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Eugenie Brinkema #FP2018 Film and Philosophy Conference 2018

Eugenie Brinkema to give keynote address titled “Incremental Love” at the 2018 Film and Philosophy Conference, Jul 3 – July 5, 2018 at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Follow the hashtag #FP2018 for conference updates.

Abstract

Michael Haneke’s Amour (2012) is set in a single restricted location, the Parisian apartment in which a dying, suffering woman is being cared for by her husband. The film plots an obsessive formal language of spatial increments, organizing itself around minor but crucial distances across the geography of the home. Against and within this ordered relation of objects and space, extraordinary pain and terrible violence ultimately arrive. Eugenie Brinkema’s keynote explores this interrelation to suggest that figures of entrance, distance, and spatial incrementality articulate a formalized mode of work that is commuted over the course of the film to the paradoxical figure of an ethics of violence. Love—which absorbs within its affective extremity philosophical figures of completion, unity, fulfillment—is thereby radically altered. When read through the notion of discrete increment, an alternate tradition of the amative is opened up, one in which love names a brutal measurability of the world and an infinitely speculative relation to the ethical.

Fore more information, visit the Film and Ohilosophy Conference website

Literature Faculty awarded CAST grants

Professor Diana Henderson and Associate Professor Stephanie Frampton have been awarded CAST grants for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Stephanie Frampton: Fay Chandler Faculty Creativity Seed Grant for “Affective Machines (Laughing Room)” project, opening in November 2018

Diana Henderson: Visiting Artist Grant inviting Karin Coonrod, beginning February 2019

The Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST) was established to create new opportunities for art, science and technology to thrive as interrelated, mutually informing modes of exploration, knowledge and discovery at MIT.

The Center also supports projects that may be difficult to fund through traditional sources or are exploratory in nature but may lead to creative works, significant research or interesting collaborations in the future.

For more information about CAST Grants, please visit their website.

Shankar Raman named 2018 MacVicar Fellow

Congratulations to Professor Shankar Raman for being named one of the 2018 MacVicar Fellows!

Allison Trachy via MIT News writes: “Raman’s unconventional path has proven particularly beneficial to his students. “One of the most unique and helpful aspects of Prof. Raman’s advising,” one former student wrote, “was his ability to leverage his own unique life trajectory, which enables him to connect with MIT students on their own technically-minded terms better than most.”

Colleagues praise Raman’s “pedagogically insightful, generously collective” personality. Head of the literature section, Mary C. Fuller, says, “Shankar transmits to students his own appetite for thinking beyond the classroom.””

For more, read the full MIT News article here

The 90-Second Newbery Film Festival

“Trade and plum-cake forever, huzza!” So said John Newbery, the 18th-century publisher who first established children’s literature as a stand-alone segment of the literary marketplace. His name is attached to the world’s first children’s book prize, a distinguished honor and lucrative sales boost established in 1922 by the American Library Association. For the past six years, his name has also been attached to a more raucous celebration of creativity: the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival. Created and run by children’s author James Kennedy, this annual make-your-own-video contest invites young readers to condense any Newbery winner down to a 90-second film. Kids then get a chance to see their movies at gala screenings held all over the US, cohosted by Kennedy and local children’s writers.

Public Books section editor and Literature at MIT professor Marah Gubar, who studies youth culture, recently attended one of these joyously anarchic screenings. She didn’t win any books during the surprise giveaway that sent audience members scrambling under seats in search of golden tickets. But she did get to see Kennedy and his Boston-based cohost M. T. Anderson—author of Feed, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing …, and other award-winning young adult books—perform a witty musical number penned by Kennedy and focused on the history of the Newbery Medal. And she also got to speak to Kennedy afterward about the pros and cons of handing out prizes, what it means to be creative, intergenerational collaboration, and brains in jars.

View the full interview here