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Book Chapters

Atkinson, Paul and Rebecca Strating. “Cosmopolitanism on Demand?: Television and the Narrowing of Mediated Social Connection.” Contemporary Publics. Ed. P. David Marshall, Glenn D’Cruz, Sharyn McDonald and Katja Lee. London: Palgrave, 2016.

Atkinson, Paul and Michelle Duffy. “The Amplification of Affect: Tension, Intensity and Form in Modern Dance.” Modernism and Affect. Ed. Julie Taylor. Edinburgh: Edinburgh UP, 2015.

“The Inclination of Philosophy: The Creative Mind and the Articulation of a Bergsonian Method.” Understanding Bergson, Understanding Modernism. Eds. Paul Ardoin, S. E. Gontarski and Laci Mattison. New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2013.  89-104.

“Time, Memory and Movement in Gaspar Noé’s Irreversible.” Millenial Cinema: Memory in Global Film. Eds. Amresh Sinha and Terence McSweeney. London and New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.

“I Know What You Did Next Summer.” Philip K. Dick and Philosophy. Ed. D.E. Wittkower. Chicago and LaSalle: Open Court, 2011.

“Henri Bergson.” Deleuze’s Philosophical Lineage. Ed. Jon Roffe and Graham Jones. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009.

“The Time of Heroes: Narrative, Progress and Eternity in Miracleman. The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero. Ed. Angela Ndalianis. New York: Routledge, 2008.

“The Movement of Dissolution: Bergson and the Aesthetics of Durational Difference.” Sensorium. Ed. Felicity Colman et al. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008.

Atkinson, Paul and Simon Cooper. “Graphic Implosion: Politics, Time, and Value in Post-9/11 Comics.” Literature after 9/11. Ed. Ann Keniston and Jeanne Follansbee Quinn. New York: Routledge, 2008.

“Dynamic Sensation: Bergson, Futurism and the Exteriorisation of Time in the Plastic Arts.” Art and Time. Ed. Susan Tridgell. Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2007.

Journal Articles

“Thinking With Digits: Cinema and the Digital-Analogue Opposition.” Sequence 4.1, 2016.

“Turning Away: Embodied Movement in the Perception of Shot Duration.” Image [&] Narrative. 15.1, (2014).

Atkinson, Paul and Michelle Duffy. “Unnatural Movements: Modernism’s Shaping of Intimate Relations in Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps.” Affirmations of the Modern. 2 (2014).

“Why Pause?: The Fine Line between Reading and Contemplation.” Studies in Comics 3.1 (2012).

Atkinson, Paul and Simon Cooper. “Untimely Animations: Waltz with Bashir and the Incorporation of Historical Difference.” Screening the Past 34 (2012).

“The Graphic Novel as Metafiction.” Studies in Comics 1.1 (2010).

“Movements within Movements: Following the Line in Animation and Comic Books.” Animation: An Interdisciplinary Journal 4:3 (2009).

“The visualisation of Utopia in Recent Science Fiction Film.” Colloquy (2007).

Atkinson, Paul. & Yell, Sue. “Affect, Time and the Enunciative Body.” Southern Review 38.2 (2006).

“Picturing movement and Moving Pictures: Towards a Pragmatics of Pictorial Perception.” Southern Review: Communication, Politics & Culture 33.3 (2000):

“The Morphology of Time: Sheldrake’s Theory of Formative Causation.” Antithesis, July, 8.2. (1997).

Reviews and Encyclopaedia Articles

“Bergson on Multiplicity.” Understanding Bergson, Understanding Modernism. Eds. Paul Ardoin, S. E. Gontarski and Laci Mattison. New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2013. 330-31.

“Bergson on Instinct.” Understanding Bergson, Understanding Modernism. Eds. Paul Ardoin, S. E. Gontarski and Laci Mattison. New York and London: Bloomsbury, 2013. 318-19.

“Framing Motion: Sculpture, the Body and Implied Movement.” Comics Forum. First published 23 September 2011 [http://comicsforum.org/2011/09/23/sculpture-and-comic-art-4-framing-motion-sculpture-the-body-and-implied-movement-by-paul-atkinson/]

“Essai sur les données immédiates de la conscience.” The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 January 2011 [http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=10518]

“Jacques le Goff, History and Memory.” Review in Autumn, 1995 issue of Exegesis.

Conference and Seminar Presentations

Atkinson, Paul and Rebecca Strating. “Fragmented Publics and the Waning of Cosmopolitanism” Conference Paper. Contemporary Publics: International Symposium. 24-25 February, 2014, Deakin University (abstract is currently in review for a book collection arising from the conference).

Atkinson, Paul and Michelle Duffy. “Unnatural Movements: Modernism’s Shaping of Intimate Relations in Stravinsky’s Le sacre du printemps.” AMSN Symposium 2012: Modernism, Intimacy and Emotion, 6–7 February 2012, Sydney.

“Why pause?: The Fine Line Between Reading and Contemplation.” Joint International Conference of Graphic Novels, Bandes dessinées and Comics. Manchester Metropolitan University: 5-6 July, 2011.

“The Graphic Novel as Metafiction.” The New Narrative? Comics in Literature, Film, and Art. University of Toronto, May 2008.

“Technology and the Vision of Utopia.” Imagining the Future: Utopia, Dystopia and Science Fiction. Monash University, December 2005.

“The Time of Articulation: Bergson’s Philosophy of Art.” Art and Time. Australian National University, November 2005.

“The Time of Heroes: The Still Image and the Construction of an Epic Past in Miracleman.Holy Men in Tights. Melbourne University, June 2005.

“The Movement of Dissolution: Bergson and the Aesthetics of Durational Difference.” Sensorium. Melbourne University, June 2005.

With Simon Cooper. “Comic Books after 9/11.” HUMCASS Seminar Series, Monash University, semester 2, 2006.

With Sue Yell. “Affect, Time and the Enunciative Body.” HUMCASS Seminar Series, Monash University, semester 1, 2006.

“The Irreversibility of Irreversible: Material, Phenomenological and Narrative Irreversibility in Film Time.” HUMCASS Seminar Series, Monash University, semester 2, 2005.

“Outlining the Limits of a Bergsonian Science.” Critique Today, Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference, Macquarie University, December, 2004.

“Is there Anything Living beneath the Surface?” Australasian Society for Process Thought conference. November, 2001.

“Flexible Surfaces/Flexible Concepts: Between Science and Metaphysics.”  Bergson and the Social Sciences Conference, Northumberland, UK, April, 2000.

“The Surface of Time.” Topologies. Australasian Society for Continental Philosophyconference, July, 1997

“Process Epistemology in the Work of Henri Bergson.” Australasian Society for Process Thought conference, May, 1997.

“The Theory of Formative Causation: Peirce, Sheldrake, Bergson.”  Time and Memory. Australasian Society for Continental Philosophyconference, September, 1996.

“The Logic of Solid Bodies.”  Paper given at the Australasian Society for Phenomenology and Social Philosophy conference, September, 1997.

“Bergson’s Theory of Perception.” Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies seminar series, July, 1995.

“The Pragmatics of Perception.”  Centre for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, September, 1994.

 

 

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My research operates across a range of disciplines, most prominently those of cinema studies, communications, visual culture, philosophy and aesthetics, but despite this variety it is underpinned by common theoretical interest in theories of temporality.  One of the key aims of my published worked is to explore the relationship between media types – principally visual media – in terms of their temporal differences.  This has led to an examination of how movement is constituted in communication and forms the basis for understanding the affordances of each medium.  Theories of corporeality and affect form an important part of recent research into time and movement and in future research this will be mapped onto digital technologies.

Published articles explore a range of topics including Bergson’s vitalism, cinema and foreseeability, time and recognition, communicating affect, futurism, modern dance and the implied movement in still images. I am currently working on a book that explores the relationship between processual theories of time and aesthetics and involves the examination of the importance of rates of change in understanding how the visual surface is constituted in different media.

Theses

PhD: Bordering Duration: The Shifting Surfaces of Materiality and Corporeality in Bergson’s Writings on Science. 2004.

Honours: Taking the Comic out of Comic Books. 1992

Journal Editorial

Paul was a member of the editorial committee on two issues (38.3 and 40.2) of the Melbourne based media journal Southern Review.  He is also the co-editor of issue 40.3 on the subject of Testimonial Limits.

Conference Organisation

1997 conference for the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy “Topologies.”

1996 conference for the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy “Time and Memory.”

1994 workshop “When Worlds Collide: Science Fiction meets Theory.”

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School of Media, Film and Journalism

Lecturer

Dr Paul Atkinson teaches communications in the School of Media, Film and Journalism (MFJ).  He has lectured and researched in a wide range of areas including critical theory, media studies, cinema studies, visual aesthetics, gender studies, French philosophy and communications.