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dr. E.S. (Emiel) Martens

Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Media & Cultuur
Photographer: Misha Melita

Visiting address
  • Turfdraagsterpad 9
  • Room number: 2.22
Postal address
  • Postbus 94550
    1090 GN Amsterdam
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  • About

    Dr. Emiel Martens (1980) is a media lecturer, researcher, consultant, and producer. He graduated cum laude in both Media Studies and Human Geography at the University of Amsterdam, was a visiting scholar at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at University of the West Indies, Mona, and holds a Ph.D in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam. His dissertation, entitled ‘Welcome to Paradise Island: The Rise of Jamaica’s Cine-Tourist Image, 1891-1951’, marked the first study of Jamaica’s early film history and its connections with the island's early tourism history. 

    Emiel joined the Department of Media Studies of the University of Amsterdam as a lecturer and researcher in 2004, where he is now working as Assistant Professor in Film and Visual Culture. In 2016, he also joined the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication (ESHCC) to become a team member of the research project 'Worlds of Imagination' (ERC Consolidator Grant), a comparative study of film tourism in non-western societies. His research interests, publications and talks cover the fields of Postcolonial (Media) Studies, Media Geography, Popular Geopolitics, Migration and Diversity Studies, Creative Industries, Film (and) Tourism, and Alternative Media, with a particular focus on the history, theory and praxis of the (Anglophone) Caribbean film and visual culture.

    Besides his posts at the University of Amsterdam and Erasmus University Rotterdam, Emiel is also the founding director of  Caribbean Creativity, a non-profit organization committed to the production, programming and promotion of Caribbean and other etchnic minority cinema, board member of NALACS, the Netherlands Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, film review editor at ERLACS, the European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, board member at IDleaks, a non-profit organization aimed at better communication on international development, co-organiser of the Ammehoela Film Festival, and one of the dudes of media agency Dudes in your Face (Dutch: Gasten in je Gezicht), where he, among other things, acts as producer and story editor of social impact films such as Welcome to the Smiling Coast (2016) and Gifts from Babylon (2018).           

    Caribbean Creativity




    Ammehoela Film Festival

    Dudes in your Face

  • Publications


    • Martens, E., & Povoa, D. (2017). How to Get Away with Color: Color-Blindness and the Post-Racial Illusion in Popular American Television Series. Alphaville, 13, 117-134. [details]


    • Martens, E. S. (2015). Towards a New Caribbean Cinema? An Interview with Jamaican Filmmaker Storm Saulter. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies , 6(2), 18-25.
    • Martens, E. S., & Saulter, S. (2015). Guest Artist Portfolio: Storm Saulter. Imaginations: Journal of Cross-Cultural Image Studies , 6(2), 10-17.


    • Martens, E. (2012). Maori on the Silver Screen: the evolution of indigenous feature filmmaking in Aotearoa/New Zealand. International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies, 5(1), 2-30. [details]



    • Martens, E. S. (2016). Caribbean Popular Culture: Everyday Lives, Racial Politics and Transnational Movements. Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe, 102, 101-108.
    • Martens, E. S. (2016). Review of Entrepreneurial Selves: Neoliberal Respectability and the Making of a Caribbean Middle Class, written by Carla Freeman. Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe, 101, 138-140.



    • Martens, E. S. (2014). Independent Documentary Filmmaking in Jamaica: An Interview with Esther Figueroa. In A. Traverso, & K. M. Wilson (Eds.), Political Documentary Cinema in Latin America (pp. 166-179). Routledge. [details]


    • Martens, E. (2007). Once were warriors: the aftermath: the controversy of OWW in Aotearoa New Zealand. Amsterdam: Aksant. [details]


    • Martens, E. S. (2016). Maori Cinema. In J. Murray, & K. Nadeau (Eds.), Pop Culture in Asia and Oceania (pp. 139). ABC-Clio.


    • Jaffe, R., & Martens, E. (2014). Niet meer welkom A foreign: De schaduwzijde van Caraïbische mobiliteit in Home Again. In M. S. Thomas (Ed.), Latijns Amerika in beeld: Visies op een bewogen regio (pp. 71-81). (Cuadernos del CEDLA; Vol. 29). CEDLA-UvA. [details]


    • Martens, E. (2010). Voorbij de horizon maar binnen het beeld: imperialisme, globalisering en moderne media. Simulacrum, 18(2/3), 90-95. [details]
    • Martens, E. (2010). [Review of: A.M. Stock (2009) On location in Cuba: street filmmaking during times of transition]. Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe, 88, 123-125. [details]
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  • Ancillary activities
    • Stichting Caribbean Creativity
      Intiatiefnemer, oprichter en voorzitter