Alasdair King

Alasdair King

  • Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London
My research is broadly interdisciplinary, drawing on philosophy, German and film. I am interested in the relationship between contemporary aesthetics and politics, particularly in areas in which the moving image engages with discourses of territory, technology, capital, and power. I’ve published recently on applying Judith Butler’s reading of financial performativity to financial documentaries, and on film and the financial city. I’m working on essays on Foucault and the birth of the financial aesthetic, on financial aesthetics in Kluge and Enzensberger, and on a monograph on financial time and space in contemporary moving image work.


Contact Info

University of London, Arts One 208
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS
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  • Ph.D.

Selected Publications

2016. ‘Terminal Value: Building the alternative Bloomberg’. Finance and Society. Special Issue: Finance and Art. 2 (2) pp. 138-150. [Co-written with C. Wood, R. Catlow, and B. Scott].  

2016. ‘Film and the Financial City’. Studies in European Cinema. pp. 1-15. 

2016. ‘Documenting financial performativity: film aesthetics and financial crisis’. Journal of Cultural Economy. 9 (6), pp. 555-569.