2013 Workshop

Workshop on Cinematic Thinking: The Ethics of Cinematic Thinking

The Third Cinematic Thinking Workshop: 'Cinema and/as Ethics'

UNSW from 9th-11th December 2013.

The Third Cinematic Thinking Workshop was dedicated to examining the intersection between film and ethics and the possibility of evoking ethical experience and thinking through cinema. Much work has been done in recent years on the relationship between film and philosophy; and many theorists have addressed ethical topics and issues through the critical analysis of film. But can cinema be regarded as a medium of ethical thinking in its own right? How can contemporary philosophical research on film address ethical questions and political problems? Given the cultural and aesthetic power of cinema to evoke affect, emotion, and reflection, how can film-philosophy retrieve and reinvent concepts of belief, ethical experience, critique, and ideology in a globalised world?

Workshop Program

Download the full program with abstracts (PDF)

Presentations at the workshop included:

  • Robert Sinnerbrink, ‘Cinematic Ethics: Film as a Medium of Ethical Experience’
  • David Macarthur, ‘Film & the Question of Acknowledgment’
  • Damian Cox, ‘The Dardenne Bros and the Catastrophe of Philosophical Ethics’
  • Mathew Abbott, ‘Ethics, Qualia, and Knowledge: On Kiarostami’s Ten
  • Marguerite LaCaze, ‘Ethics in an unethical world: Nader and Simin, a separation’
  • Seung-hoon Jeong, ‘Ethics of Community, Cinema of Catastrophe’
  • James Phillips, ‘Tati and the Unbound Gag: Towards a Cinematic Phenomenology of Disorientation’
  • Daniel Brennan, ‘The Epicurean Politics of Jiri Menzel’s Films’
  • Thomas E. Wartenberg, ‘Amour
  • Hamish Ford, ‘Ethical Dissatisfaction, Virtual Utopia and Despair: Imag(in)ing Revolution with Cinema and Lefebvre’
  • Angelos Koutsourakis, ‘The Ethics and Politics of Negation: Postdramatic Elements in Three German Films’
  • David H. Fleming, ‘Rescuing suicide via ethico-aesthetic documentary and Deleuze’
  • Teresa Rizzo, ‘Without Judgment: A Feminist Reading of the Immanent Ethics and Aesthetics in Morvern Callar
  • Chris Falzon, ‘Dirty Harry Ethics’
  • Gregory Flaxman, ‘The Bressonian Touch’
  • Lisabeth During, ‘Goodness, Sacrifice and the World to Come: Simone Weil works in a factory and Ingrid Bergman follows her there’
  • Matthew Sharpe, ‘Fearless? Peter Weir, Michel de Montaigne and Martha Nussbaum on the Best Life for Human Beings’


Back to top