CSI PhD candidate wins Film Philosophy Grad Student Prize

May 26, 2022 by Denise Ing

Congratulations to PhD candidate, Joshua Wiebe whose paper, "Kracauer's Rabble" received the Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) Film Philosophy Scholarly Interest Group's Graduate Student Paper Award. 

Joshua's paper brought together two figures of group formation -- the mass ornament in Siegfried Kracauer's work and the rabble in Hegel's Elements of a Philosophy of Right -- in order to think their relation. Reading these two concepts through Miklós Jancsó's Elektra, My Love (1974), the paper argued that the mass ornament can indicate (among other things) a structural response to an anxiety about the violent potential of the rabble.

"Kracauer's Rabble" was part of an SCMS panel organized by Ruochen Bo and Joshua Harold Wiebe on Siegfried Kracauer's contemporary relevance to film-philosophy. The panel included papers from Ruochen and Joshua, as well as Johannes von Moltke and Andrew McCann.