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“Coming to Terms with Film-Philosophy”

Conference plus Special Event and Masterclass with Alain Badiou


York University and TIFF Bell Lightbox

Toronto, Canada

May 16-17, 2016


Although it has established itself as a sub-discipline or hybrid of film and
philosophy in various European formations, film-philosophy is relatively new
to North American cinema and media studies. As one of the first in North
America to nominate itself under its auspices, this conference explores the
mobilization of philosophical discourses and projects relative to the modern
event of cinema. More specifically, we seek papers that address the origins
of film-philosophy, in addition to its current manifestations and future


A highlight of this conference is the "Special Event: Onstage Conversation
with Alain Badiou" presented with TIFF Bell Lightbox. Badiou, who has been
called the most important philosopher since Gilles Deleuze, is the author of
numerous books and articles that have helped define the major questions and
contours of philosophy in the 20th and 21st centuries. He has taught at the
Eìcole normale supérieure and the Collège international de philosophie in
Paris, as well as the European Graduate School. In addition to his major
philosophical works Being and Event and Logics of Worlds, his recent books
translated into English include The Age of the Poets, Controversies:
Politics and Philosophy in our Time, Cinema, The Communist Hypothesis, and
Wittgenstein's Anti-Philosophy.


In this onstage conversation moderated by Professor Ian Balfour of York
University, Badiou will speak about cinema, the recent events in Paris, and
the role that philosophy can play in helping us understand and act in this
historic context, accompanied by film clips that will bring further
dimensions to some of the discussion’s central themes. In addition, there is
a Masterclass with Badiou, where conference participants will have an
opportunity to further explore the intersections of film and philosophy.


Some of the questions that inform this conference pertain to the concepts
and formations within film-philosophy relative to broader discourses and
practices in the humanities and beyond. For example: What are the terms that
film-philosophy deploys as it stands today? What are the stakes of
film-philosophy that it asks of itself in terms of its own legitimization
and what is expected of it by the broader discipline of cinema and media
studies? What transformations and problems in cinema and media studies does
film-philosophy respond to, interrogate, and/or (re)conceptualize?


We seek papers that: 


•       historicize and (re)conceptualize the emergence of film-philosophy
and/or problematize it as a discipline or approach;

•       situate film-philosophy relative to trends and developments in film
and cultural theory, contemporary media studies, new media, and other
disciplines in the humanities and social sciences;

•       define and interrogate the concepts of film-philosophy (such as
those taken from, for example, phenomenology, deconstruction, or Marxism);

•       ask about the stakes of major contemporary philosophers (Badiou,
Deleuze, Cavell, etc.) who engage with cinema as a philosophical model, a
problematic field, and/or a set of texts and examples for philosophical

•       discuss film-philosophy’s stance relative to debates in contemporary
developments in queer theory, critical race theory, postcolonial theory,
disability studies, environmental studies, and/or animal studies;

•       enact film-philosophy in the engagement of cinematic texts and

•       examine the relationship between the “filmic” (cinematic, visual,
temporal, aesthetic) and the “textual” (discursive, written, etc.);

•       explore the politics of film-philosophy, such as the relationship
between democracy and film (Badiou, Rancière, etc.) or cinematic ethics
(Levinas, Nancy, etc.);

•       map out the contours and terrain of film-philosophy and world
cinema(s) (global film-philosophy);

•       consider the relationship between film-philosophy and new trends in
philosophy in general, including speculative realism, new materialism,
anti-philosophy, and non-philosophy;

•       conceptualize cinematic ethics, metaphysics, ontology, and/or
epistemology in light of recent developments in film-philosophy


We also welcome papers that deal with the work of contemporary film
theorists who engage with intersections between film and philosophy; for
example, Vivian Sobchack, Patricia Pisters, D.N. Rodowick, Noel Carroll,
Joan Copjec, Laura Marks, Hito Steyerl, or Steven Shaviro. We also invite
filmmakers and media practitioners to present and discuss their work in a
film-philosophical context.


“Coming to Terms with Film-Philosophy” will be held in Toronto, Canada May
16-17, 2016.


Please send a 300 word abstract, brief bibliography, and bio (with
institutional affiliation, if applicable) as email attachments to
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Friday, April 1, 2016. Notifications about acceptance or rejection of
proposal will be sent on Monday, April 4.


Conference and Masterclass Registration Fees:


Conference Attendance: $100 

Masterclass: $50


Graduate Students and Independent Scholars:

Conference Attendance: $50

Masterclass: $25


NOTE: "Special Event: Onstage Conversation with Alain Badiou” is free for
conference participants.


Conference website:  <>


Organized by the graduate students of Cinema and Media Studies, York
University, and cosponsored by TIFF Bell Lightbox.


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