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
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Register by 1 November 2008 to qualify for the early bird discount.
An acknowledgement email will be sent upon confirmation of registration.
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
Exploring Interdisciplinary Connections in Language
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