The 2nd Philosophy of Film Without Theory Conference

October 20, 2023 - October 22, 2023
Department of Philosophy, Hamilton College

220 College Hill Road
United States

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University of Southern California
CUNY Graduate Center
University of Chicago
Bernardita M. Cubillos
University of Chile
Le Moyne College
Hamilton College
Brown University
California University of Pennsylvania
California State University, Northridge
University of Bristol
University of Sydney
University of Wollongong
University of Utrecht
Vanderbilt University
Tufts University
Mount Holyoke College


Hamilton College
University of Hertfordshire (PhD)

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The 2nd Philosophy of Film Without Theory Conference

Hamilton College, Clinton, New York (State)

Friday 20th October to Sunday 22nd October, 2023

The Conference Co-Directors are honored and delighted to confirm the above mentioned  invited speakers and look forward to welcoming all interested delegates in October. 

A number of spaces are available for others to present papers. The deadline for the Call for Abstracts is 20th June, 2023.

We understand philosophy in general without theory as an activity that may include – but not be limited to – fine-grained description and discernment; disentangling confusions; reactive and/or reflective critical inquiry, the exploration of conceptual connections; logical geography; conceptual synthesis; the provision of perspicuous presentations and surveyable overviews; non-systematic engagement with individual or particular works, subjects, objects, ideas, events and/or situations…  and more.  

Philosophy of film without theory is amenable to any of the above approaches as part of its likely commitment to the value of paying close attention to the form, content, and thematic aspects of individual films and filmmakers (in front of and behind the camera).

The 1st Philosophy of Film Without Theory Conference, held at the University of York, UK, in 2019, welcomed 66 delegates from 13 countries, and hosted 32 talks. The wider enthusiasm ignited by this international conference led to a special issue of the journal Aesthetic Investigations, volume 3(2).

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This Spring Palgrave Macmillan publishes the 19-chapter collected volume Philosophy of Film Without Theory edited by York conference co-directors Craig Fox & Britt Harrison. Contributing authors include co-director of the upcoming Hamilton Conference, Katheryn Doran, together with Lucy Bolton, Carla Carmona, James Conant, Maximilian De Gaynesford, Rob van Gerwen, John Gibson, Eran Guter & Inbal Guter, Colin Heber-Percy, Iris Vidmar Jovanović, Andrew Klevan, David Macarthur, Rupert Read, William Rothman, Constantine Sandis, and Sebastian Sunday. The volume also offers an interview with Richard Allen and Malcolm Turvey.

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