My main interests are in world cinema, film-philosophy and documentary. My filmmaking projects explore the interaction between theory and practice, with a specific focus on landscape.
I am the recipient of an AHRC Innovation Grant for the project Following The Wires. The project uses film practice, sociology and anthropology to look at the disruption in electricity services following the cycle of conflicts that have affected Lebanon. The project intends to reach non-academic constituencies through a documentary film.
Before joining Brunel in 2013 I have taught at Goldsmiths, University of London, Dartmouth College (US) and University of Melbourne.
Newest selected publications
Rugo, D. (2018) 'Exactitude and partiality: Merleau-Ponty and Nancy on cinema'. Chiasmi International. Trilingual Studies Concerning the Thought of Merleau-Ponty, 19. pp. 201 - 219. ISSN: 1637-6757 Open Access Link
Rugo, D. (2017) 'The Adventure of Patience. James Benning's Films as Perceptual Environments', in Lubecker, N. and Rugo, D. (eds.) James Benning's Environments. Politics, Ecology, Duration.. Edinburgh University Press. pp. 160 - 177.
Rugo, D. and Lübecker, N. (2017) 'James Benning's Environments. Politics, Ecology, Duration'. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
Rugo, D., Weaver, A., Abi Ghanem, D. and Kastrinou, M. (2017) 'Dark Beirut. The (in)visibility of electricity'. Jadaliyya. Arab Studies Institute.Open Access Link
Rugo, D. (2017) 'Asghar Farhadi: Acknowledging Hybrid Traditions: Iran, Hollywood and Transnational Cinema'. Third Text, 30 (3-4). pp. 173 - 187. ISSN: 1475-5297 Open Access Link