Film-Philosophy Conference at Dundee

The Film-Philosophy Conference
Second Annual Conference of Film and Philosophy

Conference Announcement and First Call for Papers
16-18th July 2009, University of Dundee

In Association with

Keynote Speakers:

Alain Badiou (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris)

Edward Branigan (University of California, Santa Barbara)

Caroline Bainbridge (Roehampton University)

Martin McQuillan (University of Leeds)

The last ten years has seen a burgeoning interest in the relationship
between philosophy and film, both within the Continental and Analytic
philosophical traditions. The steady stream of books, journals,
symposia, and websites dedicated to bringing the two subjects together
is a testament to this fact. It is also notable just how philosophical
film theory always has been: raising philosophical questions and
engaging with a variety of philosophical figures has marked its
trajectory for over forty years.

Building on the success of last’s year’s inaugural conference at
UWE, Bristol, the second annual Film-Philosophy Conference continues
its aim to be the major international forum for scholars from both
disciplines to examine all aspects of this interdiscipline, both
historical and contemporary, practical and theoretical.

As last year, there is no specific conference theme, and proposals are
invited on any conjunction between film and philosophy. We welcome
submissions that range from general and methodological observations
about the two fields, to analyses of specific films, film movements,
film-makers, as well as specific philosophical concepts, movements, or

Topics include (but are not limited to):

Film as philosophy
Philosophy as cinematic
The ontology of cinema
The use of film to teach philosophy
Particular philosophical approaches to film (Rancière, Deleuze,
The Epistemology of film
Film affect
The philosophical world-view of particular directors
Subjectivity and cinema
Film Theory as philosophy
Aesthetics and film
Political philosophy and film
Historical developments in film-philosophy
Genre and philosophy
Philosophy and film movements (German Expressionism, Soviet Montage,
Italian Neo-realism etc.)
Cinema as thought experiment
Morality and movies
Feminist philosophy and film practice
Film making as philosophical practice
Methodologies for philosophical film analysis

Individual papers (20 minutes + 10 minutes for discussion)
Contributions are also invited for Panel topics (2-4 speakers)

Please send proposals (500 word abstract) by Friday 3 April, 2009 to:

Dr John Mullarkey

We prefer email submissions, but you can also post your abstract to:

Dr John Mullarkey
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
School of Humanities
College of Arts & Social Sciences
University of Dundee
Dundee DD1 4HN

Please send us your abstract before the deadline if you require an
early response. We strongly recommend this option for overseas
participants who may need to book flights.

One thought on “Film-Philosophy Conference at Dundee

  1. Grant says:

    Seems really frickin’ awesome. Are you gonna submit an abstract?

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