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Dr Jaap Verheul

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Lecturer in Film Studies Education


Film Studies Department
King's College London
Room 331, 3rd Floor, Norfolk Building
Strand Campus
King's College London



BA (2007) in Media and Culture, Department of Media Studies, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

MA (2009) in Cinema Studies, Department of Cinema Studies, New York University, USA

PhD (2017) in Cinema Studies, Department of Cinema Studies, New York University, USA

Visiting scholar at NYU London (2013), UK; the Remarque Institute at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, France (2015); and the Institut für Theaterwissenschaft at the Freie Universität Berlin, Germany (2015).

Before joining the Department of Film Studies at King’s College London, Jaap obtained his PhD in Cinema Studies (2017) from New York University, where his doctoral thesis focused on popular European cinema as it chronicled the regulation of contemporary film, television, and cultural production in the European Union. He obtained his BA in Media and Culture (2007) from the University of Amsterdam and his MA in Cinema Studies (2009) from New York University.

Research Interests
  • European cinema
  • Media industries
  • Popular film and television
  • Digital visual culture
  • Queer cinema 

Jaap has written articles on trauma and memory in Sidney Lumet’s The Pawnbroker (CineMagie, 2007), on fascist aesthetics in the work of Busby Berkeley (CineMagie, 2009), on multiculturalism in popular American television (CineMagie, 2010), and on the representation of the European bourgeoisie in the work of Michael Haneke (Brooklyn Rail, December 2012). For edited collections, Jaap has also contributed chapters on paranoia and preemptive violence in the television series 24 (Hollywood Politics, 2010), on the Flemish-British co-production of a European heritage brand for television (Screening European Heritage, 2016), on the dual monolingualism of contemporary Flemish cinema (The Multilingual Screen, 2016), and on the failed production of George Lazenby's star image as James Bond (Lasting Screen Stars, 2016). He is currently editing a collection on the James Bond film franchise, which will be published by Amsterdam University Press in 2019.

Selected Publications
  • Beyond 007: James Bond Reconsidered. Jaap Verheul (ed.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2019. (Forthcoming)
  • “British Flanders: Co-Produced Television Drama and the Limits of a European Heritage.” Screening European Heritage: Creating and Consuming History on Film. Paul Cooke and Rob Stone (eds.). London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016: p. 25 – p. 44.
  • “This Never Happened to the Other Fellow: The Fluctuating Stardom of James Bond and George Lazenby.” Lasting Screen Stars: Images that Fade and Personas that Endure. Lucy Bolton and Julie Lobalzo Wright (eds). London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016: p. 217 – p. 230.
  • “Out of Many, One: The Dual Monolingualism of Contemporary Flemish Cinema.” Cinema and Multilingualism. Tijana Mamula and Lisa Patti (eds.). London: Continuum, 2016: p. 317 – p. 334.
  • “Paranoia and Preemptive Violence in 24.” Hollywood Politics: The Popular Culture Factor in 21st Century Politics. Leah Murray (ed.). Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010: p. 137 – p. 147.

As an adjunct professor and teaching assistant at New York University, Jaap has taught courses on film theory, Black American cinema, queer cinema, James Bond, the cultural politics of science-fiction film, and the evolution of mainstream, independent, and experimental American filmmaking since the 1960s. At the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU, he also surveyed a course on Media and Cultural Analysis.

At King's College London, Jaap has convened the BA modules on Asian Popular Cinemas, Film and Transnationalism, and Chinese Cinemas.

In Autumn 2018, Jaap will convene the BA modules on Research and Scholarship in Film Studies, Italian Neorealism, and Popular European Cinema. In Spring 2019, he will convene the BA module on Film and Transnationalism.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Jaap is a member of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) and the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies. (NECS). At New York University, he organised events on, among other subjects, the Centennial of World War I, the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the New Wave in Flemish Cinema, and the Europeanness of European film.

Jaap is a recipient of New York University’s Council for Media and Culture Dissertation and Thesis Grant, Provost's Global Research Initiative Fellowship, and Graduate School of Arts and Science Predoctoral Summer Fellowship. He has also been awarded research grants from the Remarque Institute at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris, and the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds in the Netherlands. In the Fall of 2015, Jaap was a Visiting Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institut für Theaterwissenschaft at the Freie Universität Berlin as part of the DAAD German Academic Exchange Service.

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