CFP: The Objects of Cinema


Special issue on The Objects of Cinema
Edited by Catherine Wheatley and Elizabeth Ezra

Deadline: 1 February 2022

We welcome articles of between 6000 and 8000 words for a special issue of Film-Philosophy on the role of objects in cinema. Pieces might examine a particular object or type of object in a film or films, or they might constitute a more wide-ranging consideration of material culture in film more generally. Essays might approach the topic from any of a range of perspectives including, but not limited to, Thing Theory, Object-Oriented Ontology, critical vitalism, posthumanism, psychoanalysis, cultural history, or costume history. We are interpreting “cinema” broadly to include not only traditional forms, but also serial productions on streaming platforms, etc.

Suggested topics include:

  • Objects of consumption: food, drink, cigarettes, drugs
  • Enchanted objects: sacred objects, religious objects, magic objects, totems
  • Domestic objects: furniture, kitchenware, knick-knacks and souvenirs, mirrors
  • Decorative objects: clothes, artwork, accessories jewels (SUNGLASSES!)
  • Technological objects and tools: cars, computers, phones, remote controls.
  • Foreign objects: including the exotic and the alien, the misplaced and the out-of-place.
  • Monetary objects: coins, paper, gold bars, briefcases, swag bags.
  • Musical objects: boxes, instruments, sheet music, the Walkman.

All articles should be submitted to Film-Philosophy by 1 February 2022 for a projected publication date of November 2022. Authors should be prepared to make quick rewrites in late Spring 2022.

All suitable articles will be subject to double-blind peer-review and submission does not guarantee publication.

Full submissions should be made here:

  • You will be able to choose the specific CFP section when you submit.
  • Submissions must be formatted and referenced in the APA (6th edition) style.
  • Guidelines for authors including information about abstracts, keywords and formatting, can be found here

For any questions relating to the special issue please email both and