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Providing evidence for a philosophical claim: The Act of Killing and the banality of evil

by Thomas E. Wartenberg[1] There has been an ongoing debate among philosophers and film theorists about whether films are capable of doing philosophy. The vast majority of the contributions to this debate have concentrated on narrative fiction films and the extent to which they are capable of producing something recognisable as philosophy.[2] This essay begins […]

Agamben’s cinema: Psychology versus an ethical form of life

by Janet Harbord What does the work of Giorgio Agamben bring to an understanding of cinema? A political philosopher known predominantly for the ongoing project of works that comprise the Homo Sacer series,[1] Agamben also writes about cinema. However, the relationship between the political determination of his work and the essays on cinema is not […]

Disputing Rossellini: Three French perspectives

by James Harvey-Davitt In Film Fables[1] Jacques Rancière contests some deeply-held theoretical stances on a number of canonical auteurs. He claims these auteurs countered the soullessness of their industrial constraints through a shared act of ‘thwarting’: ‘to thwart its servitude, cinema … constructs dramaturgies that thwart its natural powers’.[2] In doing so he confronts attempts […]

Film-Philosophy 2014 programme online

The team behind the Film-Philosophy Conference 2014 has announced that the full programme is now available online. The conference will take place at the University of Glasgow from 2 to 4 July. NECSUS editorial board member Patricia Pisters will deliver a keynote presentation on contemporary art and film. NECSUS book reviews editor Alena Strohmaier will […]

AUP announces new book series

Amsterdam University Press is launching a new book series titled ‘Recursions: Theories of Media, Materiality and Cultural Techniques‘. This series will publish fresh, exciting, and important books in media theory. Topics include media archaeology, media philosophy, cultural techniques, and more. The editors of this series are Jussi Parikka, Anna Tuschling, and Geoffrey Winthrop-Young. Proposals for […]

Film-Philosophy 2014

The Film-Philosophy Conference 2014 has issued a call for papers. In 2014 the conference is inviting proposals which engage with the theme ‘A World of Cinemas’. Keynote speakers include Professor Laura U. Marks (Simon Fraser University, Canada), Professor Lúcia Nagib (University of Reading, UK), NECSUS editorial board member Professor Patricia Pisters (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands), […]

Film-Philosophy Conference 2013: Beyond Film

The upcoming Film-Philosophy Conference will be hosted by the Amsterdam School of Cultural Analysis, the Departments of Media Studies and Philosophy at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), and the EYE Film Institute Netherlands. With this location, the annual Film-Philosophy Conference will take place for the first time outside of the UK.

Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image, No. 3

The new issue of Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image has been published online. The special focus of this issue is ‘Embodiment and the Body’ and it was edited by Patrícia Silveirinha Castello Branco. Included in this issue is the article ‘Upside-down cinema: (Dis)simulation of the body in the film experience’ by Adriano […]