On behalf of the Gonzaga University Faith and Reason Institute and Whitworth College’s Weyerhaeuser Center for Faith and Learning, I am pleased to announce a call for papers for the inaugural “Faith, Film, and Philosophy” one-day conference to be held at Gonzaga University (Spokane, WA) this coming September 29. The conference will be held in conjunction with a series of three public talks to be held on the evenings of September 27-29.
The three public talks will be given by Ralph Winter (producer of numerous films including the three X-Men films), Thomas Hibbs (Baylor University, author of Shows About Nothing), and Michael Foley (Baylor University, author of essays on Groundhog Day and The Truman Show).
Plenary and concurrent sessions will be held at Gonzaga on Saturday, 29 September 2007. Possible session titles include the following, though other paper or session proposals on specific topics, questions, or films are welcome and encouraged:
- Character, narrative and religious belief in recent films.
- Faith and morals in recent films.
- Cognitive uses of fantasy and film.
- Depictions of God in recent films.
- Depictions of the religious life in recent films.
- Naturalism and supernaturalism in recent films.
- The dream-film analogy (on which see C. McGinn, The Power of Movies).
- Faith and fantasy (or: why faith is not merely a fantasy).
- Fantasy and emotions in films (of particular genres or generally).
- Magical illusion and morals in recent films (e.g. The Prestige, The Illusionist).
- Possible world metaphysics and films.
- Science fiction, fantasy and emotions.
- The uses of silence in recent films.
- Modal concepts and modal thinking in films.
- Animated films, fantasies and cognition.
- Psychoanalytic notions of fantasy and film.
- Films by particular directors and any of the above topics.
Proposals not longer than one page (double-spaced), and in Word, should be submitted by May 31, 2007, and should include title, author(s), institutional association (if any), mailing address, email address, and text of proposal. Proposals should be submitted electronically to Margaret Rankin. Acceptances will be sent by June 15, 2007. For further information, contact Margaret Rankin or Dr. Brian Clayton. Updates will appear on the Faith and Reason Institute website.
Associate Professor (Philosophy) and Co-Director, Faith and Reason
Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA