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Film and Philosophy: Corpus//Bodies February 15-18, 2013
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Graduate Film Studies Group at the University of Florida
Film and Philosophy: Corpus//Bodies
Keynote Speakers: Kaja Silverman, Christiane Paul, and Eugenie Brinkema
From its beginnings, the art of cinema has been inextricably intertwined with scientific studies of bodies, from Eadweard Muybridge’s motion studies to current work in neurocinema. Bodies of film are both real and metaphorical: human and animal bodies being filmed, the body of a film itself (its assemblage), and bodies watching film. How can we think about these different versions of film bodies? Where do they converge, or do they?
Film’s special rapport with physical reality enables it to capture bodies in real time.
Scholars have often thought of the moving image as a phantasmatic presence—an image of something not really there. But that illusion only holds if we disregard the materiality of cinema. Cinema itself is wedded to a material essence—a body—that informs its ontology. The cinematic apparatus always structures any viewing. How has its apparent dematerialization, brought about by the evolution of digital technologies, impacted the body of the cinematic image?
Classical film theory largely ignored questions of corporeality, but an increasing trend in current film scholarship addresses the relationship between the materiality of the cinematic image and the bodies of its spectators. Questions of spectator response (physical, psychological, or ideological) have become particularly relevant in light of changes in modes of viewership (moving away from theaters to in-home and mobile viewing). How are artists imagining the possibilities for spectator interaction with cinematic bodies/products, within and beyond notions of affect?
We invite proposals for 15 minute presentations that engage with any of these concerns. Possible topics could include, but are not limited to:
- violence done to filmed bodies (literal and virtual)
Please send 250-500 word abstracts and all other inquiries to email@example.com by December 1, 2012. Please include a brief biography or CV with your abstract. For more information please visit our website: http://ufgfsg.wordpress.com/.