[SydPhil] CFP: Screening Virtue – What can films and television shows teach us about virtues?

Sylvie Magerstaedt sylvie.magerstaedt at nd.edu.au
Tue Jun 1 17:13:58 AEST 2021

This one-day workshop at The University of Notre Dame Australia in Sydney will explore the philosophical, cinematic and educational aspects of exploring virtue through fictional film and television programmes.

When Friday, 27th August 2021

Where: University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Broadway Campus (exact location tbc), with all or parts of the workshop being also live-streamed via Zoom

Fictional films and television programs can entertain, uplift, distract and educate us, but could they also help to make us better people? This workshop is part of an ongoing research project that aims to bring together moral philosophy with film and television studies in order to demonstrate how fictional film and television can help us deepen and expand our understanding of the virtues and how they can be cultivated.

Topics for this workshop include (but are not limited to):

> Looking at individual virtues and the ways in which fictional screen media can offer us new insights

> Discussing what film and television can – and cannot – teach us about virtues

> Representations of vices and their correlating virtues on screen

> Conceptualising the distinctiveness of screen fiction in exploring virtues and vices

> Investigating the potential applications of these fictional screen representations for character education programs in schools

The workshop particularly aims to encourage a discussion of virtues across disciplines and we welcome proposals from a range of disciplines, in particular philosophy, theology and religious studies, film and television studies, and education.

This workshop is part of a collaborative project between researchers in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Institute for Ethics and Society at The University of Notre Dame Australia.

Short proposals (ca. 300 words) for 20 minute papers either to be presented in person at the workshop or for participation via zoom should be sent to Dr Sylvie Magerstädt (sylvie.magerstaedt at nd.edu.au<mailto:sylvie.magerstaedt at nd.edu.au>) by 09 July 2021. If you have any queries about this workshop, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Best wishes
Dr Sylvie Magerstaedt, FHEA
Senior Lecturer in Film and Media
School of Arts and Sciences
University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney

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