Filmed Thought: A one day symposium on Robert Pippin on film

April 29, 2022
Department of Philosophy, New School for Social Research

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center (Rm. I202)
55 W 13th St.
New York
United States

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This event is open to the public. To attend, you will be required to present proof of vaccination, booster, and a matching photo ID. No exemptions or exceptions will be allowed. All guests must also wear masks the entire time they are on campus.

Symposium Overview  

Over the past ten years, Robert Pippin has published a series of books on film that combine detailed readings of specific films and filmmakers with broader reflections on the philosophical significance of cinema. In this afternoon symposium, we will discuss these writings of Pippin's on film, with a specific focus on his recent book, Filmed Thought: Cinema as Reflective Form (Chicago 2020). Pippin will be present to respond to the comments and participate in the discussion.  

Symposium Homework  

To prepare for the symposium, please read chapters one, two, and ten of Pippin’s Filmed Thought and watch Shadow of a Doubt (Hitchcock, 1943), Rear Window (Hitchcock, 1954), and The Kid with a Bike (Dardenne Brothers, 2011).  

Symposium Schedule  

2:30pm: Zed Adams (New School for Social Research): Introduction   

2:35pm: Paul Kottman (New School for Social Research): “A Race of Peeping Toms”  

2:55pm: Response by Robert Pippin and Discussion    

3:30pm: Gregg Horowitz (Pratt Institute): “‘Is what you want something you can discuss?’: Knowing, and not, in Rear Window”  

3:50pm: Response by Robert Pippin and Discussion    

4:25pm: Francey Russell (Columbia University): “Illuminations: On Dreams, Desire, and Cinematic Self-Consciousness”    

4:45pm: Response by Robert Pippin and Discussion 

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