New Approaches to Film Aesthetics
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New Approaches to Film Aesthetics

This panel showcases new work on the aesthetics of film. It will feature a variety of approaches in order to highlight some of the diverse ways in which film scholars and aesthetic theorists approach the topic. The panel will offer new practical techniques for studying film aesthetics, criticisms of existing approaches, and new theories.


Each paper will address a different question in film aesthetics. What follows is a sampling, but topics will depend on the interests and expertise of panelists.How does economics affect the aesthetic design of movies? How do filmmakers appeal to different “aesthetic markets” based on race, gender, class, ethnicity, culture, or audience size? How has an individual filmmaker expanded the aesthetic possibilities of cinema? How does the experience of individual films change within different historical contexts? How have filmmakers developed particular aesthetic devices? How have developing cinema technologies changed aesthetic experience?


The papers should be designed to illustrate new fertile approaches to aesthetics being developed by film scholars today and help demonstrate the amount of work in this area that remains to be accomplished.


Interested participants should submit a completed paper proposal to co-chairs Todd Berliner ( and Malcolm Turvey ( by August 6, 2018. Proposals must include (1) a title, (2) an abstract no longer than 2500 characters (including spaces), (3) 3-5 bibliographic sources, and (4) a bio no longer than 500 characters. Decisions will be communicated by August 14, 2018. 

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