• Position :
  • Adjunct Professor

  • Department :
  • Communications
  • Phone :
  • 001-604-822-6656
  • E-mail :
  • Office hours :
  • By appointment
  • Nationality :
  • Belgian
  • Languages :
  • English, Dutch, French
  • Education :
  • PhD Communication Studies - Vrije Universiteit Brussel (2000)


    MA Cultural Studies - Vrije Universiteit Brussel (1993)


    BA Communications Studies - Vrije Universiteit Brussel (1992)


  • Teaching :
  • Vesalius College: 2011-present

    • Topics in European Film


    University of British Columbia: 2006-present

    • Film Studies


    Aberystwyth University: 2001-2006

    • Film Studies


    Vrije Universiteit Brussel: 1999-2002

    • Film Studies
    • Visual Culture


    RITS, Erasmushogeschool: 1993-2001

    • Film Studies
  • Research area(s) :
    • Film Studies
    • Media and Cultural Studies
    • Sociology of Culture
    • Philosophy of Culture and Art


  • Research Project(s) :
  • Digital Cinema - Social Science and Humanities Research Council, University of British Columbia (2012-2013)


    Cult Cinema - Social Science and Humanities Research Council, University of British Columbia (2009-2012)


    Film Audiences - Economic and Social Sciences Research Council, Aberystwyth University (2003-2004)


    Reality Television - RITS, Erasmushogeschool (2001-2002)


  • Selected Publications :
  • Mathijs, Ernest, John Fawcett’s Ginger Snaps. Toronto: University of Toronto Press; to be released in September 2013.


    Barker, Martin and Ernest Mathijs (2012), ‘Researching World Audiences: the Experience of a Complex Methodology,’ Participations: Journal of Audience and Reception Studies, 9.1 (December 2012), online at:


    Mathijs, Ernest (2012), ‘Cronenberg Connected: Cameo Acting, Cult Stardom, and Supertexts’, in Kate Egan and Sarah Thomas (eds), Cult Film Stardom: Offbeat Attractions and Processes of Cultification, Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, 144-162.


    Mathijs, Ernest (2012), ‘From Being to Acting: Performance in Cult Cinema’, in Aaron Taylor (ed), Theorizing Film Acting, London: Routledge, 135-151.


    Mathijs, Ernest (2011), “Exploitation Cinema.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Film and Media. Ed. Krin Gabbard. New York: Oxford UP.


    Mathijs, Ernest (2011), ‘Referential Acting and the Ensemble Cast,’ Screen 52 (1): 89-96. [doi:10.1093/screen/hjq063]


    Mathijs, Ernest, and Xavier Mendik (2011), 100 Cult Films, London: British Film Institute/Palgrave-Macmillan, 244 pages.


    Mathijs, Ernest and Jamie Sexton (2011), Cult Cinema. Oxford-Boston: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers. 299 pages.


    Mathijs, Ernest (2008), The Cinema of David Cronenberg: From Baron of Blood to Cultural Hero. London: Wallflower Press. 317 pages.


    Mathijs, Ernest and Xavier Mendik (eds) (2008). The Cult Film Reader. London/New York: Open University Press/McGraw-Hill. 549 pages.


    Barker, Martin and Ernest Mathijs (eds) (2007). Watching The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien’s World Audiences. New York: Peter Lang. 297 pages.


    Mathijs, Ernest (ed) (2006), The Lord of the Rings: Popular Culture in Global Context, London: Wallflower Press.. 341 pages.


    Mathijs, Ernest and Murray Pomerance (eds) (2006). From Hobbits to Hollywood: Essays on Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings. New York/Amsterdam: Editions Rodopi. 403 pages.


    Barker, Martin, Kate Egan and Ernest Mathijs (2006). “De mondiale receptie van The Lord of the Rings: een methodologische uitdaging (the worldwide reception of The Lord of the Rings: a Methodological Challenge)’, Tijdschrift voor Communicatiewetenschap en Mediacultuur, 34 (1), 7-27.


    Barker, Martin, Ernest Mathijs and Xavier Mendik (2006), ‘Menstrual Monsters: The Reception of the Ginger Snaps Cult Horror Franchise, Film International, 21 (4/3), 68-77.


    Mathijs, Ernest (2005), ‘Bad Reputations: the Reception of Trash Cinema’, Screen, 46 (4), 451-472.


    Mathijs, Ernest (2004), ‘Nobody is Innocent: Cinema and Sexuality in Contemporary Belgian Culture’, Social Semiotics, 14 (1), 85-101.


    Mathijs, Ernest (ed.) (2004), The Cinema of the Low Countries, London: Wallflower Press. 266 pages.


    Mathijs, Ernest and Janet Jones (eds.) (2004). Big Brother International: Format, Critics and Publics. London: Wallflower Press. 261 pages.


    Mathijs, Ernest and Philippe Meers (2004), ‘Beelden, Kijkers, Publieken (Images, Viewers, Publics)’, in Hans Van Driel (ed.). Beeldcultuur. Amsterdam/Nijmegen: Boom/SUN, 61-89.


    Mathijs, Ernest and Xavier Mendik (eds) (2004). Alternative Europe; European Exploitation and Underground Cinema Since 1945. London: Wallflower Press. 269 pages.


    Mathijs, Ernest (2003), ‘AIDS References in the Critical Reception of David Cronenberg: It May Not Be Such a Bad Disease after All’, Cinema Journal, 42 (4), 29-45


    Mathijs, Ernest (2002). "Big Brother and Critical Discourse: the Reception of Big Brother Belgium". Television and New Media. 3.3 (August): 311 – 322.


    Mathijs, Ernest (2001). "Reel to Real: Film History in Pynchon’s Vineland". Literature/Film Quarterly. 29.1 (Spring): 62 – 70.


    Mathijs, Ernest and Wouter Hessels, ed. (2000) Waarheid en Werkelijkheid: feitelijke, fictionele en artistieke representaties van de realiteit. Brussels: VUBPress. 286 pages


    Mathijs, Ernest and Bert Mosselmans (2000). "Human Culture and Science". Foundations of Science. 5.4 (Fall): 339 – 378.


    Mathijs, Ernest and Bert Mosselmans (2000). "Mimesis and the Representation of Reality: a Historical World View". Foundations of Science. 5.1 (Summer): 61 – 102.


    Aerts, Diederik, Broekaert Jan and Ernest Mathijs (eds.) (1999) Einstein Meets Magritte: an Interdisciplinary reflection. Einstein Meets Magritte. Vol. 1. New York - Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic. 281 pages.


    Aerts, Diederik, Ernest Mathijs and Bert Mosselmans (eds.) (1999) Science and Art: the red Book of Einstein Meets Magritte. Einstein Meets Magritte. Vol. 2. New York - Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic. 262 pages.


    Mosselmans, Bert and Ernest Mathijs (1999). "Jevons' Music Manuscript and the Political Economy of Music". History of Political Economy. 31.special issue (November): 121 – 156.


    Mathijs, Ernest and Bert Mosselmans (1998). "Van Daedalus tot Pygmalion: kunst en mimesis". Tijdschrift voor Filosofie. 60.3 (November): 521 – 553.


    Mathijs, Ernest (1994). "Joseph Beuys en de hedendaagse kunstkritiek". Media en Maatschappij II. Ed. Hans Verstraeten and Peter Perceval. Brussels: VUBPress. 219 - 237.

  • Honours & Awards :
  • Early Career Scholar Award, Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies - University of British Columbia (2008)