Markos Hadjioannou

Markos Hadjioannou

Associate Professor of Literature

External address: 
1316 Campus Dr, Rm 101C Friedl Bldg, Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
101C Friedl Bldg, Box 90670, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-5107
Office Hours: 
Literature graduate students only may make a drop-in appointment at all other appointments, please email me with a request.

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 intermediate relations. 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 late stages of finishing up a new manuscript (contracted by Duke University Press) titled The Interactive Spectator. In this, I am concerned more specifically with medial spectatorship and processes of interactive engagement. 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 both spectatorship and interactivity, where interactivity is interpreted as a continuously variable, heterochronic, and synthetic act of individuation and socialization.


  • Ph.D., King's College 2009

Hadjioannou, M. From Light to Byte: Toward an Ethics of Digital Cinema. University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

Hadjioannou, M. In Search of Lost Reality: Waltzing with Bashir. Edited by David Martin-Jones and William Brown, Edinburgh University Press, 2012.

Markos Hadjioannou, Lyn S. “Documenting the Son/iconic Discord.” Discourse, vol. 39, no. 3, Wayne State University Press, 2017, pp. 356–356. Crossref, doi:10.13110/discourse.39.3.0356. Full Text

Hadjioannou, M. “In the Cold Night of the Day: On Film Noir, Hitchcock, and Identity.” Cultural Critique, vol. 94, no. Fall, 2016, pp. 127–55.

Rodosthenous, G., and M. Hadjioannou. “In Between Stage and Screen: The Intermedial in Katie Mitchell’s…some trace of her.” International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, vol. 7, no. 1, Mar. 2011, pp. 43–59.

Hadjioannou, M. “Waking Life: The Destiny of Cinema’s Dreamscape; or the Question of Old and New Mediations.” Excursions, vol. 1, 2010, pp. 53–72.

Hadjioannou, M. “How Does the Digital Matter? Envisioning Corporeality through Christian Volckman’s Renaissance.” Studies in French Cinema, vol. 8, no. 2, Intellect, June 2008, pp. 123–36.

Hadjioannou, M. “Into Great Stillness, Again and Again: Gilles Deleuze’s Time and the Constructions of Digital Cinema.” Rhizomes, edited by Dyrk Ashton and Don Callen, vol. 16, 2008.

Hadjioannou, M. “David Lynch: Continuities of an Obsessive Nightmare.” Images and Views of Alternative Cinema (Festival Catalgue), Theatro Ena, June 2011.

Hadjioannou, M. “Re-Possessed.” Cyprus Film Days 2011: 9th International Film Festival (Catalgue), Apr. 2011.

Hadjioannou, M. “Markos Hadjioannou: A Digital Movie.” Fileleftheros: P.S. Sunday Art Supplement, 9 Apr. 2006.