Welcome to the homepage of 'Film as Philosophy: Understanding Cinematic Thinking,' a project initially funded by a four-year grant from the Australian Research Council. The grant was held by Dr Lisa Trahair (UNSW), Dr Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie University) and Dr Gregory Flaxman (University of North Carolina). You can learn more about the purpose and progress of the project, or learn more about the investigators.

A primary aim of the project was to bring together scholars working on film and philosophy both in Australia and internationally. To this end, we ran symposia from 2011-2016.  The  2011  "Workshop on Cinematic Thinking" saw twelve researchers presenting their current work on this topic. At the 2012 “Cinematic Thinking Workshop: Thinking Cinematically Before Deleuze”, an international cohort of 15 academics met to present research on cinematic thinking in the writings of Brecht, Artaud, Epstein, Canudo, Munier, Cavell, Lukacs, Eisenstein, Adorno, Metz, Merleau-Ponty and Benjamin. A selection of these papers has been published in Screening the Past, Issue no. 38, December 2013. Papers from the 2013 Cinematic Thinking Workshop: Cinema and/as Ethics" were published in a special issue of SubStance (Issue 141, Volume 45 No. 3, 2016). In 2013 an additional “Cinematic Thinking Workshop: Thinking through Genre” was organised by Kathleen Kelley and Lisabeth During and held at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn New York. The 2014 workshop on Cinema's Realisms" was organised by James Phillips, Robert Sinnerbrink and Lisa Trahair. It included papers by Australian and International speakers from the disciplines of film studies, English, philosophy and art history and finished with a talk by Robert Pippin on film and philosophy. The last workshop to date, again organised by Phillips, Sinnerbrink and Trahair, on "Deleuze and Cinema" was held in November 2015.

Cinematic Thinking Network

The Cinematic Thinking Network aims to stimulate and promote interdisciplinary engagement among scholars interested in the intersection between film and philosophy and in questions of cinematic thinking. The network was established in December 2011 after the first Cinematic Thinking Workshop. The network seeks to identify scholars researching in this exciting new field, whether they are working in the disciplines of film studies, philosophy, art history, comparative literature and language studies, and provide forum for their exchange. Please visit the Network's website to learn more.

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