Film, Philosophy and Religion Conference: Concordia, May 2020. Call for Papers and Abstracts
FILM, PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION Conference
Friday-Saturday 1-2, May 2020. Sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith
Hollywood’s impact and influence should not be underestimated: It’s a $40 billion annual
business! Hollywood may be largely responsible for shaping who we are as individuals and a
society—including what our beliefs and values are. Hollywood is neither morally nor politically
neutral. Movies affect us emotionally long before we have thought it through—and all kinds of
philosophical ideas and values are smuggled in by them—while we’re enjoying some escape from
the real world. The use of religious themes, ideas and imagery—unhinged from their traditional
mooring—is also pervasive.
The Canadian Centre for Scholarship and the Christian Faith at Concordia University of Edmonton
cordially invites you to our ninth annual conference. The theme for 2020 is Film, Philosophy and
The keynote speaker is Dr Adam Barkman who is Professor of Philosophy at Redeemer University
College. He is the co-editor of Lexington’s book series Critical Companions to Contemporary
Directors. He has authored five books and is the co-editor of six books, including The Philosophy of
Ang Lee, The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott, A Critical Companion to Tim Burton, A Critical
Companion to James Cameron and A Critical Companion to Steven Spielberg. His keynote is
entitled “Ridley Scott: Film, Philosophy and Religion”.
Call for Papers and Presentations along the lines of the theme of Film, Philosophy and Religion
may be approached interdisciplinarily from the Humanities and Social Sciences and from the
subdisciplines of Philosophy, Theology, Psychology, Sociology, Culture, English Literature, Fine Art
and Ethics; though this list is not intended to be restrictive. For guidelines and submissions go
http://www.ccscf.org/conference/artwork_and_paper_proposals/ . The deadline for proposals is
Thursday 16 th April 2020.
Vernon Press will be publishing the proceedings of this conference. Scholars who want their
original unpublished papers in this book must submit them for adjudication by 31 st July 2020 to
the editor Dr bill.anderson at concordia.ab.ca . Scholars need not present at the conference to
submit their papers for consideration.