In an effort to address the omission of race from considerations of philosophy and film, especially in material suitable for university classroom use, this collection aims to offer a sustained consideration of race as it pertains to philosophy and film. The collection will be broadly situated at the intersection of philosophy, race, and film, providing an approach that is both pedagogical and philosophical insofar as students and instructors are currently lacking texts and ways of thinking about race in conjunction with philosophy and film.
The collection takes as its starting point Charles Mills’ claim that philosophy remains “one of the very ‘whitest’ of the humanities.” While Mills addressed the exclusion of race from social/political philosophy a decade ago, his claim can be deployed at the current moment to address the way in which U.S.-based academic philosophers have published many works pertaining to philosophy and film, in recent years, yet there has been little in this collective and developing body of work attentive to matters of race.
This book collection examines race at the intersection of philosophy and film. It presumes that the “whiteness” of philosophy references not only the “whiteness” of many of its practitioners but the neglect of race, the way in which race “remains conceptually and theoretically residual,” and the continuing position of philosophy as “ostensibly raceless.” The volume responds to the question: How would thinking in the area of philosophy and film be transformed if race were formally incorporated and/or put at center?
Proposals are welcome on, but not limited to, the following topics:
• particular films vis-à-vis philosophical issues and race
• intersections of race with gender and/or sexuality in philosophy and film
• the incorporation of race into existing philosophical discussions of film(s)
• the exclusion of race from typical courses on philosophy and race
• the complication posed by race to existing discussions in philosophy and film
• how race reinforces certain philosophical positions and topics reflected in film (e.g., “the other,” “difference,” “the abject”)
• connections between philosophy of race and film(s)
• philosophical issues around representations of whiteness in film
Those interested in contributing to this project should respond by November 15, 2009, with a brief (approximately 500 words) abstract of your proposed essay, accompanied by a short biography. Abstracts and biographies should be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. E-mail Microsoft Word attachments only please.
Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo
Department of Comparative Ethnic Studies
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-4010
Phone: 509-335-4793 Email: email@example.com
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