Martin Lefebvre, PhD
Chair of the School of Cinema; Professor and Concordia University Research Chair in Film Studies (Hon.), Cinema
Martin Lefebvre is Honorary University Research Chair in Film Studies and was Director of the Advanced Research Team on the History and Epistemology of Moving Image Studies (ARTHEMIS). Lefebvre is the Editor of Recherches sémiotiques/Semiotic Inquiry (RS/SI), the journal of the Canadian Semiotic Association, and he has written for film, philosophy, cultural studies and literature journals and anthologies in Canada, Europe, Japan and the United States. He has published Psycho: De la figure au musée imaginaire: Théorie et pratique de l'acte de spectature (L'Harmattan 1997), Eisenstein: l'Ancien et le nouveau (Publications de la Sorbonne 2002, with François Jost and Dominique Chateau), Landscape and Film (Routledge 2006), Truffaut et ses doubles (Vrin, 2013). He is currently preparing a book on Peirce, Pragmatism and Images and a collection on special effects.
Prior to joining Concordia, Lefebvre was a faculty member at the University of Alberta (Edmonton) and at Université Laval (Québec City). He has been an Invited Professor at the Université de Paris 1 Sorbonne-Panthéon, the Université de Poitiers and the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey in Mexico City, and served as an Adjunct Professor in the Doctoral Program in Semiotics (Sémiologie) at Université du Québec à Montréal for a decade.
Areas of expertise
General and applied semiotics, philosophy (Peirce and pragmatism, Wittgenstein and the philosophy of language, epistemology, hermeneutics, aesthetics), classical and contemporary film theories, modern and postmodern film, narrative theory, cultural studies, cinéma québécois, Hollywood cinema, Hitchcock, Eisenstein, Truffaut, Godard and the French New Wave.