The Showroom

Book Launch: A Critique of Judgment in Film and Television

Thursday 8 May 2014, 6–10pm.

Free, book here


In response to the significant increase of judgment and judgmentalism in contemporary film and television, A Critique of Judgment in Film and Television investigates the evolving connections between the aesthetics and ethics of judgment. The volume ultimately contemplates whether we should, and can, do without judgment, questions that are just the beginning of a much-needed re-examination. By exploring examples of entertainment that aim to instigate judgment, A Critique of Judgment in Film and Television also advances the as yet underdeveloped area of research into television and philosophy.

A Critique of Judgment in Film and Television is edited by Silke Panse & Dennis Rothermel and published by Palgrave Macmillan.

Event Schedule

6.30pm: Welcome

6.35pm: Judgment and/or Justice: Constructing an Affective Ethics, Colin Gardner (University of California, Santa Barbara)

6.50pm: The Judging Spectator in the Image, Silke Panse (University for the Creative Arts)

7.05pm: The Tones of Judgment in Local Evening News, Dennis Rothermel (California State University, Chico)

7.20pm: Judgment and the Disappeared Subject in The Headless Woman, Bev Zalcock (Birkbeck College, University of London)

7.25pm: Drinks

8pm: Cinematic Judgment and Universal Communicability, Richard Rushton (Lancaster University) and Judging Cinema: Peter Greenaway’s J’Accuse, Alan Singer (Temple University)

8.15pm: A Judgment on Judgment: Milosevic on Trial, Jon Kear (University of Kent)

8.30pm: Judging Documentary: Peirce’s Better Triad, Brian Winston (University of Lincoln) via recording

8.35pm: Biting Critiques: Paranormal Romance and Moral Judgment, Lynn Houston (State University of new York) via recording

08.45pm Panel Q&A