Special Volume on “The Philosophy of Motion Pictures: New Trajectories”

deadline for submissions: 
August 31, 2020
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Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (JCLA)
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CFP for Special Volume on “The Philosophy of Motion Pictures: New Trajectories” of the Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (JCLA)

Concept note: The philosophy of motion pictures is today one of the leading branches of aesthetics. Several central debates, such as the ones on medium essentialism, on the ability of film to do philosophy, on the ethics of film, and on the distinction between fiction and nonfiction, while still evolving, are being matched by new literature on topics such as the emotional and cognitive resonance of film, contemporary auteurs, criticism, animation, and the relation between film, TV series and video games, among others. This issue of JCLA invites papers to explore traditions within the philosophy of motion pictures, its long-standing debates, but also, and, especially, its future trajectories, with special emphasis on these in particular:

1. The relation between film criticism and the philosophy of motion pictures

2. Continental and analytic approaches

3. Changes in production, streaming platforms, and the rise of TV series

4. Motion Pictures and Videogames

5. Animation

6. Costumes and set design

7. Sound and film

8. Neurocognitive approaches to the moving image

9. World cinema

10. The contemporary auteur

All unsolicited essays must be properly typed out in MS Word (Times New Roman, 12 Font), not exceeding 5,000 words and not below 3,600, complete with an abstract of 100 words alongside 4 or 5 keywords, incorporated within the essay itself. ‘Works Cited’ must preferably follow the MLA 7th or 8th convention without exception. Footnotes are welcome, although Endnotes are easier to process, hence recommended. Each essay submitted must carry a declaration that it has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere. The cover letter should include a brief author’s bio with no revelation of the author’s identity in the paper itself. 

Please mail your submission to anantasukla@hotmail.com, jclaindia@gmail.com. All queries can be mailed directly to these e-mails. 


The Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (ISSN 0252-8169) is a half-yearly journal published by the Vishvanatha Kaviraja Institute of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, India since 1977. The Institute was founded on August 22, 1977 coinciding with the birth centenary of legendary philosopher, aesthetician, and historian of Indian art, Ananda K. Coomaraswamy (1877-1947). Vishvanatha Kaviraja was a medieval Indian aesthetician. 

The Journal is committed to interdisciplinary and cross-cultural issues in literary understanding and interpretation, aesthetic theories, conceptual analysis of art, literature, philosophy, religion, mythology, history of ideas, literary theory, history, and criticism. 

The Journal has published eminent scholars like Rene Wellek, Harold Osborne, John Hospers, John Fisher, Murray Krieger, Martin Bocco, Remo Ceserani, J.B. Vickery, Menachem Brinker, Milton Snoeyenbos, Mary Wiseman, Ronald Roblin, T.R. Martland, Charles Altieri, Martin Jay, Jonathan Culler, Robert Kraut, T.J. Diffey, T.R. Quigley, R.B. Palmer, Keith Keating, Peter Lamarque, Richard Shusterman, Garry Hagberg, S.C. Sengupta, K.R.S. Iyengar, V.K. Chari, V.K. Gokak, P.S. Sastri, and others. JCLA is indexed and abstracted in the MLA International Bibliography, Master List of Periodicals (USA), Ulrich's Directory of Periodicals, Project Muse, EBSCO, ProQuest, and Gale (Cengage). 

Celebrated scholars of the time like Rene Wellek, Harold Osborne, Mircea Eliade, Monroe Beardsley, John Hospers, John Fisher, Meyer Abrams, John Boulton and many renowned foreign and Indian scholars were Members of its Editorial Board.