This collection aims to offer a sustained consideration of race in relation to philosophy and film. It will be broadly accessible and offer ways of thinking about race in conjunction with recent debates in 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 addresses the exclusion of race from a social/political philosophical perspective, his claim can be deployed to address ways in which United States-based academic philosophers have published many works pertaining to philosophy and film in recent years, yet little in this collective and developing body of work has been attentive to matters of race.
This essay collection rectifies this gap in the critical literature while at the same time aiming to remain accessible to students with one or more courses in philosophy. It presumes as its starting point that the “whiteness” of philosophy references not only the “whiteness” of many of its practitioners, but also the ways in which race “remains conceptually and theoretically residual,” and its continuing position in philosophy as “ostensibly raceless.” The volume focuses on the question: How would thinking in philosophy and film be transformed if race were formally incorporated and/or put at its center?
Potential contributors are encouraged to consider particular films in the development of their abstracts and essays, which may serve as primary examples from which generalizations can be drawn. The approach of centering essays around particular films offers readers an opportunity
to pair the collections’ essays with viewings of the films themselves. It also supports use of the collection in college and university classrooms, where discussions could be focused around presentations of racial matters in these films.
Proposals are welcome on, but not limited to, the following topics:
• particular films and characters 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 complication posed by race to existing discussions in philosophy and film
• how race reinforces certain philosophical positions and topics reflected in film
• philosophical issues around representations of whiteness, blackness, and other races/conceptions of race in film
Those interested in contributing to this project should respond to the editors by August 15, 2010 with a brief abstract (approximately 500 words), accompanied by a 100-150-word author’s biography. Abstracts and author’s biographies should be sent electronically to both editors at: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. E-mail Microsoft word attachments only please.
Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo
Dept. of Comparative Ethnic Studies
111 Wilson-Short Hall
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-4010
Dept. of History and Philosophy
2-155 Wilson Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717-2320
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