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    Hi folks, just thought I d forward the below concerning Malick s Tree of Life (from the film philosophy group I also subscribe to). Hopefully it might interest
    Message 1 of 1 , May 11, 2012
      Hi folks, just thought I'd forward the below concerning Malick's Tree of
      Life (from the film philosophy group I also subscribe to). Hopefully it
      might interest some on this group.


      michael pennamacoor

      >From: djf@...
      >To: FILM-PHILOSOPHY@...
      >Subject: [FILM-PHILOSOPHY] Tree of Life
      >Date: Thu, 03 May, 2012, 2:26 pm

      > FaithandPhil [themugwump27@... <mailto:themugwump27@...> ]
      > Sent: 02 May 2012 14:31
      > To: Philosophy Updates
      > Call for Papers
      > Faith, Film and Philosophy
      > “The Tree of Life:
      > The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace”
      > October 5th & October 6th, 2012
      > Gonzaga University’s Faith and Reason Institute and Whitworth
      > University’s Weyerhaeuser Center for Faith and Learning are pleased to
      > announce their Sixth Annual Seminar on Faith, Film and Philosophy,
      > entitled “The Tree of Life: The Way of Nature and the Way of Grace.”
      > This year’s seminar theme takes its inspiration from Terrence Malick’s
      > 2011 film, The Tree of Life. The film provoked widely divergent
      > responses from critics and audiences. Interpretations of the film were
      > no less diverse and ranged from those who saw it as Heideggerian to
      > those who saw it as a very Christian meditation on life. No matter the
      > response or interpretation, those who viewed the film seemed clearly
      > to think that Malick was attempting to say something important about
      > the place of humans in creation and the meaning (or lack thereof) of
      > human life. And central to what Malick was saying in the film were the
      > two themes he introduced explicitly in voiceover narration—the way of
      > nature and the way of grace.
      > We invite proposals for papers that deal with Malick’s work in
      > general, this film in particular, the themes of the way of nature and
      > the way of grace, or any of the issues on which the film touches.
      > These themes and issues need not be approached simply through Malick’s
      > work or this particular film. Other directors, screenwriters and films
      > have dealt with these matters as well and are thus part of the
      > conversation we wish to encourage in the seminar. We are particularly
      > interested in popular films from the last 20 years, although the
      > program committee will certain consider exceptions to the 20-year
      > rule.
      > Seminar sessions will take place on Friday (October 5th) and Saturday
      > (October 6th). Public lectures and other events associated with the
      > seminar will take place in the days leading up to the seminar. On the
      > evening of October 5th, there will also be an invited keynote address
      > open to the public.
      > Possible topics for seminar papers focused especially on the film
      > include the following, although proposals on other topics, questions,
      > or films of relevance are certainly welcome and encouraged.
      > • What are the ways of nature and of grace?
      > • Does The Tree of Life extend the view of the world that Malick has
      > presented in his previous films or does it represent a significant
      > departure from that work?
      > • Does the film have anything significant to say about the problems of
      > evil and/or suffering?
      > • What does the film’s portrayal of adolescent development show us
      > about the way of nature and/or the way of grace?
      > • Of what relevance to his purposes is Malick’s depiction of the
      > history of universe?
      > • How have other directors/screenwriters/films approached the themes
      > and issues that concern Malick?
      > • Is the manner in which the main character’s sexual awakening is
      > portrayed developmentally plausible?
      > • What do films say to us about the relationship between fathers and
      > sons? What does this film in particular say?
      > • How does one do philosophy in a narrative setting?
      > • Are we meant to take at face value the film’s opening statement
      > about the ways of nature and grace?
      > • Does this film help us to understand why people fall away from
      > religious belief?
      > • What does the film mean by suggesting that the main character’s
      > mother and brother were responsible for bringing him (back) to
      > religious belief?
      > Proposals not longer than one page (double-spaced), and in Word
      > format, should be submitted electronically to the attention of
      > Margaret Rankin at faithandreason@...
      <mailto:faithandreason@...> no later than 30 June
      > 2012, and should include title, author(s), institutional affiliation
      > (if any), mailing address, email address, and the text of proposal.
      > The seminar organizers will send acceptances by 6 July 2012.
      > The seminar and its associated public events are part of a series of
      > jointly-sponsored programs focused on “Faith, Reason and Popular
      > Culture.” The conviction behind these programs is that if Christian
      > institutions of higher learning are to respond properly to their
      > charge to be places where faith seeks understanding, then they must
      > engage contemporary popular culture. Film is among the most powerful
      > and important forms of popular culture. Thus, the seminar organizers
      > seek scholars who will engage in two days of discussion investigating
      > issues of faith and philosophical import raised by contemporary
      > popular film. Presenters need not have any formal academic
      > appointment.
      > For further information please contact Margaret Rankin, Program
      > Coordinator, Gonzaga University Faith and Reason Institute at
      > faithandreason@... <mailto:faithandreason@...> or Dr. Brian
      Clayton, Director, Gonzaga
      > University Faith and Reason Institute at clayton@...
      <mailto:clayton@...> .
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