Call for Papers


The Film-Philosophy Conference 2018 at the University of Gothenburg invites proposals for presentations on any subject related to film, media and philosophy. We especially encourage proposals from LGBTQI, feminist and BME scholars. There is no single overall theme. As with last year, we are using a “track” system that will provide a number of broad headings to which a presenter may wish to attach their submission. There is, of course, an Open track if you feel that your paper does not fit within any of the other tracks.

Please note that this conference will be carer/parent & child friendly and will have open access onsite child care facilities (the cost of which is levied and shared through the conference fee of every participant). 

The tracks for 2018 are:

  • Open Track
  • Authorship:
    Feminist & Queer approaches; ontology of female cinema; philosophies of cinematic activism; counter-cinemas and third cinemas; the gaze; feminist phenomenologies.
  • Media:
    Virtual reality and interactivity; posthumanism & technology; new media and politics; philosophy & video games; philosophy and film data; media archaeology & philosophy; Television; Online and social media.
  • Narrative:
    Complex narratives; counter-narratives; postcolonial narratives; feminist & LGBTQI narratives; serial narratives; subversive use of genre; soundscape as narrative.

  • Pop Culture:
    Television; Music videos; online media; advertising; fashion.

  • Ethics:
    Taboo; ethics of exhibition, curation and programming; representation; censorship and speech.

  • Video Essays:
    Thinking through images.

  • Workshops:
    Topics should be presented either by short papers and discussion or group discussion based on an issue or text.

  • How to do film-philosophy?
  • How to teach film-philosophy?
  • Ethical teaching practices.
  • Activism and intersectionality.
  • Creative scholarship.


We are *only accepting individual proposals for presentations of 20 minutes*. There will be no pre-constituted panel proposals, since the track system will allow for papers to group organically around common themes and approaches.

We invite 300-word abstract proposals to be submitted by *31st January 2018.*

All abstracts will be considered by at least two members of the conference committee and decisions will be announced in March 2018.

Please direct all enquiries regarding the conference to the conference director Dr Anna Backman Rogers:

Submissions for this conference were closed on 01-01-2018.