Lisa Trahair is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies.

 

Shortly before completing my PhD at the University of Sydney, I was appointed Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland (1996) and one year later took the position of (interdisciplinary) Co-ordinator of Film Studies for the Faculty of Arts. In 1999, I returned to Sydney to UNSW where I currently teach and research.

 

My primary research focus is on how popular and avant-garde artefacts make use of the image both as a source of aesthetic pleasure and to contemplate, and thus formulate ideas about, reality. My area of expertise is film studies and within that film comedy and film and philosophy. My book The Comedy of Philosophy: Sense and Nonsense in Early Cinematic Slapstick was published by SUNY in 2007. I continue to publish in the areas of comic performance, contemporary European cinema, and film and philosophy. Forthcoming projects include Understanding Cinematic Thinking: Film-Philosophy in Bresson, von Trier and Haneke, co-written with Gregory Flaxman and Robert Sinnerbrink, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, (expected publication in 2019) and Second Nature: Comic Performance and Philosophy, co-edited with Josephine Gray, Rowman & Littlefield, 2020. In the latter part of 2019 I will be visiting scholar at the University of Amsterdam.

 

As well as being the recipient of many Faculty research grants, I have been the first chief investigator on two interdisciplinary ARC Discovery projects. The first of these grants (DP0450596) was with Professor Jim Davis, now in Theatre Studies at Warwick University, for the project “The Framing and Staging of Comic Performance in the Nineteenth and Early 20th Centuries”. The second (DP1092889) was an interdisciplinary collaboration with Assoc. Professor Robert Sinnerbrink (Philosophy, Macquarie University) and Associate Professor Gregory Flaxman (Comparative Literature, University of North Carolina) entitled “Film as Philosophy: Understanding Cinematic Thinking”. In 2009 I was awarded a UNSW Vice-Chancellor’s Goldstar Award ($30,000) for this project. I have also received grants in the past from the University of Sydney and the NSW Film and Television Office.

 

With the second ARC Grant I co-founded the Cinematic Thinking Network (currently over 100 members) and hosted 5 workshops on related topics at UNSW. These involved contributions from both Australian and international scholars from post-graduate level to eminent professors. Two of these workshops resulted in special issues of international journals co-edited by me and Robert Sinnerbrink: Cinema and/as Ethics, Substance 45:3, 2016; Special Dossier: Cinematic Thinking, Screening the Past, 38, 2013. In addition, I co-edited with Lisabeth During Belief in Cinema: Themes after André Bazin, a special issue of Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities 17:4, 2012.

 

At UNSW I have held numerous administrative positions, from being the Dean’s delegate on the then COFA Faculty Board, to contributing to appointment committees and promotion committees (for both the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science). I have been the school representative on the FASS Standing Committee and the FASS Honours Working Party. I have held the positions of Film Studies Convenor, School Honours Convenor and School Research Convenor.

Subject areas

Publications

Books
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Trahair LM, 2007, The Comedy of Philosophy: Sense and Nonsense in Early Cinematic Slapstick, State University of New York Press, Albany, USA
2007
Book Chapters
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Trahair LM, 2017, 'Aberrant Movement and Somatography in the Hysterical Films of Roméo Bosetti', in Woodward A; Jones G (ed.), Acinemas: Lyotard's Philosophy of Film, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 180 - 180
2017
Trahair LM, 2012, 'Godard and Ranciere: Automatism, Montage, Thinking', in Ross A; Deranty J-P (ed.), Jacques Ranciere and the Contemporary Scene: The Philosophy of Radical Equality, edn. Original, Continuum, London, pp. 43 - 66
2012
Trahair LM, 2011, ''The General (C. Bruckman, B. Keaton, 1926)'', in Gandini L (ed.), Is Cinema Americano Attraverso I Film, edn. Original, Carocci, Rome, pp. 25 - 39
2011
Trahair LM, 2009, 'Jean-Francois Lyotard', in Colman F (ed.), Film, Theory and Philosophy: The Key Thinkers, Acumen, Durham, pp. 222 - 232
2009
During L; Trahair L, 2008, 'Film theory', in Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, edn. 1, pp. 166 - 195, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ywcct/mbn009
2008
Trahair L, 2007, 'Film theory', in Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, edn. 1, pp. 165 - 185, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/ywcct/mbm018
2007
Trahair LM, 1999, 'Fool`s gold: metamorphosis in Buster Keaton`s Sherlock, Jr.', in Falling for you: essays on cinema and performance, edn. Original, Power Publications, Sydney, Australia, pp. 209 - 244
1999
Trahair LM, 1991, 'For the Noise of a Fly', in The Illusion of Life: Essays on Animation, Power Publications, Sydney, pp. 182 - 208
1991
Conference Papers
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Trahair LM, 2005, 'Lights, Camera, Editing: Understanding Film', in English Association English Teachers` Conference 2005, English Association English Teachers` Conference 2005, University of Sydney, NSW, presented at English Association English Teachers` Conference 2005, University of Sydney, NSW, 05 March 2005
2005
Journal articles
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Trahair L, 2016, 'Anywhere or Not at All: Philosophy of Contemporary Art', CRITICAL INQUIRY, vol. 42, pp. 415 - 416, http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/684384
2016
Trahair L, 2016, 'Belief in this world: The dardenne brothers' the son and Søren Kierkegaard's fear and trembling', Sub-Stance, vol. 45, pp. 98 - 119, http://dx.doi.org/10.3368/ss.45.3.98
2016
Sinnerbrink R; Trahair L, 2016, 'Film and/as ethics', Sub-Stance, vol. 45, pp. 3 - 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.3368/ss.45.3.3
2016
Trahair LM, 2014, 'Being on the Outside: Cinematic Automatism in Stanley Cavell’s The World Viewed', Film-Philosophy, vol. 18, pp. 128 - 146, http://www.film-philosophy.com/index.php/f-p/article/view/1034
2014
Trahair LM; Sinnerbrink R, 2013, 'Editorial Introduction: Thinking cinematically before Deleuze', Screening the Past
2013
Trahair LM, 2013, 'Serious Film: Cavell, Automatism and Michael Haneke’s Caché', Screening the Past, http://www.screeningthepast.com/
2013
During LJ; Trahair LM, 2012, 'Editorial Introduction: Belief in Cinema: Revisiting themes from Bazin', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 17, pp. 1 - 8, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2012.747326
2012
Trahair LM, 2012, 'Belief in Cinema: Jean-Luc Godard's Je vous salue, Marie and the Pedagogy of Images', Angelaki, vol. 17, pp. 193 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0969725X.2012.747337
2012
Trahair LM, 2009, 'Dialektika rövidre zárva: elbeszélés és burleszk Buster Keaton mozijában', Apertúra
2009
Dawkins RH; Ford HC; Trahair LM, 2006, 'Film Theory', Year S Work In Critical and Cultural Theory, vol. 14, pp. 311 - 335
2006
Trahair LM, 2005, 'Figural vision: Freud, Lyotard and early cinematic comedy', Screen, vol. 46, pp. 175 - 193, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/screen/hjh058
2005
Trahair LM, 2004, 'Comedy and Beyond: on Geoff King`s Film Comedy', Film-Philosophy, vol. 8, pp. On-line
2004
Trahair LM, 2004, 'The narrative machine: Buster Keaton`s cinematic comedy, Deleuze`s recursion function and the operational aesthetic', Senses of Cinema, vol. 33, pp. on-line journal
2004
Trahair LM, 2003, 'Senses of Visuality: Sardines, Surveillance and Cinema', Theory and Event, vol. 7
2003
Trahair LM, 2002, 'Short-circuiting the dialectic: narrative and slapstick in the cinema of Buster Keaton.', Narrative, vol. 10, pp. 307 - 325, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/nar.2002.0022
2002
Trahair LM, 2002, 'The ghost in the machine: the comedy of technology in the cinema of Buster Keaton', The South Atlantic Quarterly, vol. 101, pp. 573 - 588, http://dx.doi.org/10.1215/00382876-101-3-573
2002
Trahair LM, 2002, 'A taste for murder: aesthetics in the Silence of the Lambs', New Formations, vol. 47, pp. 155 - 170
2002
Trahair LM, 2001, 'The comedy of philosophy Bataille. Hegel and Derrida', Angelaki - Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, vol. 6, pp. 155 - 169, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09697250120088003
2001
Other
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Trahair LM; Sinnerbrink R (ed.), 2016, Cinematic Thinking: Film and/as Ethics, http://sub.uwpress.org/content/45/3.toc
2016
Trahair LM, 2015, Lisa Trahair Reviews Peter Osborne's Anywhere or Not at All, University of Chicago Press, http://criticalinquiry.uchicago.edu/lisa_trahair_reviews_peter_osbornes_anywhere_or_not_at_all/
2015
Trahair LM; Sinnerbrink R (eds.), 2013, Screening the Past: Special Dossier: Cinematic Thinking, The Screening the Past Group, Melbourne,
2013
Trahair LM; During L (eds.), 2012, Angelaki Special Issue: Belief in Cinema: Themes after André Bazin, Taylor & Francis, UK
2012