Educators' Workshop
Film Philosophy as a Pedagogical Tool
In recent years there has been a dramatic growth and focus in the academic field on film philosophy. Film philosophy describes an important new direction in the discipline of film theory, one that primarily recognises film as a medium that inspires new ways of thinking, experiencing and imagining our relationship with the world. A central concern of film philosophy is the way film allows us to think through philosophical concepts in a way that is particular to the moving image. This workshop will explore ways in which film can be used as a vehicle for the study of philosophy. Specifically catering to polytechnic, college and high school educators, the workshop will provide participants with numerous examples of how to use film to illustrate key philosophical ideas. With reference to the Knowledge and Inquiry (KI) syllabus and other college and high school subjects, participants will derive a better understanding of how to utilise film as pedagogical tool for demonstrating the constructed nature of knowledge and reality.

Dr. Nick Mercer received his doctorate in English, Communication and Cultural Studies from the University of Western Australia in 2008. His thesis explored the intersections between cinema, consciousness and Continental philosophy. Dr. Mercer has published articles on film and cyberculture and given numerous papers on cultural theory and cinema at leading international conferences. He is currently the teaching coordinator of Literature in the Humanities Programme in the Centre for Scholastic Excellence (CSE) at Hwa Chong Institution. Dr. Mercer has been endeavouring to develop learning environments that integrate Literature/Language Arts education with film and media pedagogy.

”Knowledgeable presenter who has lots of enthusiasm for the subject.” - Marie Lim, River Valley High School

“Abstract concepts were well simplified and could be easily understood. Interesting films used.” - Wu Yashi, National Junior College

“Good range of movies screened and appropriate amount of attention paid to each screening.” - Sylvia Soh, National Junior College

“ (I Iike the) provision of materials and reading resources.” - Liow Sio Sen, Teck Whye Secondary School
17 Nov 2008 (Mon)
9:00am – 1:00pm

$110 ($100 for early bird discount, incl. tea break)

National Volunteer & Philantrophy Centre


Venue: MPH2, National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre (NVPC)
The Central, #04-88, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, Singapore 059817

To register, please fill up the registration form  and send it back to us.
Register by 1 November 2008 to qualify for the early bird discount.
An acknowledgement email will be sent upon confirmation of registration.
Email:  info@asianfilmarchive.org
Fax: 6543 1643
Contact Person: Ethan Yeo or Jean Hair
Tel: 6777 3243

Payment should be made by cheque (payable to Asian Film Archive) or GIRO within 30 days upon receipt of invoice. A penalty of the full cost of the workshop(s) will be imposed on participants who registered but did not attend the workshop(s).

Check out the 2 other workshops being held in November 2008:
Advanced Film Literacy and Exploring Interdisciplinary Connections in Language Arts

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