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The annual conference of the Society for Cognitive Studies of the Moving Image (SCSMI) welcomes you to the Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, June 11th – 14th, 2017

SCSMI2017 Helsinki program is under construction and changes are to occur. Meanwhile you may complete your personal information with a photo and some tags, so the other attendees and speakers will get to know more of you and your interests, and vice versa.

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Tuesday, June 13 • 18:15 - 19:30
A panel discussion on 2 newly published books (Plenary session) Location: Corona Bar Movie theatre

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Corona Bar, Movie theater ground floor - small snack served at 18:00
Discussion starts at 18:15

This is a Double Book Panel, in which two recently published books will be discussed. The two books are Todd Berliner's Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema and Murray Smith's Film, Art and the Third Culture​: A Naturalized Aesthetics of Film, both published by Oxford University Press this spring. Paisley Livingston and Jeff Smith are respondents, and Henry Bacon is panel chair.

More information about the books:

Hollywood Aesthetic: Pleasure in American Cinema by Todd Berliner offers the first comprehensive appraisal of Hollywood’s capacity to provide aesthetic pleasure to mass audiences. Grounded in film history and in the psychological and philosophical literature in aesthetics, Hollywood Aesthetic explains how Hollywood creates, for huge numbers of people, some of their most exhilarating experiences of art. 

In Film, Art and the Third Culture​: A Naturalized Aesthetics of Film, Murray Smith explores the general strategies and principles necessary to build a 'third cultural' or naturalized approach to film and art - one that roots itself in an appreciation of scientific knowledge and method. Smith then goes on to focus on the role of emotion in film and the other arts, as an extended experiment in the 'third cultural' integration of ideas on emotion spanning the arts, humanities and sciences. While acknowledging that not all of the questions we ask are scientific in nature, Smith contends that we cannot disregard the insights wrought by taking a naturalized approach to the aesthetics of film and the other arts.

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Henry Bacon

Professor of Film and Television Studies, University of Helsinki
Henry Bacon is professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Helsinki (2004 – ). Previously he has worked as an assistant professor of Film and Television Studies at the University of Oulu (1994-1999) and as a research fellow at the Finnish Film Archive (1999-2004... Read More →

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Todd Berliner

Professor of Film Studies, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Keywords: Film aesthetics, style, and storytelling.Todd Berliner, Professor of Film Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, teaches film aesthetics, narration, and style and American film history. He is an SCSMI fellow and officer and the author of Hollywood Aesthetic... Read More →

Jeff Smith

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jeff Smith is the author of THE SOUNDS OF COMMERCE: MARKETING POPULAR FILM MUSIC and FILM CRITICISM, THE COLD WAR, AND THE BLACKLIST: READING HOLLYWOOD'S REDS. He is also a co-author, along with David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson, for the eleventh edition of FILM ART: AN INTRODU... Read More →
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Murray Smith

Professor of Film, University of Kent
President of SCSMI. Author of Engaging Characters, Film Theory and Philosophy, Trainspotting, Thinking through Cinema, and most recently Film, Art, and the Third Culture. Laurance S Rockefeller Fellow, Princeton Center for Human Values (2017-18).

Guest Speaker
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Paisley Nathan Livingston

Paisley Livingston is Chair Professor of Philosophy at Lingnan University in Hong Kong and visiting professor in philosophy at Uppsala University. His books include Art and Intention (OUP 2005) and Cinema, Philosophy, Bergman (OUP 2009). With Carl Plantinga he co-edited The Routledge... Read More →

Tuesday June 13, 2017 18:15 - 19:30 EEST
Corona Bar - Conference Club Eerikinkatu 11