2011 Workshop on Cinematic Thinking

From 5th to 8th December, 2011 UNSW hosted a "Workshop on Cinematic Thinking" as part of an Australia Research Council Discovery Project on "Film as Philosophy: Understanding Cinematic Thinking" held by Dr Lisa Trahair (UNSW), Dr Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie University) and Dr Gregory Flaxman (University of North Carolina).

One of the aims of the ARC project is to initiate collaboration between the disciplines of film studies and philosophy by establishing a network of scholars of international renown and a forum for their interaction. Accordingly, the 2011 workshop was designed to showcase the collaborators' progress on the project and to bring together scholars working on film and philosophy in Australia to present their current research in the field. The Workshop was also intended to prepare for an international conference to be held on the topic in 2014 by meeting with a smaller cohort of academics working on film and philosophy.

Participants were invited to present research that explores the idea of film as philosophy, reflects on how cinematic thinking is understood in different philosophical approaches, considers how the relationship between cinematic thinking and ethics can be productively conceived, examines the impact of philosophy on film theory, and/or analyses the work of individual film-philosophers.

Workshop Program

Download the full program with abstracts (PDF)

Presenters at the workshop included:

  • Mathew Abbott, 'Kiarostami's Picture Theory: Cinematic Scepticism in The Wind Will Carry Us'
  • Damian Cox, 'Philosophical Film Spectatorship'
  • Jean-Philippe Deranty, 'Seeing the birth and the limits of thought'
  • Gregory Flaxman, 'Once More, With Feeling: Toward a Haptic Cinema'
  • Greg Hainge, 'Gaspar Noé's Enter the Void and the Biocinematic Imaginary'
  • Marguerite La Caze, ''I've never met a me': Philosophy and identity in D'ailleurs Derrida'
  • Paul Macovaz, 'Jean Epstein's Aesthetics : Some Philological Analysis'
  • Mairead Phillips, 'Alfred Hitchcock and the impulse-image'
  • Robert Sinnerbrink, 'Philosophy in the boudoir: Cinematic critique in the films of Catherine Breillat'
  • Richard Smith, 'Simultaneity, action and the intuition of time'
  • Jane Stadler, 'Phenomenology of Emplacement and Displacement in Australian Cinema'
  • Lisa Trahair, 'Belief and the Spiritual Automaton in Breaking the Waves'

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