The Philosophy of Film Without Theory

January 10, 2019 - January 11, 2019
University of York

Berrick Saul Building
York YO10 5DD
United Kingdom

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  • British Society of Aesthetics
  • Arts & Humanities Research Council (UK)
  • White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH)
  • University of York


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Philosophy of Film Without Theory Conference 

Registration is now open for the Philosophy of Film Without Theory Conference and Conference Dinner.

This international, interdisciplinary conference is being held on Thursday 10th and Friday 11th January, 2019, at the University of York, in the UK.

Keynote Speakers are: 

Lucy Bolton (Queen Mary, University of London)

Mikel Burley (University of Leeds)

Sophie Grace Chappell (Open University)

Victor Dura-Vila (University of Leeds)

Andrew Klevan (University of Oxford)

David Macarthur (University of Sydney)

Colin Heber Percy (Screenwriter and priest)

A further 24 Invited Speakers from 15 countries, including Morocco, Guyana, the USA, Australia, and across Europe will be presenting talks (in parallel sessions).

Registration is open to all (and closes on the 31st December, 2018). 

In the Conference Call for Abstracts we characterised Philosophy Without Theory as, “a plurality of methodologies that include 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”

We went on to suggest that Philosophy Without Theory about film might also include, “a commitment to focus on, and pay close attention to, individual films.”

The invited speakers have found a range of opportunities and challenges in the very idea of Philosophy of Film Without Theory, and the titles of their presentations can now be found on the conference website, here:

To Register for the Conference please go to the Registration Online Store, here:

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We do hope you will join us in York, in January, 2019. 

Thank very much to our conference supporters: the White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH), the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the British Society of Aesthetics (BSA), the University of York and the University of York’s Philosophy Department.

Craig Fox & Britt Harrison

Conference Co-Directors

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