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Dr Dieter Declerq

Assistant Lecturer in Film and Media




Dr Dieter Declercq is Assistant Lecturer in Film and Media Studies. In 2017, he completed his PhD in Film Studies (A Philosophy of Satire. Critique, Entertainment, Therapy), at the University of Kent. Before arriving at Kent, Dieter completed a BA in Literature and Linguistics, a BA in Philosophy, an MA in Western Literature (all KU Leuven in Belgium), an MA by Research in Film Studies, focusing on TV comedy and the Baby Boom generation (De Montfort University) and an MA in Translation and Interpreting (Erasmus University College Brussels).

Dieter has taught a variety of modules across departments in the School of Arts since 2014, including Film Style (FI313), Film Theory (FI315), Film Histories (FI316), Animated Worlds (FI573), Media and Meaning (ART301) and Introduction to Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art (HA361/2). He has also delivered extra-curricular Study Plus Courses, including Film and Media Analysis (KE180) and Discover Dutch (KE156), as well as the Language Express evening class, Dutch A1 Beginners (LEXP1110). He is also involved in outreach and widening-participation activities for the School of Arts, as well as The Brilliant Club, a charity which aims to widen access to university for students from underrepresented groups.

Dieter’s research is interdisciplinary and combines methodologies from Film Studies, Media Studies and Analytic Aesthetics to approach topics around popular media, especially satire, comedy, animated cartoons, comics, irony etc. In his current research, he is particularly interested in the interaction between comedy and mental health. In 2016, Dieter co-curated the exhibition There is an Alternative! Critical Cartoons and Comics at the Templeman Library. He has also organised several international conferences and delivered a keynote address on satire at Karlstad University in 2018.  His research has been published in journals such as Ethical Perspectives and the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. You can read a short introduction to Dieter’s research on Aesthetics for Birds, a blog about “Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art for Everyone”:

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Declercq, D. (2018). A Definition of Satire (And Why a Definition Matters). The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism [Online] 76:319-330. Available at:
Dieter, D. (2016). Wink wink, nudge nudge? Visual indicators of communicative irony in comics. Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics:2-18.
Declercq, D. (2013). The philosophical and ethical significance of humour. The Simpsons as humorous ethical truth-telling. Ethical Perspectives 20:271-298.
Declercq, D. (2011). Het vangen van de Road Runner. Beschouwingen bij Plato's teleologisch project. Kleio. Tijdschrift voor oude talen en antieke cultuur 40:146-165.
Book section
Declercq, D. (2018). Can we learn the truth from Lenny Bruce? A careful cognitivism about satire. In: Rutter Giappone, K. B., Francis, F. and MacKenzie, I. eds. Comedy and Critical Thought : Laughter As Resistance. Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 45 -64.
Declercq, D. (2014). 'These people are the enemy!' The moral responsibilities of film and television history as part of the humanities. In: Mee, L. and Walker, J. eds. Cinema, Television, History : New Approaches. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press, pp. 105-120.
Declercq, D. (2014). 'Die mensen zijn de vijand!' Het geweld van het neoliberale kapitalisme en de morele verantwoordelijkheden van de menswetenschappen. In: Van Coillie, G., Anckaert, L. and Thoen, P. eds. Geweld Herdacht. Voorbij Oorlog En Vrede. Acco, pp. 177-194.
Declercq, D. (2019). 'Comedy and Mental Health: Future Directions', Conference Review. The Polyphony [Online]. Available at:
Declercq, D. (2018). Humour as Politics: The Political Aesthetics of Contemporary Comedy, by Nicholas Holm, London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2017, pp., £67.99 hardback), ISBN: 9783319509495. Comedy Studies [Online] 9:260-262. Available at:
Declercq, D. (2017). Where to From Here?: Four Conversations on Comedy and Aesthetics in Lewisburg, PA. American Society for Aesthetics Graduate E-Journal [Online] 9. Available at:
Declercq, D. (2015). Bart Pattyn,Media en Mentaliteit. Lannoo, 2014. ISBN 978-94-014-1289-6. Critical Studies in Television: The International Journal of Television Studies [Online] 10:147-149. Available at:
Conference or workshop item
Declercq, D. (2019). Humour as coping in the cartoons of Christine-Jane Wilson. In: Queering Graphic Medicine. Paradigms, Power and Practices.
Internet publication
Declercq, D. (2018). What Is Satire? [Blog]. Available at:
Declercq, D. (2017). A Philosophy of Satire. Critique, Entertainment, Therapy.
Total publications in KAR: 14 [See all in KAR]


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