CFP “Cinema and the Body” for the International Journal of Cinema

Dear Colleague,

As the invited guest editors for the International Journal of Cinema we would personally like to draw your attention to the call for multidisciplinary papers on Cinema and the Body.

Cinema and the Body

The editors welcome a broad range of essays in the following areas:

• The brain in films and films in the brain: scientific representations of the body and neurocinematics
• Practice-based research of the cinematic body from the point of view of performer and/or author
• New technologies for portraying the body in cinema (e.g., virtual avatars)
• The body as an interface to cinema (e.g. enactive cinema)
• The bodily representation of gender, race, and the physically challenged in cinema
• The body and performativity: the body as image and sound in cinema, body movement and kinesics

Submission date: Jan 15, 2014

Dr. Kaisu Koski is an artist-researcher who has expertise revolving around performativity and cinema, and scientific-medical representations of the body through moving image. Furthermore, she promotes cinema as a research method, arts-based means comparable, but significantly different from, anthropological/ethnographic film. In such a research context the ethical issues and the questions about raw data versus artistic dramatization of it, for instance, become important. Other interesting issues in her practice  are the artist-researcher’s own body in the image vs. the research participant’s body, and the qualities in the onscreen performance.

Dr. Pia Tikka is a director-cinematographer with expertise in neurocinematics, a novel paradigm of neuroscience that studies human cognition by the means of functional neuroimaging. Within this framework she has special interest in unraveling the brain basis of the filmmakers’ expertise. Tikka’s concept “enactive cinema” (2008) together with the embodied mind approach (Varela et al. 1991), further suggests opening up the discussion to the domain of the implicit emotion-driven interaction loop between the viewer-participant’s psychophysiological response and the cinematic narrative.

For further inquiries, please, contact Rita Capucho or Cláudia Ferreira at

Looking forward to receiving your proposal.

Dr. Kaisu Koski
Dr. Pia Tikka

Pia Tikka
Dr. Researcher, Filmmaker
aivoAALTO research project
Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
– Dept. of Film, Television and Scenography
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