London Branch Seminar
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This paper looks at the relationship between film, philosophy and education. The study of film often involves a focus on what might be loosely termed “cultural theory”. The power of theory to disrupt our more conventional ways of seeing might be thought of as “educational” in the richest sense. However, it can also represent a blockage that separates the subject from the educational power of cinema. This paper considers whether what is done to film by theorists may dilute the educational force of what cinema can “do”. If it can “do” things then can it teach? Gilles Deleuze’s discussion of cinematic images offers one way of thinking through this issue.
Ian Munday teaches the philosophy of education at Stirling University. His principal interests are in performatives and performativity, in the light of the work of J.L. Austin, Cavell, Derrida, and Deleuze. He has also worked extensively on the theme of creativity in education.