Philosophy and Film / Film and Philosophy: An interdisciplinary conference

Conference announcement and call for papers

UWE in association with the Arnolfini Arts Centre, Bristol

4-6th July 2008, the Arnolfini, Bristol

Keynote Speakers:
Stephen Mulhall (Oxford)
Vivian Sobchack (UCLA)
Robert Sinnerbrink (Maquarrie)
Catherine Constable (Warwick)
Karin Littau (Essex)
Julian Baggini (editor, The Philosopher's Magazine)

In the last years there has been a growing interest in the relationship between philosophy and film within both analytic and European philosophical traditions. At the same time, film studies as a discipline has always raised philosophical questions and has been enriched by a variety of philosophical traditions. The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars from both disciplines to examine this shared history, as well as display the current range and state of philosophical film analysis. In what ways is film philosophically informative? What methodologies have been developed for philosophical analysis of film? What do various philosophical traditions bring to the study of film? What does the practice of film studies bring to the practice of philosophy? What vibrant areas have developed in these fields? The conference theme is deliberately broad and proposals are invited on any conjunction between film and philosophy. We welcome submissions that range from general and methodological observations about the field to readings and interpretations of specific films, genres, film movements or filmmakers. We encourage submissions from graduate students and will reserve some sessions for graduate papers.

Conference website here.