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Alexis came to Winchester in 2014 having completed his PhD at Stirling University's Laboratory for Educational Theory. Prior to that, he studied for a BA in English and Modern Languages at Oxford University, and an MA in European Society at University College London. Between degrees, Alexis taught English in Mexico, Mozambique and France.

Areas of expertise

Higher Education pedagogy and practice; film (and) educationaesthetic education; philosophy and theory of education 



  • Gibbs, A. (2019Seeing Education on Film: A Conceptual AestheticsLondon: Palgrave MacMillan. 

Peer-reviewed journal articles   

  • Gibbs, A. (2021) A responsibility to seek the truth: revisiting Averroes’ Decisive Treatise for academic freedom’s missing moral imperative. Philosophy and Theory of Higher Education. 

  • Gibbs, A. and O’Brien, E. (2020) Out of Love for Any Thing? A Response to Vlieghe and Zamojski on Some Pedagogical Problems with an ObjectOriented ‘Educational Love’. Journal of Philosophy of Education. 

  • Gibbs, A. (2018). 'Familiar or strange? Rediscovering the ‘real’ child of educational policy through film'. Policy Futures in Education. 

  • Gibbs, A. (2018) 'Film education otherwise: A response to Bergala’s dialectics of cinema and schooling'. Film Education. 1 (1) 90-100. 

  • Gibbs, A. (2017), 'What Makes My Image of Him into an Image of Him?': Philosophers on Film and the Question of Educational Meaning. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 51: 267280. doi:10.1111/1467-9752.12223 

  • Gibbs, A. (2016). "Academic freedom in international higher education: right or responsibility?" Ethics and Education 11(2): 175-185  

Book chapters 

  • Gibbs, A. (2016) ’Not to explain, but to accept’: Wittgenstein and the pedagogic potential of film in Peters, M. and Stickney, J. (eds.) A Companion to Wittgenstein on Education Pedagogical Investigations  

Book reviews 

  • Gibbs, A. (2020) Review for Studies in Philosophy and Education of Naomi Hodgson and Stefan Ramaekers, 2019, Philosophical Presentations of Raising Children: The Grammar of Upbringing. Palgrave Macmillan 

  • Gibbs, A. (2016) Review for Journal of Philosophy of Education of Bilgrami, A., & Cole, J. (Eds). (2015). Who's Afraid of Academic Freedom? Columbia University Press, and Williams, J. (2016) Academic Freedom in an Age of Conformity: Confronting the Fear of Knowledge. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan. 

Events organised


  • Gibbs, A. (2018) 'No Such Thing as a Private Education'. British Wittgenstein Society Conference 2018. London, UK.
  • Gibbs, A. (2018) 'Compulsion and Student Freedom'. Society for Research into Higher Education seminar: The implications of the student engagement agenda for student freedom. London, UK.
  • Gibbs, A. (2018) 'What Can the Educationalist Learn from Film?' Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain Annual Conference. Oxford, UK.
  • Gibbs, A. (2017) ‘Iranian Cinema’s Re-education in Childhood’. Comparative and International Education Society Conference 2017. Atlanta, USA.
  • Gibbs, A. (2016) 'Samira Makhmalbaf: schooling in, on, and with the screen'. Making School in the Age of the Screen. Liverpool Hope, Liverpool.
  • Gibbs, A. (2015) Towards a Pedagogy of the Act: Rights, Responsibility and Answerability in Education. European Conference on Educational Research (ECER). Budapest, Hungary
  • Gibbs, A. (2015) "What makes my image of him into an image of him?": Philosophers on film and the question of meaning. Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain Conference, PESGB@50 Special Edition: 'Orientations Towards Wittgenstein'. Gregynog, Wales.
  • Gibbs, A. (2015) 'Film as Education': The Pedagogical Potential of Cinematic Experience. 2nd International Conference on Critical Pedagogies and Philosophies of Education, Liverpool Hope University.
  • Gibbs, A. (2012) Higher education development and academic freedom: unfolding from Lyotard's differend European Conference on Educational Research (ECER). Cadiz, Spain.
  • Gibbs, A. (2012) Bildung: crisis or limit in the language of higher education? Cultures, Academic Values and Education (CAVE) Research Centre. Dublin, Ireland.
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