Viewing Values; Varities of Ethical Experience in Cinematic Spectatorship

A film philosophy & ethics Research Colloquium on the “good” of film

Date: MARCH 27, 2019
Venue: Exposition Hall, Harmony Building, Oude Kijk in ‘t Jatstraat 26, Groningen

10.30: Coffee in the Weber Foyer, opposite the Exposition Hall

11:00: Welcome by Annie van den Oever (University of Groningen)

11:05-11:50: Liesbeth Korthals Altes (University of Groningen): “Ethical Turns and a Meta-Hermeneutic Way Out?” (Respondent: Margriet van der Waal)

11:50-12:25: Martin Rossouw (University of Groningen): “Courting the Contingent: Terrence Malick, Receptivity, and Improvisational Filmmaking as Transformational Ethics” (Respondent: Thijs Lijster)

12:30-14:00: Lunch Break

14:00-14:45: Julian Hanich (University of Groningen): “Weeping over Values: On Cinematic Tears“ (Respondent: Suzanne Human)

14:45-15:30: Thomas Wartenberg (Mount Holyoke College): “Can Watching Films Improve Us?” (Respondent: Annie van den Oever)

15:30-16:00: Coffee Break (Weber Foyer)

16:00-16:45: Robert Sinnerbrink (Macquarie University): “Film-Philosophy as Transformative Ethics: A Response to Rossouw“ (Respondent: Martin Rossouw)

Drinks in the Weber Foyer

Masterclass on The Look of Silence /The Act of Killing by Robert Sinnerbrink, Macquarie University, Australia

Date March 28,  11 to 12.30 h

Location: Marie Lokezaal

The well-known Australian film philosopher Robert Sinnerbrink recently wrote an article on the Joshua Oppenheimer documentary The Look of Silence (2015) (the companion piece to The Act of Killing).

Sinnerbrink’s writings reflect on the documentary’s historical, ethical, political and aesthetic focus. Oppenheimer’s interrogation into the casual use of  violence to silence the political enemies and numbing the killers in the process is but one element to be discussed in the masterclass.