenenbaums_ (Dir. Wes Anderson. USA, 2001) – Screen/Society-AMI Showcase: Robert Yeoman Retrospective. September 4, 2012
      • Refractions of the World: The Animating Effects of Waltz with Bashir. June 5, 2012
      • Animating Reality: Waltz with Bashir – Powers of the False Symposium. May 18, 2012
      • Reanimating Reality: Waltz with Bashir - Society for Cinema and Media Studies Annual Conference. March 21, 2012
      • Introducing: Alexander Nevsky (Dir. Sergei Eisenstein. USSR, 1938) – Screen/Society: Eisenstein 35mm Retrospective. February 13, 2012
      • Ciné-thoughts on Béla Tarr’s _Werckmeister Harmonies_ – On Film: A Discussion with Michael Wood. January 28, 2012
      • Introducing: David Lynch, Then and Now. June 20, 2011
      • From Celluloid to CGI: What's All the Fuss About?. March 25, 2010
      • In Search of 'Lost' Reality: Waltz with Bashir and the Reanimation of the Document-image. January 15, 2010
      • Towards an Ethics of Digital Cinema: Archiving the Self, or Creativity as Continual Becoming. May 3, 2009
      • What is a Medium? Thinking through Digital Cinema as a Confluence of Old and New Mediations. April 15, 2009
      • Introducing: The Thin Red Line. March 12, 2009
      • Photo-Space, Digi-Space, and the Architectures of Cinema: Reading Spatial Configurations as Images of Thought. March 6, 2008
    • Service to the Profession
      • Manuscript Reviewer. March 2013
      • External Reviewer for film funding applications. February 2013
      • Reviewer for special edition on James Cameron's _Avatar_ of: "Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal" : various editorial advisory boards. June 2012
      • Reviewer for book proposal: University of Minnesota Press : various editorial advisory boards. October 2011
      • European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS). 2011
      • Society for Cinema and Media Studies. 2011
  • Selected Publications

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