International Frontiers in Education and Research (C), 2017

Film analysis (3) Prof. Paul Standish (Institute of Education, University College London)

Course Description
Thinking about education through film
This course will follow ground-breaking work in film as a medium of philosophical enquiry into education. It will examine film texts to explore the ways in which film as a medium aids the understanding of experience and education in what has been called a post-literate, image-driven society. It will explore the potential of film analysis in relation to such features of contemporary society as digitization, textuality, and changing patterns of conversation. The course has relevance not only to the understanding of the changing world in which young people grow up but to questions of teaching and learning through film. In particular, it builds on work undertaken by the UCL Institute of Education-Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Philosophy of Education Research Colloquium. Over the past ten years, this colloquium has researched education by means of film analysis in an innovative and highly productive way. This work draws on the distinctive approaches of two contrasting philosophers: Stanley Cavell and Gilles Deleuze. It thereby brings together different traditions of thought in a dynamic way. The processes of teaching and learning adopted on the course are themselves occasions for reflections on pedagogy and introduction to productive ways of teaching.


December 10th to December 16th, 2017
Graduate School
Graduate School of Education
Instructor name
Paul Standish(Professor, UCL Institute of Education)
Naoko Saito(Professor, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University)

Day 1: Sunday, December 10, 2017
1 Introduction to course and Educating Rita
Prof. Paul Standish (UCL Institute of Education)  Video
2 Educating Rita: Scene analysis and group discussion
Prof. Paul Standish (UCL Institute of Education)  Video
3 Film, Philosophy and Education
Adrian Skilbeck (UCL Institute of Education)  Video
4 Entering the void – Art, Representation and the Immaterial –
Alison Brady (UCL Institute of Education)  Video
Chien-Ya Sun (UCL Institute of Education)  Video


Day 2: Tuesday, December 12, 2017
6 Thinking about education through film – Cavell, Deleuze and film –
Prof. Paul Standish (UCL Institute of Education)  Video
7 Film analysis and group discussion (2)
Prof. Paul Standish (UCL Institute of Education)  Video
8 Time/Lapse
Jay Eyre (UCL Institute of Education)  Video
9 The pedagogical use of Silence in films
Marinete Araujo de Silva Fobister (UCL Institute of Education)  Video
10 Teaching and the receptive disposition: Uncovering the feminine voice in philosophy of education
Guest lecture by Andrea English (The University of Edinburgh)  Video


Day 3: Saturday, December 16, 2017
11 Film analysis (3)
Prof. Paul Standish (UCL Institute of Education)  Video
12 Summing-up lecture
Prof. Paul Standish (UCL Institute of Education)  Video


Textbooks/References, etc.
Film as Philosophy: Essays on Cinema after Wittgenstein and Cavell , Read, R., and Goodenough, J. (eds.) (Palgrave Macmillan, 2005)

Cinema I: The Movement-Image, Deleuze, G. (Bloomsbury Revelations, 2013)

Contesting Tears, Cavell, S. (The University of Chicago Press, 1996)

“’Not to explain, but to accept’: Wittgenstein and the pedagogic potential of film” in Peters, M. and Stickney, J. (eds.), A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education - Pedagogical Investigations, Gibbs, A. (Springer, 2017)

The World Viewed: Reflections on the Ontology of Film, Cavell, S. (Harvard University Press, 1971)