Sartre's theory of the imagination is important both as an alternative to the idea that the imagination consists of images contained somehow in the mind - the "illusion of immanence" — and as an early formulation of Sartre's conception of consciousness. In this paper I defend Sartre's theory of imaginative consciousness against some of its critics. I show how difficulties with his theory parallel a perennial problem in Sartre-interpretation, that of understanding how consciousness can negate its past and posit possibilities beyond the facticity of its situation. In this short essay I will not provide a detailed exposition of Sartre's theory of the imagination. Rather, I provide the basis of an interpretation of this theory that emphasizes the role that the past plays in imaginative consciousness.
Climate Change and the Cinematic Ethics of Immersive Filmworlds
Ludo de Roo
form of imagination that is rooted in our elemental being-in-the-world. As such, this cinematic form of “elemental imagination,” as I will call it, has the potential to enrich the field of cinematic ethics. 1 In other words, elemental imagination is
Love and Longing among Syrian Men in Exile in Amman
Emilie Lund Mortensen
technology of imagination ( Sneath et al. 2009 ), understood as the social and material means by which particular imaginings are generated, which opens for a creative space in which it is possible to imagine the otherwise unimaginable, such as a different
Stuart Marshall Bender
A clear definition of realism is understandably difficult for critics and theorists to agree upon when applied to texts such as the war film or combat shooter, which can have a very direct connection to events that have actually taken place. This article uses textual observation and analysis to advance the concept of “reported realism” as an alternate analytical tool to account for the impression of truth and authenticity produced by specific stylistic components of these representations of combat violence. Drawing on cognitivist theories of meaning and the imagination (Torben Grodal, Stephen Prince) and neoformalist film studies (Kristin Thompson) this article points toward some of the significant developments in the evolution of violence in war films as well as the adjacent genre of the first-person shooter video game. The article shows that the intensified audio-visual detail in contemporary screen representations of war enable film viewers and game players to construct more vividly imagined mental simulations, thus offering a greater affective realism.
What We Can Learn from Fijian Children's Ideas About Their Lives as Adults
Through an analysis of Fijian children's essays about the future, this article explores ideas of sociality, personhood, and the self that are the very stuff of intersubjectivity and thus of the imagination, as this gives rise to the lived social reality that is manifested in people's ideas and practices. The material presented here bears on a single aspect of data derived from 75 essays by Fijian village children aged between 7 and 15 years old, that is, their constitution over time of a spatiotemporal orientation toward a view of generations to come. I use this example of spatiotemporal orientation to show how, seen through the perspective derived from long-term participant observer fieldwork, data such as these enable an ethnographic analysis of meaning-making as a transformational, historical process.
Review of Patrick Colm Hogan, UNDERSTANDING INDIAN MOVIES: CULTURE, COGNITION, AND CINEMATIC IMAGINATION
Book Review of Irving Massey, The Neural Imagination: Aesthetic and Neuroscientific Approaches to the Arts
Jane F. Hacking, Jeffrey S. Hardy, and Matthew P. Romaniello
This special issue of Sibirica is devoted to exploring Russia's complicated relationship with Asia. Along with an edited volume ( Russia in Asia: Imaginations, Interactions, and Realities , forthcoming), it is an outgrowth of the “Asia in the
Perspectives from postsocialist Europe and beyond
Haldis Haukanes and Susanna Trnka
The last two decades have witnessed a phenomenal expansion of scholarly work on collective memory. Simultaneously, increasing anthropological attention is being paid to collective visions of the future, albeit through a range of disparate literatures on topics including development, modernity and risk, the imagination, and, perhaps ironically, nostalgia. In this introduction to this special section, we bring together analyses of postsocialist visions of pasts and futures to shed light upon the cultural scripts and social processes through which different temporal visions are ascribed collective meaning, employed in the creation of shared and personal identities, and used to galvanize social and political action.
Photographers of Siberia in Late Imperial Russia
conference “Asia in the Russian Imagination” at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, March 2018, discussed in the Russian and East European Circle at the University of Alberta, and at the Midwestern Russian History Workshop in 2017. I thank all