Dr Glyn Davis is a theorist and historian of the moving image. Although he has researched and written extensively about film and television, he has a particular interest in experimental cinema and artists’ film and video. Before taking up his position as a Chancellor's Fellow at the University of Edinburgh, Glyn was a senior lecturer in screen studies at the University of Bristol (2005-2008), and the coordinator of postgraduate studies at The Glasgow School of Art (2008-2012).
Glyn’s main research project as a Chancellor’s Fellow explores the relationships between cinema and boredom: boredom as an authorial, aesthetic and affective strategy used by directors; durational cinema experiences; the historical roots and contemporary manifestations of ‘slow cinema’. Glyn is also interested in how boredom (and related experiences: exhaustion, ennui, etc) is deployed or harnessed by other cultural forms - literature, music, and so on.
Glyn has recently completed two major book projects. Warhol in Ten Takes, co-edited with Gary Needham, was published by BFI/Palgrave in 2013. The collection contains a lengthy introduction co-authored by the editors, and ten essays devoted to explorations of individual films by Andy Warhol. Film Studies: A Global Introduction was co-authored with Kay Dickinson, Lisa Patti and Amy Villarejo, and was published by Routledge in 2015.
Glyn oversees the ‘Art and its Histories’ strand of the Artist Rooms partnership, a major collaboration between (amongst others) the University of Edinburgh, the National Galleries of Scotland, and Tate Galleries. Glyn’s own large-scale project relating to the Artist Rooms partnership was a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) on the work of Andy Warhol. This first ran in April/May 2014, and then for a second time in February/March 2015; in total, the course had more than 42,000 participants.
Glyn is keen to supervise PhD students with interests in experimental cinema, artists' film and video, queer film and theory, world cinema and transnational film.