Joanna Callaghan’s work utilises film making as a means of exploring philosophical issues. The films probe questions of ontology in different historical moments and contexts. Her research is informed by film philosophy arguments that film can engender philosophical practices.  As a film practitioner, she argues that a reflexive use of film form from within narrative structure, allows a thinking through of philosophical problems.

Ontological Narratives (2003-2014) is an on-going practice led research project by Callaghan. Funded by two Arts and Humanities Research Council grants, four films have been produced, alongside journal articles, book chapters and a monograph. The project seeks to formalise ideas related to philosophy and film practice into a coherent praxis evident the production of a series of films, each addressing an ontological position alongside writing that contextualises this practice

Her latest film is “Love in the Post” a feature film inspired from Jacques Derrida’s book The Post Card, which won first prize for ‘Best Practice Project’ in 2016 from the British Association of Film, Television & Screen Studies.

Joanna welcomes applicants for a DPhil in Media Practice.