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MQRES PhD Scholarships (Arts): Philosophy*

Project: Cinematic Ethics: Exploring Ethical Experience through Film

Closing Date (extended): 30 April, 2014

Reference Numbers: 2014093 2014094

Two full-time Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES) are available for suitably qualified prospective PhD candidates in the Department of Philosophy associated with successful ARC Future Fellowship project FT130100334.

*Please quote the allocation reference numbers 2014093 & 2014094 on your application form.*

These two MQRES Scholarships are part of the ARC Future Fellowship project (FT130100334) on Cinematic Ethics awarded to Dr Robert Sinnerbrink. This project is a study of cinema as a medium of ethical experience and critical
reflection. It brings together philosophy, film theory, aesthetics, and ethical theory, to understand how film can evoke ethical experience through images and narrative. Although recent work in philosophy of film has begun exploring the question of ethics, there is comparatively little theoretical reflection on what this means: how do movies evoke and express ethical ideas? How can they reveal the complexities of a moral or political situation?
What role does our emotional involvement play in this process? Can the aesthetic elements of film be ethically significant? The successful PhD candidates will contribute to exploring these and related questions in
order to theorise how film, through its power of aesthetic presentation, can exercise our moral imaginations and enhance our ethical understanding.

The successful candidates would be expected to produce research with a complementary yet stand-alone focus with respect to the research project outlined above.

The scholarships must be taken up by second semester 2014.

Initial inquiries should be directed to Dr. Robert Sinnerbrink, email: robert.sinnerbrink@mq.edu.au, phone: +61 (0)2 9850 9935 before submitting an application.

The 2014 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,392 pa tax exempt for three years.