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 is the author of Scandalous Times: Contemporary Creativity and the Rise of State-Sanctioned Controversy (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020), 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 Academic, 2014) (review; review). He is also a founding editor of the Journal of Continental Philosophy

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

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  • 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


  • Cinema Studies
  • Contemporary European Philosophy
  • Continental Philosophy
  • Critical and Cultural Theory
  • Psychoanalytic Theory
  • Art Theory
  • Modernism - Literature and Visual Cultures
  • Visual Culture

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Arts (SoHCA)



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Previous Teaching Areas

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



  • Ling, A. (2020), 'Scandalous Times: Contemporary Creativity and the Rise of State-Sanctioned Controversy', : Bloomsbury Academic 9781350068551.
  • 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, 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's most recent book is Scandalous Times: Contemporary Creativity and the Rise of State-Sanctioned Controversy (London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020). 


We live in scandalous times. Every day some new controversy demands our attention, our emotional investment, and, ultimately, our judgment. Many of these routine transgressions will be understood in ‘revelatory’ terms, as peeling back the multiple layers of artifice and spin to reveal an underlying, and oftentimes disturbing, ‘truth’. Others will be recognized as calculated marketing exercises that simply present the strategic face of contemporary capitalism. 

Yet these ‘ordinary’ scandals can themselves be seen to be largely derivative of another, altogether more fundamental—and fundamentally rare—form of disruption. Such is the real scandal that accompanies instances of authentic creation. Building on the philosophy of Alain Badiou, Scandalous Times not only argues the case for such ‘real scandal’, but also shows how it is today being abrogated and substituted through the increasing production of novel forms of state-sanctioned controversy. 

From Duchamp to Donald Trump, Scandalous Times explores the ways in which areas from art and advertising to politics and social media have come to actively contribute to this ‘static’ fabrication of controversy, all the while arguing for the need to rethink creativity 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: 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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