Doctor Alex Ling

Doctor Alex Ling

Senior Research Lecturer, Com. & Media,
Arts (sohca)


Dr Alex Ling is Senior Research Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. Alex received his doctorate from the University of Melbourne, where he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for the Best PhD Thesis.

He has published two single-author monographs, Badiou and Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2011) (review; review) and Badiou Reframed (I.B. Tauris, 2017), and is the editor and translator (with A.J. Bartlett) of Mathematics of the Transcendental (Bloomsbury, 2014) (review; review). 

His principal research interests are in film and critical theory and the intersections between art, science and philosophy, with especial focus on the work of Alain Badiou, Jacques Lacan, Jacques Rancière and Gilles Deleuze. 

His current research is on the conservative function of scandals in contemporary society.  

This information has been contributed by Doctor Ling.


  • PhD University of Melbourne
  • BA (hons) University of Melbourne
  • BA (Cinema Studies) University of Melbourne

Professional Memberships

  • Australian Society for Continental Philosophy (2004)
  • Modernist Studies Association (2013)
  • Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (2013)
  • American Philosophical Association (2013)


  • Graduate Research Excellence Award (University of Melbourne) 2010-11-01
  • Fred Knight Research Scholarship 2005-01-01
  • RG Wilson Scholarship 2005-01-01
  • Australian Postgraduate Award Scholarship 2005-01-01
  • Commonwealth Education Costs Scholarship 2014-01-01
  • Edward Stevens Exhibition in English Language and Literature 2002-01-01

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Arts (sohca)


Phone: (02) 9685 9476
Location: EQ.1.45

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 101979 Understanding Visual Culture, 2017
  • 101989 Thinking Cinema, 2016
  • 102192 Cinema and Censorship, 2017



  • Ling, A. (2017), 'Badiou Reframed: Interpreting Key Thinkers for the Arts', : I.B. Tauris 9781780762609.
  • Badiou, A., Ling, A. and Bartlett, A. (2014), 'Mathematics of the Transcendental', : Bloomsbury 9781441189240.
  • Ling, A. (2011), 'Badiou and Cinema', : Edinburgh University Press 9780748641130.

Chapters in Books

  • Badiou, A., Bartlett, A., Burchill, L., Bliss, L., Clemens, J., Cooke, B., Ling, A., Cleary, J., Boncado, R., Mereine, K. and Hills, L. (2018), ''The movement of emancipation' : round table interview with Alain Badiou', Badiou and His Interlocutors: Lectures, Interviews and Responses, Bloomsbury 9781350026650.
  • Ling, A. (2018), 'An inessential art? : positioning cinema in Alain Badiou's philosophy', Badiou and His Interlocutors: Lectures, Interviews and Responses, Bloomsbury 9781350026650.
  • Ling, A. (2017), 'Thinking cinema with Alain Badiou', Film as Philosophy, University of Minnesota Press 9781517900502.
  • Ling, A. (2015), 'Lars von Trier and the end of cinema : melancholia', The London Film & Media Reader 3: The Pleasures of the Spectacle: 60 Essays from Film and Media 2013 the Third Annual London Film and Media Conference, 26-29 June 2013, London, U.K., London Symposium 9780957363151.
  • Ling, A. and Bartlett, A. (2014), 'Translators' introduction : the categorial imperative', Mathematics of the Transcendental, Bloomsbury 9781441189240.
  • Ling, A. (2010), 'Ontology', Alain Badiou: Key Concepts, Acumen 9781844652297.
  • Ling, A. (2006), 'Can Cinema Be Thought? Alain Badiou and the Artistic Condition', The Praxis of Alain Badiou, 9780980305203.

Journal Articles

  • Ling, A. (2018), 'Cinematic logic and the function of the cut', Sanglap: Journal of Literary and Cultural Inquiry, vol 4, no 2 , pp 26 - 54.
  • Ling, A. (2016), 'The schlock of the new : Badiou, Duchamp, and the everyday miracle', Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy, vol 26 , pp 136 - 156.
  • Alberts, P., Bubbio, D., Barbour, C. and Ling, A. (2014), 'Editors' introduction : continental philosophy in Australia', Parrhesia, vol 21 , pp 1 - 2.
  • Ling, A. (2012), 'Parentheses in time : L'Annee Derniere a Marienbad (1961) as amorous event', Screening the Past, vol 34 .
  • Ling, A. (2006), 'Keeping the Faith: On Being Good and How Not to be Evil', Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, vol 2, no 1 , pp 359 - 364.
  • Ling, A. (2006), 'Can Cinema Be Thought? Alain Badiou and the Artistic Condition', Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, vol 2, no 2 , pp 263 - 273.

Other Publications

  • 2009, 'Cinema as a democratic emblem', Published Work

Alex is currently writing a book titled Scandalous Times: Contemporary Creativity and the Rise of State-Sanctioned Controversy


We live in scandalous times. Every day some new controversy demands our attention, our emotional investment, and ultimately our judgment.

The transgressive nature of these scandals leads many to understand them in revelatory terms: as offering a tantalising glimpse of what really goes on, cutting through the multiple layers of artifice to reveal an underlying ‘truth’.

Others, however, contend that these routine transgressions simply present the strategic face of contemporary capitalism: calculated marketing exercises designed to stimulate consumer interest, such ‘controversies’ arguably do little more than attest to the contemporary truism that there is no such thing as bad publicity’.

Yet there exists today another, far more insidious form of scandal; one that is less concerned with the direct accumulation of capital than with shoring up the base mechanisms of power. Here, the scandal paradoxically replicates the disruptive effects of radical creation (without, for all that, presenting anything new) in order to produce its very opposite: stasis. What we instead bear witness to is the production of the simulacrum of novelty, the sole purpose of which is to stand in for – and thereby neutralise – the very possibility of real creation and the threat this entails.

From Donald Trump to Kanye West to the Academy Awards, Scandalous Times explores the ways in which areas like art, advertising, and social media actively contribute to this ‘static’ fabrication of controversy, all the while arguing for the need to rethink creation as a radical exception to the state, and not its proxy. 

This information has been contributed by Doctor Ling.


Doctor Ling is available to be a principal supervisor for doctoral projects

Current Supervision

Thesis Title: The Relationship of Alain Badiou's Philosophy to Contemporary Developments in Mathematics and Logic
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Write by Law: Narrative Subjectivity and Symbolic Authority in Samuel Beckett's Three Novels
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: The Ethics of Enjoyment as a Normative Theory and its Implications for Metaethics Supervisors
Field of Research:
Thesis Title: Porno Chic: An Analysis of the Costumed Bodies of 1970s Soft-Porn Films Through The Symbolisms of the Ancient Greek God Dionysus and His Representation as Mask
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: WE: Subjects of Kino-Eye. Filmmaking Subject to the Legacy of Dziga Vertov and the Kinoks
Field of Research: Audio Visual Studies
Thesis Title: "Just Enough Still to Joy": Beckett, Lacan and the Jouissance of Writing a Little Real
Field of Research: Literature; Other Creative Arts
Thesis Title: `You as You Always Were?: Samuel Beckett and Kantian Critical Philosophy
Field of Research: Other Society And Culture
Thesis Title: Creation and the Function of Art
Field of Research: Philosophy; Other Creative Arts; Creative Arts Not Elsewhere Classified

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