The 2019 Philosophy of Film, Without Theory interdisciplinary conference covered various topics on the idea of Philosophy without theory, as a plurality of methodologies that include fine-grained description and discernment; disentangling confusions; reactive and/or reflective critical inquiry, the exploration of conceptual connection; logical geography; conceptual synthesis; the provision of perspicuous presentations and survivable overviews; non-systematic engagement with individual or particular works, subject, ideas, events and/or situation… and more.
The conference also suggested a focus on, and pay close attention to, individual films. Also discover the opportunities, challenges and potential value offered by without Theory approaches to film by speakers, presenters, philosophers, film scholars, filmmakers and film critics. Kamran had several inspirational discussions on my research project and in general with Prof Sophie Grace Chappell (Open University), Dr Lucy Bolton (Queen Mary, University of London), Associate Prof Andrew Klevan (University of Oxford) and Associate Prof Mikel Burley (University of Leeds).
The talks and discussions in those two days was a proactive and rewarding exploration into Without Theory approaches not just to film but to philosophy and reflective thought in general. This conference included some hundred participants including invited speakers, presenters and film scholars from several countries including USA, UK, Spain, Israel, Sweden, Romania, Belgium, Netherlands and Australia etc. to present their recent research in the Film-Philosophy research area. It provided participants with a beneficial learning experience. For example, it was a great opportunity to participate fully in the discussion of Film and Philosophy (Philosophical messages in film, Film theories, Films without Philosophy, Philosophy of Film without Theory, Religious and Ethical Possibilities through Film and different Philosophers approaches e.g. Wittgenstein’s Philosophy as a Tool for Conceptualising Film) related researchers and to share findings and views during Q&A sections, coffee & Lunch breaks and conference dinner.