¡Documentary Now!

A Conference on the Contemporary Contexts and Possibilities of the Documentary

Dates: Friday 28 January and Saturday 29 January 2011

Conference Location: Westminster University, 309 Regent Street

¡Documentary Now! brings together scholars, filmmakers, students, and interested members of the public to discuss current trends in documentary film, from the return of documentary as a theatrical box office phenomenon, to broadcast television, the web, and beyond. It explores questions of industry, audiences, aesthetics, political engagement, documentary’s relationship to the mainstream media and other many other issues. What’s new in documentary? Where is documentary headed?

Keynote speakers to include:
John Akomfrah (subject to confirmation)

The next edition will include a focus on music and sound in the documentary.
Other possible themes will be:

  • Sound and Voice
  • Genre and Documentary
  • Soundtrack, Affect
  • Noise and Silence
  • Image/Sound relations
  • The Overheard, the Unseen
  • Place, Space and Locative Media
  • Still/Moving Images
  • The City (Symphony)
  • Migration and Globalisation
  • Co-productions
  • Documentary Festivals
  • Animation and Documentary

If you would like to give a 20 minute paper at the conference OR send proposals for themed panels of 3-4 people, please send proposals (including 500 word abstracts of papers) to: Michael Chanan (m.chanan(at)roehampton.ac.uk) AND Alisa Lebow (asl36(at)earthlink.net)

The deadline for proposals is Friday, 15 October 2009.

There is no fee for attendance but registration is required. A charge will be
made for lunch on Saturday (optional).

¡Documentary Now! is supported by Roehampton University, Brunel University, and the Lincoln Chair of Communications

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