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Mulla Sadra meets cinema studies

What has Islamic philosophy to do with cinema studies? Talk by Professor Laura U. Marks.

27.02.2015 | Mark Sedgwick

Dato tir 17 mar
Tid 15:30 17:00
Sted New Auditorium, Moesgaard Museum

The concept of the imaginal realm, developed in eastern Islamic philosophy, can enrich the imagination of cinema studies. This talk presents the concept of the imaginal realm, from Persian philosopher Sadr al-Din Muhammad Shirazi (1571-1640). This radically pro-image philosophy emphasizes the reality of imagined images, the world as process, intensification, and singularity. It aligns with the cinematic thought of scholars such as Siegfried Kracauer, André Bazin, and Gilles Deleuze in arguing that collective imagination can have real effects.

Laura U. Marks is a pioneering American and Canadian media theorist, artist, and professor at Simon Fraser University. Her books include Hanan al-Cinema: Affections for the Moving Image (forthcoming 2015), Enfoldment and Infinity: An Islamic Genealogy of New Media Art (2010), Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media (2002), and The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses (2000).

This event isorganized by Camera as Cultural Critique, Department of Anthropology; Visual Wednesdays, Eye & Mind programme; Arab and Islamic Studies; and the Department of Aesthetics and Communication.