JAM 2017 Registration NOW OPEN + Conference Schedule

Registration is now open for:

JOURNEYS ACROSS MEDIA (JAM) 2017: Worldhood and World-making

Tuesday April 11, 9am-5:30pm

Minghella Studios, Whiteknights Campus

University of Reading

This year’s keynote speaker shall be Dr. Daniel Yacavone (University of Edinburgh) and the keynote’s abstract as well as the conference programme are available to view below.

To register, please visit: http://www.store.reading.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-arts-humanities-social-science/film-theatre-television/journeys-across-media-jam-2017

The fee is £30, which includes lunch and refreshments.

Registration will close on the day of the conference, but those with specific dietary requirements are recommended to register as soon as convenient.

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“The World-in and the World-of: Fictional, Narrative and Artistic World-Making in Cinema and Beyond…”

What does it mean to say that a film or other moving image work is a world or that it presents a world? How does conceiving a work’s creation as a form of ‘world-making’ add to a better understanding of its communicative, expressive and aesthetic dimensions? Are the worlds of narrative films only ‘fictional worlds’? In what significant senses do we experience films as worlds?

These are some of the ramified questions addressed in Film Worlds: A Philosophical Aesthetics of Cinema (Columbia UP: 2015). Central to their answer is a fundamental distinction between the worlds represented in films and the presentational worlds offilms.  Focusing on this distinction throughout, and following the book’s general lines of argument, in this talk I will highlight some of the ways in which world-making in film and beyond has been addressed in relevant film theory, literary theory, and the philosophy of film and art, including from analytic/cognitive, semiotic, and phenomenological perspectives. I will note the key insights of these views, while arguing that each is fundamentally partial with respect to theorising cinematic works and worlds in their totality, and as profoundly multi-leveled and multi-aspect wholes. Reflecting my current research interests, I will also suggest the relevance of the transmedial world-in/world-of distinction, and related ideas, to an alternative account of self-reflexivity in cinema, partly developed in dialogue with Christian Metz’s (late) semiotic and textual pragmatic account of ‘impersonal enunciation’ (i.e. a film’s extra-narrative reflexive/commentative address to viewers) in the context of authorial style and artistic expression.

Dr. Daniel Yacavone is Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Edinburgh and currently Director of the Film Studies Programme within the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures. A former British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, with a background in philosophy as well as film studies, his interests include film aesthetics, modern and contemporary film theory, European and North American cinema, cinema and painting, and the philosophy of art. He has published on these and other topics in journals including New Literary History, Studies in French Cinema, and Film-Philosophy. His 2015 book, Film Worlds: A Philosophical Aesthetics of Cinema (Columbia University Press), has been widely reviewed in four languages and was shortlisted for the British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies Best Monograph Award. He is currently writing a monograph reappraising the theory and practice of self-reflexivity in modern and contemporary cinema from a variety of theoretical and philosophical perspectives.