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New Forms for a Philosophy of Film: creative and political methodologies

This project asks a number of questions concerning the different modes of philosophy that are generated by the processes and methods of screen based forms.

We begin with a seminar on new forms:

New Forms for a Philosophy of Film: creative and political methodologies

Manchester School of Art, in association with HOME, Manchester Metropolitan University, England.
19 -20 July 2015

In this interdisciplinary seminar we seek to discuss research practices to ask:

1. What is the form of philosophy that might be adequate to address the material
complexity of a filmic or screen based image?
2. In what ways have filmic or screen based images altered the discipline of
3. What are the “new” forms of film philosophy being practiced today?

2015 programme for the seminar follows/ 2016 programme tba :

New Forms for a Philosophy of Film: creative and political methodologies
19-20 July 2015

19 July, Sunday Venue:
HOME 2 Tony Wilson Place Manchester M15 4FN

16:00 – 18:00
Pre Screening Introduction by Director, Writer, Producer Ms. Joanna Callaghan
Film Screening: Love in the Post: From Plato to Derrida (2014 Joanna Callaghan)
Post-film Q+ A with Joanna Callaghan and Writer and Executive Producer Prof. Martin McQuillan
20 July, 9:30 – 18:30 Monday Venue:
Manchester School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University, England.
Benzie Building, levels 3 + 4

9:30-9:55 Coffee
9:55-10:00 Welcome

10:00 -11:00 :Opening Plenary: Prof. Joanna Hodge (Professor in Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan): Spectral Nationalities - Derrida on Film
Chair: Associate Prof. Nicole Anderson (Macquarie University, Sydney)

11:00 – 12:30 Political Forms
Chair: Dr. Anna Bergqvist (MMU)

1. Dr Helen List (Senior Lecturer in Film & Media, Manchester School of Art): Photography, the apparition of specter and the ultimate condition of inheritance.
2. Dr Maren Thom (Lecturer in Film at Queen Mary University of London): Žižek and the post-political - investigating terrorism in Hunger (2008) and Four Lions (2010)
3. Dr. Keith Crome (Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University) The Art and Politics of Seduction: Lyotard on Cinema

12:30 -13:30 LUNCH + viewing Dave Griffiths’s installation : Extinction Event [GRB130313A]

13:30 – 15:30 Philosophy and Film in the Postmodern Era
Chair: Dr. David Deamer (MMU)

1. Sheryl Tuttle Ross (Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse): Postmodern or Postmillennial Romantic Comedy?’
2. Maximilian de Gaynesford (Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading): ‘Integrity and Grace: On Dogville’.
3. Anna Bergqvist (Lecturer in Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University): ‘Authenticity and the Narrative Self: Perspectives on Badlands Today’
4. Elspeth Mitchell (PhD Researcher at the University of Leeds):
'Encountering Girls: An Irigarayan Perspective on Contemporary Moving Image Art Practices’.

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee break

16:00 – 17:30 Cosmological Forms
Chair: Prof. Joanna Hodge (MMU)

1. Mr Gopalan Mullik (Lecturer, Dept. of Mass Communication and Film Studies, St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, India & PhD Researcher in Film at the University of East Anglia): Cinema and Affect, and Classical Indian Theory of Rasa
2. Mr. Dave Griffiths: 'Extinction Event [GRB130313A]: the expanded photograph as cosmographic fragment' (Artist, Curator, Film Material collective, Senior Lecturer in Interactive Arts, Manchester School of Art)
3. Ms Christine Reeh (Filmmaker, PhD Researcher in Philosophy of Film at the Faculty of Letters, University of Lisbon) Towards a Solaristic Philosophy of Film

17:30 -18:30 Closing Plenary: Prof. Steve Hawley (Filmmaker, and Associate Dean Research, Manchester School of Art): The imaginary city; film and myth
Chair: Prof. Felicity Colman (MMU)