Dr Eileen John (Warwick)
“’Based on a true story’: The experience of fiction in film adaptation of non-fiction”
Thursday, 28 March, 2019, 4:15 – 6:00pm
50 George Square, Room G.01
University of Edinburgh
The lecture is free and open to all!
Abstract: “Along with the rich history of adaptation of novels into films, there are numerous examples of films that works of prose non-fiction: Jane Campion’s An Angel at my Table, based on Janet Frame’s autobiographies; Alan Parker’s adaptation of Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes, James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything from Jane Hawking’s Travelling to Infinity; Walter Salles’ film of Che Guevara’s The Motorcycle Diaries, and Bennett Miller’s and Adam McKay’s films, respectively, of Michael Lewis’ Moneyball and The Big Short. I will discuss some linked questions about such adaptive relationships. First, it seems obvious, or pretty obvious, that the films are all works of fiction. The are not, for instance, documentary films. So, the first question concerns why that is and whether there is a conception of fiction that makes this clear. Second, is there something we might call ‘the experience of fiction’ that can float free of the actual requirements of fiction? In general I will reflect on what seems to be a process of fictionalisation manifest within these adaptations.”
About the speaker: Eileen John is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. She has a particular interest in literature, including poetry, and its philosophical and ethical significance. Her recent publications include ‘Literature and Disagreement,’ ‘Caring about Characters,’ and ‘Emma and Defective Action.’ She is the Co-Director of Warwick’s Centre for Research in Philosophy, Literature, and the Arts.
Additional information: The lecture will be followed by a dinner with our speaker. If you would like to attend the dinner, please contact the organisers by 22 March.
*** There are limited funds to cover dinner expenses for two students, offered on a first-come-first-served basis. ***
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This research project aims to explore Plato’s rich and nuanced treatment of Greek comedy. In recent years there have been a number of high quality publications on a variety of topics related to Plato and comedy. These works have often been more narrow in their focus, and fall within the contemporary disciplinary boundaries of either philosophy or classics. This is perhaps understandable given that lacking in the Platonic dialogues are the kinds of sustained treatments of comedy that we find for tragedy and epic. But yet, as this recent scholarship has shown, engagements with comedy, comic poets, as well as comic vignettes, tropes, and all manner of comic ‘business’ litter the dialogues.
This project aims to offer the first systematic investigation of Plato engagement with comedy. This project will take a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to this issue, and will include both philosophers and classicists who work on topics including Plato’s poetics, the wider philosophical reception of comedy, and comedy itself. In doing so we hope to illuminate the scope and complexity of Plato’s treatment of comedy, and situate Plato’s treatment of comedy within a broader history of development of the comic tradition, and its reception.
‘Plato on Comedy’ Workshop Programme:
Birley Room, Hatfield College, Durham University
March 30th-31st 2019
Saturday the 30th of March
10:00-11:00 Prof. Franco Trivigno (Oslo)
‘Plato’s Definition of Comedy’
11:00-12:00 Assoc. Prof. Pierre Destrée (Louvain)
‘Plato and the Art of Parodying Tragedies’
13:30-14:30 Mr. William Strigel (Trinity College Dublin)
‘Plato’s Comic Principles: On the Ascetic Socrates’
14:30-15:30 Prof. Richard Hunter (Cambridge)
‘Alcibiades the Laughter-Maker’
15:30-16:00 Tea Break
16:00-17:00 Assoc. Prof. Sonja Tanner (Colorado)
‘Socrates’ Imaginary Ridicule: Laughter in Plato’s Hippias Major’
Sunday the 31st of March
9:00-10:00 Dr. Sarah Miles (Durham)
‘Platonicomic Business: Platonic Dialogue and Comic Drama’
10:00-11:00 Dr. Dave Preston (London)
‘Arrogance, Asininity, and Alazoneia: Plato in the Fragments of Middle Comedy’
11:00-11:30 Tea Break
11:30-12:30 Dr. Alan Roberts (Sussex)
‘Humour is a Funny Thing’
12:30-13:00 Concluding Statements
Plato on Comedy
Departmental Research Project 2018-19
Department of Classics and Ancient History
Conference in dialogue between post-disciplinary fields
Conference Date: 06-08. 05. 2019.
Conference Venue: Moholy-Nagy University of Art&Design, Budapest
Conference Hosted by: Design Culture Studies Doctoral Program at the Doctoral School of Moholy-Nagy University of Art&Design, Budapest & Hungarian Forum of Somaesthetics
Confirmed keynote speakers:
Richard Shusterman, Professor of Philosophy and English, Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities, and Director for Body, Mind and Culture at Florida Atlantic University. Initiatior of somaesthetic research.
Guy Julier, Professor of Design Leadership at Aalto University, Helsinki. Former Principal Research Fellow in Contemporary Design and Professor of Design Culture at the University of Brighton/Victoria & Albert Museum. Author of founding books on design culture studies, editorial board member of the Journal of Visual Culture and Design and Culture.
Patrick Devlieger, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Social Sciences at KU Leuven, anthropologist, leading international researcher of disability studies.
See the Call for Papers for more information.
Institute of Aesthetics and Art Culture of Faculty of Arts of University of Presov in Presov and Society for Aesthetics in Slovakia (SPES) invites you after the first event of the “cycle” of international scientific conferences held on 18-20 May 2018 in the High Tatras, to a scientific conference with the theme: ‘Ends of Arts in the Aesthetic, Artistic and Philosophic Theories’.
Following the re-evaluation of the “Hegelian” theories and theories of romanticism that was dominant during the first conference (emphasis was placed on the theories and artistic realities of the 18th and 19th centuries), actual call for papers is primarily (but not exclusively) concerned with the theoretical concepts in the chronological order primarily); approaches and methods, as well as the artistic realities of the 20th and 21st centuries.
The purpose of scientific events is to turn attention to the philosophical, aesthetic, artistic and artistic-critical theories that reflect and explain or otherwise theorise artistic events in the period mentioned; methodologically justify the importance of its past, present and prejudice the future of art and its sense of man. We want to explore and critically re-evaluate those philosophical, aesthetic, arts-studies and arts-historical theories and conceptions which reason the inevitable “art history end” and “art end” in general. The conference will focus on the concepts and relevance of these theories arguments that argue for an ongoing “art history”, as well as the ongoing artistic creation and art (from the Romantic period up to present) perception significance. The organisers primarily want to focus on the relevancy and heuristic productivity of especially those aesthetic theories research, which clarify an art face from the point of view of their methodology, terms and communication with arts-studies approaches; they illuminate art ́s aestheticpotential, consequences of perception of art in consciousness, thinking and potential present- day one ́s action. The organisers look forward to turning ourattention to the theories that in their approaches argue “the future of art” and its perspective from the point of view of the creator and perceptor, the criticism of those theories that argue the various forms of “ends” of art and the emptying of its meaning; and those theories arguing the continuing development of art and its meaning in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Topic: Aesthetic theories of the 20th and 21st century reflecting the state and perspectives of art, including the potential “ends of art”
Conference date: 17th – 19th May 2019
Venue of conference: High Tatras
See the associated Call for Papers here.
University of Edinburgh, May 21–22, 2019
A workshop-style conference bringing together philosophers in aesthetics, meta-normativity, and value theory. Themes include the nature and structure of aesthetic reasons, meta-normative and meta-aesthetic objectivity, aesthetic obligations, and more.
Sponsored by the British Society for Aesthetics. Hosted by the Scottish Aesthetics Forum and the University of Edinburgh Department of Philosophy.
The event complies with BPA/SWIP Conference Guidelines.
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