Paul Atkinson’s research follows three main lines:
- the relationship between materiality and corporeality in Henri Bergson’s writings on science, with particular emphasis on the relationship between immanent change and extended movement;
- the relationship between aesthetics and time, and
- time and visual narration in comics books, painting and film.
Published articles explore a range of topics including Bergson’s vitalism, cinema and foreseeability, time and recognition, the durational limits of affect, futurism, 9/11 comics and the implied movement in still images. The latter involves the analysis of the structural properties of comic books and graphic novels. He is currently working on a series of articles that explore the relationship between processual theories of time, aesthetics and narrative. This involves the examination of the importance of rates of change in understanding how the visual surface is conceived in different media.
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
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.
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.”