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Past, Present & Future

Call For Papers

The growing popularity of documentaries produced in traditional film and televisual formats, as well as those designed for web distribution provokes critical discussions on all aspects of contemporary world documentary practices, including representations, production, distribution, audience, and modes of filming.

This conference welcomes original presentation proposals on historical and contemporary documentary film & TV practices coming from both western and non-western cultures. We invite papers from academics and film/media practitioners that fall into one of the following two categories:

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Category One

Globalisation & The Contemporary Film Practice

We are particularly interested in papers illuminating the relationship between the processes of globalisation and the documentary genre, where documentarians cross political, cultural, social, and national borders to comment on individual or collective effects of late western capitalism’s expansion.

We encourage analyses of documentary productions that focus on tensions surrounding the global & the local, displacement, migrations, diasporas, terrorism, transnational cities, global politics, economy, tourism & environment.

Here the correlation between globalisation and documentary can be approached from the perspective of film content/subject matter, film form, or production and promotion processes.

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Category Two

Retrospective Discovery

To contribute to the existing scholarly body of work, this conference also aims to engage in a critical debate on those documentary cultures and filmmakers, which until recently rarely attracted the attention of Anglophone film criticism.

We are interested in retrospective analyses of film & television documentaries from/about such regions as Eastern Europe, South-East Asia, Africa, India, South America, Middle East & Australia. Proposed papers may explore the national, diasporic, or outsider/traveller’s films and television documentary works.

Those speakers who wish to present research analyses probing the history of western/English language documentaries are welcome to study unexplored filmmakers/subjects, or discuss original approaches to films that have been previously examined in academic writing.

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Critical Frameworks

Suggested, but not exclusive critical frameworks may cut across:

  • Film & TV industrial contexts (distribution channels & funding)
  • Changing modes of world documentary filmmaking
  • Film studies: aesthetics, representations & visual experimentations
  • Film reception and audience studies
  • Transnational and world cinema
  • Environmental studies
  • Representing communities/community filmmaking
  • Political activism/political protest
  • Digital media studies (transmedia, multiplatform & interactivity)
  • Culture studies
  • Translating cultures
  • Anthropology/ethnography
  • Gender studies
  • Nationality studies
  • Sociology (social change studies and minority studies)
  • History
  • Politics
  • Ethics

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Proposal submission deadline: 30 May 2014 (Friday)

World Documentary Film & TV Conference Call for Papers closed on 30 May 2014.