FW: [FILM-PHILOSOPHY] Tree of Life
- 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.
>From: djf@...<mailto:faithandreason@...> no later than 30 June
>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
> 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@...
> 2012, and should include title, author(s), institutional affiliationClayton, Director, Gonzaga
> (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
> For further information please contact Margaret Rankin, Program
> Coordinator, Gonzaga University Faith and Reason Institute at
> faithandreason@... <mailto:faithandreason@...> or Dr. Brian
> University Faith and Reason Institute at clayton@...<mailto:clayton@...> .
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