Film-Philosophy Conference 2012

King's College London; Queen Mary; Kingston University

September 12, 2012 – September 14, 2012

Please note that Day 1 (Wednesday 12 September) will take place at Queen Mary, University of London. Scroll down for more details.

Film-philosophy continues to grow as an important discipline within the fields of both Film Studies and Philosophy. The Film-Philosophy Conference brings together scholars from all over the world to present their research on a broad range of topics within the subject area.

Keynote Speakers:

Registration Fees:

Full 3 day conference: £90

Student (part- or full time) 3 day: £55

Single day: £40 

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The list of 2012 speakers and abstracts is available here

Day 1 – Queen Mary, University of London

Wednesday 12 September 2012

Location: The Fogg Lecture Theatre
Queen Mary, University of London
Mile End Road
London E1 4NS 

Directions:   QMUL Campus is 5 minutes walk from either Stepney Green tube station (District Line) or Mile End Station (Central Line). Turn down Bancroft Road and enter campus on your right in order to get to the Fogg Building. See map and directions here:

Schedule (Day 1):

1pm: Registration in the Foyer of the Fogg Building

2pm: Welcome and Announcements

Plenary Session 

Chair – John Mullarkey (Kingston University)

Bernard Stiegler (Goldsmiths): ‘About an Organology of Dreams - After An Organisation of Dreams

Ken McMullen: Thoughts on the Making of An Organisation of Dreams

4.30: Drinks and Canapés in the Senior Common Room, Queen’s Building

6.00: Ends

Days 2 and 3 - King’s College London

Location: Strand Campus
London WC2R 2LS

Directions: KCL’s Strand Campus is a 10 minute walk from Embankment, Charing Cross or Waterloo tube stations, or a 2 minute walk from Temple tube station.  The main entrance is on The Strand, next to Somerset House.

For map and directions please see here:

Once inside the main reception student helpers will guide you to the registration area and seminar rooms.

Schedule - Day 2

Thursday 13 September 2012

9am onwards: Registration (for those who have not already registered) in room K1.28.

9.30-11am: Session A (parallel panels)

1. Stiegler and Film-Philosophy

  • Patrick Crogan: Editing Experience: Stiegler and Film Theory/History.
  • Ben Roberts: ‘Drôle d’époque': Bernard Stiegler and the hyperindustrial age'.
  • Marcel Swiboda: Orthotheses in the Philosophy of Media History: Technics, Time and Audio-visual Embodiment

2. Hitchcock and Issues of Point of View

  • James Zborowski: Hitchcock’s Theory of Mind: Dial M for Murder as false belief test
  • James MacDowell: Looking at the unseen: Ellipsis, occlusion, and our access to Hitchcock’s worlds
  • Lucy Fife Donaldson: Sensing Space: The Texture of Suppression and Revelation in Vertigo

3. Bataille and Film: Sovereignty, Laughter, and the Gift of Death

  • Erin K Stapleton: 'And your poetry will now be written in blood': Sovereignty as materialist rebellion in Dead Man
  • Anthony Faramelli: Fight Club, Community and The Gift of Death
  • Alice L. Rekab: The Sovereignty of Laughter in post civil war Sierra Leonean film

4. Time and Temporality in Recent Hispanic Cinema

  • Belén Vidal: Asynchrony and the cinephilic quotation: notes on the new essay film from Spain
  • Tom Whittaker: Mundane rhythms in Whisky and Blue Eyelids
  • Steven Marsh:‘Turns and Returns, Envois/Renvois: the Postal Effect in Recent Spanish Filmmaking

11-11.30am: Break

11.30 - 1pm: Session B (parallel panels)

5. 'The Earth is evil': The Ethics, Depths, and Image of Melancholia

  • Richard Rushton: A Cinema Against Ethics: Melancholia
  • Scott T. Wilson: Melancholia and the cinema of depths
  • Felicity Colman: Image-sacrifice

6. Revisiting Christian Metz

  • Dominique Chateau, Martin Lefebvre: Re-visiting the Connection between Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis in the work of Christian Metz.
  • Annie van den Oever: The indoor viewing experience. Christian Metz’s relevance for understanding television viewers as ‘regressive’ and absorbed in an ‘emotional work-out’.
  • Anna Backman Rogers: ‘How many women have to die to make it interesting?’ Re-Addressing Jane Campion’s In The Cut through Metz and Mulvey

7. Listening

  • Philippa Lovatt: Sound, Intimacy and Ethics in Lynne Ramsay’s We’ve Got to Talk About Kevin
  • Moshe Shai Rachmuth: The Saying and the Sound: Chaplin's The Great Dictator and the Connection between Language and War in the Work of Emmanuel Levinas
  • Carrie Giunta: A Question of Listening: Nancean Resonance, Return and Relation in Charlie Chaplin

8. Thinking with Video

  • Lilly Husbands: Grasping at the Intangible: A Phenomenology of Digital Abstraction in Bret Battey’s Sinus Aestum
  • Andy Weir: The 4th unspoken horror of 24 Hour Psycho, or thinking Meillassoux’s ‘dia-chronic statement’ film-philosophically
  • Trine Riel: 'Why I am so Clever'; Myopic Philosophy (video-essay)
  • Dean Kenning: Metallurgy of the Subject (15 min animation)

1-2pm: Lunch break

2-3.30pm: Session C (parallel panels)

9. Man and Nature

  • John Mullarkey: The Tragedy of the Object: Democracy of Vision and the Terrorism of Things in André Bazin’s Nonhuman Cinema
  • Elena Von Kassel: Man and Nature in Arne Sucksdorff’s The Great Adventure
  • Brenda Hollweg: Creaturely philosophy: Kathy High’s video essayistic explorations of interspecies collaboration
10. The Language of Film and Philosophy
  • Niklas Forsberg: 'Film Came After Lightening': Stanley Cavell and Film as the Rediscovery of Philosophy
  • Rebecca Longtin: Film as Phantasm: Nietzsche’s Stoicism and the Belief in Cinema in Dogville
  • Naveen Kanalu: Walter Benjamin’s Poetics of Cinematic Experience: Materialist Darstellung as a philosophical language
11. Abjection and Infection
  • Graham John Matthews: Infection on Film: Biopolitics and the Imperative of Health
  • Antônio M. da Silva: Because they are too dirty! Abjection and the Films of the Contemporary Brazilian and Portuguese Filmmakers Cláudio Assis and João Pedro Rodrigues
  • Roberta Gregoli: Another Face of the Abject: A Super Fêmea 
12. Temporality, Subjectivity, Objectivity
  • Ruth McPhee: An Exploration of Temporality, Subjectivity and Death in Moon
  • Norman Taylor: Cinematic time, the ecology of screens and the objective memory of technics in Pixar’s WALL-E
  • Ulrike Hanstein: Frozen in Time: Temporality and Affect in Melancholia
  • Chrysanthi Nigianni: La-bas: the suspended image and the politics of anti-messianism

3.30-3.45pm: break

3.45-5.15pm: Session D (parallel panels)

13. Contemporary Ethics
  • David Martin-Jones: Cinema of Liberation: Enrique Dussel, ethics, film-philosophy.
  • Orna Dvora Raviv: Re-sponsibility: A Levinasian Approach to Waltz with Bashir
  • Robert Sinnerbrink: Biutiful Babel: Post-secularist ethics in the films of Alejandro González Iñárritu
14. Functions of Feeling
  • Liz Watkins: Curiosity in Morvern Callar
  • Jane Megan Stadler: Embodiment, Affect, and Aesthetics in The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Ian Patrick Murphy: Rhythms of the psyche: Feeling and form in Beau travail
15. The Continental Condition
  • Ben Tyrer: Dogtooth and the Tyranny of the Paternal Metaphor
  • Atanaska Georgieva Cholakova: Explication of Schopenhauer’s ideas in Maderna’s Schopenhauer and Campbell’s Green Lantern – between the ethics and metaphysics
  • Mark Laurence Jackson: Hitchcock and the Heterotopic
16. Systems and Categories
  • Rea Wallden: Film Heterogeneity and Categorical Transgression: From Metz to Derrida
  • Maria Poulaki: Systems philosophy and film
  • Philipp Schmerheim: Between Scepticism and the Fantastic. Scepticist Thought Experiments in  Contemporary Mainstream Cinema

5.15-5.30pm: break

5.30- 6.30pm: Plenary Session

Chair: Mark Betz (King’s College London)

Francesco Casetti (Yale University): Philosophical Issues in Early Film Theory

18.30-20.00: Drinks in the Old Anatomy Museum


Schedule - Day 3

Friday 14 September 2012

9am onwards: Registration (for those who have not already registered) in room K1.28.

9.30-10.30am: Plenary session

Chair: Jinhee Choi (King’s College London)

Damian Sutton (Middlesex): The Diagrammatic and the 'real that is yet to come': Is a Philosophy of Production Studies Possible?

10.30-11am: break

11.30-12.30am: Session E (parallel panels)

17. Perspectives on Death
  • Olga A Kyrylova: Thanatology in Film Studies
  • Elena Woolley: 'Ding Dong The Witch is Dead': The Celebratory Death Scene
  • Michele Aaron: Watching Others Die: Dying at Grace, Spectatorship and the Ethics of Being Moved
  • David Heinemann: Possible Ends: Suicide and Grace in Jansenist Narrative Cinema
18. Phenomenological Bodies
  • Kathleen Elizabeth Scott: Encountering the Other in Dans ma peau
  • Tarja Laine: Sublime Sensation: Black Swan
  • Katharina Lindner: Queer(ing) Film Phenomenology
19. Film-Philosophy-Theology
  • John David Adams: A Philosophical Examination of Religion in Film
  • Nara Marques Soares: Doubt
  • Morgan Marie Adamson: Beyond the Theological Spectacle
20. Theoretical Interruptions
  • Hsin-I Lin: Info-Subjectivity
  • Gert Jan Harkema: The very early moving image and the sublime impact of time
  • William Brown: What constitutes a cinematic event?

12.30-13.30: lunch break

13.30 - 15.00: Session F (parallel panels)

21. The Therapeutic Philosophy of Christopher Nolan
  • Vincent M. Gaine: 'Sometimes, truth isn’t enough': Truth and Manipulation in The Dark Knight Legend
  • Rupert Read: The Tale Parfit Tells: A Wittgensteinian use of film and literature to question analytic metaphysics of personal identity
  • Emma Bell: Inception and Grief-Time: Feeling Film as Philosophy
22. Sensory Cinema
  • Jenny Chamarette: Sur mes lèvres, deafness, embodiment: towards a film phenomenology of a differently ordered sensorium
  • Liz Roberts: 4D cinema and 'immersive' spectatorship
  • Jiaying Sim: (Ex)treme Cinema: Sensing the Incredible
23. Spectatorship
  • Alexander Sergeant: Supercalifragilisticexpiali-Dasein! Celebrating Being-in-the-World in Mary Poppins
  • Adriano D'Aloia: The Gambling Image
  • Jessica Doyle: Manifesting Nostalgia
24. Feminine Identities
  • Sarah Forgacs: Queering the maternal in Francois Ozon's Le Temps qui reste
  • Elisha Foust: Levinas’s Ethics in the Feminine: How do you Solve a Problem Like Maria?
  • Summer Renault-Steele: Gazing at Girls: Gender and Performance in Siegfried Kracauer’s Das Ornament der Masse

3pm-3.15: break

3.15 - 4.45: Session G (parallel panels)

25. On Hitchcock

  • Fiona Handyside: Rethinking Authorship: Re-reading Egoyan via Hitchcock
  • Ramayana Lira de Sousa: Hitchcock’s queer doubles
  • Luiz-Felipe Guimarães Soares: What is a birdified nature?
26. European Auteurs
  • Douglas Morrey: Authorship, Adaptation and the Decline of the French New Wave
  • Eran Guter: Loving transformations in Wim Wenders’ Wings of Desire
  • Ashvin Immanuel Devasundaram: The Spider-Man Schism: Aporia and the Loss of 'God' in Ingmar Bergman’s Through a Glass Darkly
27. Audio / Visual
  • Daniel Yacavone: The Neglect of the Aesthetic in Film Theory's Phenomenological Turn
  • Susana Viegas: An art of the past, present and future: archive in Susana de Sousa Dias’s 48
  • Josie McDonough: Song as a conduit to sensation in cinema
28. Space(s) and Beyond
  • Nina Gerlach: Cinematic Gardens as an Epistemological and Ethical Argument – 'Certain Gardens are described as retreats when they are really attacks.'
  • Alex Pavey: Kevin Lynch, Henri Bergson and the Image of the Cinematic City
  • Evy Varsamopoulou: Violence and the poetics of (un)heimlich space in Let the Right One In

4.45-5pm: break

5pm-6pm: Plenary session

Chair: Michele Pierson

Libby Saxton (Queen Mary, University of London): On Energy and Moving Images: Simone Weil and French Political Cinema

6pm: closing remarks

6.15: ends


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