Do Film Studies Form a "discipline" ?

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Talk
Friday, March 19, 2010 - 14:00
Concordia University

Arthemis is pleased to present a
lecture with

Dominique Chateau
Panthéon-Sorbonne University

Do Film Studies Form a "discipline" ?

Do film studies form a "discipline "? If, in discussing them, we may borrow what Paul Valéry once said about mathematics ("Nobody, as far as I know, has professed to define mathematics, and  yet nobody doubts their existence")  it remains that the question raises several epistemological issues beginning by the very definition of the term "epistemology" itself. Using various philosophical distinctions from Wittgenstein to Canguilhem, from Russell to Foucault and Peirce, and drawing from art itself, it shall be argued that the condition for "disciplinarity" in film studies lies not in a strictly scientific method but more generally in our ability to see film studies as a field of knowledge and research. If, as Christian Metz once showed, the specificity of cinematographic language lies in a specific combination of non-specific features, then we might say, by analogy, that the specific "disciplinarity" of film studies rests in turn in a specific combination of non-specific epistemological features.

Doctor in philosophy and in human sciences, Dominique Chateau teach aesthetics, art philosophy and film studies at Panthéon-Sorbonne University (Paris I). Among several books, he published recently Philosophie d’un art moderne: Le cinema, l’Harmattan, 2009; L’Autonomie de l’esthétique: Shaftesbury, Kant, Alison, Hegel et quelques autres, L’Harmattan, 2007; Sartre et le cinéma, Séguier, 2005 ; Cinéma et philosophie, Nathan cinéma, 2003 ; l’Épistémologie de l’esthétique, l’Harmattan, 2000 ; L’Héritage de l’art : Imitation, tradition et modernité, l’Harmattan, 1999 ; L’Art comme fait social total, L’Harmattan, 1998 ; etc.

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