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dhr. dr. N. (Niall) Martin

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
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    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  Amsterdam
    Kamernummer: 718
  • Postadres:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam
    T: 0205257701


Niall Martin is an Assistant Professor in the department of Literary and Cultural Analysis and is also co-director of the ASCA Cities Project.


After completing his research MA in Literary Studies in 2008 and an ASCA-funded Ph.D in 2012  he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the ACGS to work on a project titled: 'London's Demons: Noise in the Global City'.

This research is incorporated in his book  Iain Sinclair: Noise, Neoliberalism and the Matter of London (Bloomsbury, 2015). 


Current research 

Niall is currently working on a project titled ' Noise worlds: Reading globalisation through noise' which examines the different ways in which concepts of noise interact with and produce our ideas of globalisation.

He recently co-edited a special edition of Culture Theory and Critique on 'Disorientation' together with Professor Mireille Rosello which was published in March 2016. 


A selection of articles and conference papers are available  here.  



In the academic year 2015-2016 Niall is teaching the following courses.

Objects of Cultural Analysis

Research Seminar for RMA Cultural Analysis

Cultural Conflicts

Global Literacy



Inleiding Literatuurwetenschap

Cultural Conflicts

Literature and Film



Office hours by appointment. 

In the current academic year Niall is teaching:


Objects of Cultural Analysis

Research Seminar for RMA Cultural Analysis

Cultural Conflicts

Global Literacy



Cultural Conflicts

Inleiding Literatuurwetenschap

Literature and Film




In the academic year 2011-2012 Niall taught:  


'Against Culture: Radical Theory from the Situationists to the Present'  
Tekstanalyse: 'Lyric' 

Zeven Meesterwerken: 'Ulysses' 
Literaire Werelden: 'Gilgamesh'; 'Magical Realism'.


Previously Niall has taught courses in eighteenth-century British literature and culture at the University of Amsterdam; foundation courses in English literature and literary theory at the University of Edinburgh and British and American Modernism at the Scottish Universities International Summer School (SUISS).

Current Research: 'Noise Worlds: Reading Globalisation Through Noise'

This project examines the different ways in which concepts of noise interact with and produce our ideas of globalisation. 

Post-doctoral Research: 'London's Demons: Noise in the Global City' 

In this project I examine the nexus between London as a neoliberal city and globalization through the concept of noise. Specifically the project investigates the paradoxical objects and spaces that emerge when we think of noise as both an obstacle to, and the precondition of, communication.  
These objects range from the geographical and topographical spaces that are constructed through the intersection of mutually incomprehensible languages, to the global city itself which as a transnational entity is constituted as both a space of homogeneity and of heterogeneity.

Ph.D Research: 'Noise, Neoliberalism and Iain Sinclair'

This project focused on the concept of noise in relation to the production of space in neoliberal Britain with particular reference to the work of British writer and film-maker Iain Sinclair.

Conceptualising noise as both an obstacle to, and precondition of, the production of meaning, the project notes classic liberalism's contradictory investment in the economies of noise. From a liberal perspective noise is at once that which must be eliminated from a system to ensure the smooth circulation of information, but at the same time, liberal theories of the market are predicated on the systems theory maxim that what is noise at one point in a system is information elsewhere in the same system. 

Arguing that urban space is a privileged site for the expression of this contradiction, the project explores the ways in which the concept of noise informs the representation of the city through such aesthetic categories as the urban sublime and the architectural uncanny. The project's primary focus is on the representation of London during the neoliberal revolution of the 1980s in the work of Iain Sinclair and Patrick Keiller, but constellates that concern with earlier articulations of noisy space in the work of Thomas de Quincey and John Clare. Supervisor: Prof. dr. M.D. Rosello

The project is affiliated with the ASCA Cities Project


A selection of articles and conference papers are available here


Conference Papers, Presentations and Invited Lectures

'On Beckton Alp: Garbage and (Ob)scenery in Iain Sinclair and Stanley Kubrick' . Global Garbage Conference. Centre for the Study of European and North African Relations (SENAR), University of London Institute in Paris, June 12-13, 2014.

'Becoming Shameless: Shame, shamelessness and the embarrassments of post-ideological subjectivity'. Leiden University Lectures in Media, Art & Politics. Invited lecture. 2014.

'This is a Muslim area: Virality, Parasitism and the Vigilantism of the Other'. The Lisbon Consortium, Summer School for the study of Culture 2013.   

'The Viscerality of the Other: Disoriented consumption in Marc Isaacs' All White in Barking'.International Workshop 'Disorientation', 15 June, 2012, UVA.  

'Unacknowledged Cities: Modernity and Acknowledgement in the work of China Miéville and Marc Isaacs'. International Conference 'Questioning Urban Modernity' 18 May, 2012, UVA. (Programme)

'"[A] more generous sentence": economies of the unpoetic in Iain Sinclair's Lud Heat' . International Conference 'Poetry and the Unpoetic'  20-21 May 2011, UVA.   

'Misrecognition and Re-forgetting in Iain Sinclair's Edge of the Orison .' ASCA Workshop and International Conference, March 2010, UVA.  


Conference Organisation

Co-organiser of the ASCA 2011 International Conference and Workshop: 'Imagining, Resisting, Remembering' with keynote speakers: Meltem Ahiska, Ed Cohen, Lawrence Grossberg, Jacques Rancière.



  • Martin, N. (2015). Ghost Storage: Between Archive and Ash: The Case of Rachel Lichtenstein and Iain Sinclair’s Rodinsky’s Room. The Literary London Journal, 12(1-2), 46-61. [details] [PDF]
  • Martin, N. (2015). Iain Sinclair: Noise, Neoliberalism and the Matter of London. (Bloomsbury Studies in the City). London: Bloomsbury. [details]
  • Martin, N. (2015). On Beckton Alp: Iain Sinclair, Garbage and ‘Obscenery’. In C. Lindner, & M. Meissner (Eds.), Global Garbage: Urban imaginaries of waste, excess, and abandonment. (pp. 207-220). (Routledge Research in Sustainable Urbanism). London: Routledge. [details]


  • Martin, N. (2013). Unacknowledged Cities: Modernity and Acknowledgement in China Miéville's The City & The City and Marc Isaacs' All White in Barking. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 16(6), 710-724. DOI: 10.1177/1367549413497692 [details]



  • Martin, N. (participant) & Birdsall, C.J. (participant) (30-9-2016 - 19-5-2017): ASCA Cities Project (other).
  • Martin, N. (organiser), Chambers, A. (organiser), Kuryel, A. (organiser), Souch, I.S. (organiser) & Stuit, H.H. (organiser) (2-3-2011 - 4-3-2011): ASCA International Conference & Workshop, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


  • Martin, N. (speaker) (16-12-2016): Hospitality, labour and the decolonisation of work in Nick Broomfield’s Ghosts, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis (ASCA).
  • Martin, N. (speaker) (15-3-2013): Spaces of Precarity: Rhythm and Hospitality in Marc Isaacs' 'Lift', The Cities Seminar, Amsterdam.
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