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Call for papers: "Visible Evidence XX"

Published on 21 December, 2012

Organized by the Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University, in collaboration with the Royal Library, Filmform The Stockholm Archive of Art Film and Video, and the Swedish Film Institute, August 15-18, 2013

Conference background:

In 1990, a group of American scholars were provoked by the marginalization of documentary in the scholarly field of film studies. Their initiative for an international conference series resulted in Visible Evidence, first organized in 1993 by Jane Gaines at Duke University. In concert with this initiative appeared a number of influential books, such as Representing Reality (Bill Nichols, 1991), Blurred Boundaries (Bill Nichols, 1994), Theorizing Documentary (Michael Renov, ed., 1993), and Claiming the Real: The Griersonian Documentary and its Legitimations (Brian Winston, 1995). Ever since, these volumes have been followed by related and complementary work in the growing academic field of documentary studies. The annual event of Visible Evidence (http://www.visibleevidence.org) has infused and keeps on inspiring the cross-disciplinary research on documentary film and media. The conferences have also encouraged and provided an important dialog between scholars and filmmakers, including opportunities for practitioners to screen new films and to present work in progress.

The international importance of Visible Evidence is remarkable, as a travelling conference that moves across the globe, this year to take place in Canberra, Australia (December 19-21, 2012), co-hosted by the Australian National University and the National Film and Sound Archive (http://hrc.anu.edu.au/visibleevidencexix).

The upcoming conference:

The 2013 edition of Visible Evidence – its 20th anniversary! - will convene August 15- 18 in Stockholm, hosted by the Department of Media Studies, Stockholm University, and organized in collaboration with the Royal Library, Filmform The Stockholm Archive of Art Film and Video, and the Swedish Film Institute. In line with the previous conferences, Visible Evidence XX will address the history, theory, and practice of documentary cinema, television, video, audio recording, digital media, photography, and performance.

Call for papers:

For the full list of conference themes and topics, download the cfp here.

Please submit your proposal before January 31, 2013. We will make sure to have a conference website by the beginning of January, where you may submit your proposal in a submission area by filling in a form. For questions regarding VE XX: Conference assistant Sofia Bull and organizer Malin Wahlberg will receive your e-mails at the following address: vexx2013@ims.su.se.

 

The Stockholm Conference Committee:

Malin Wahlberg (Department of Media Studies, Section for Cinema Studies/Stockholm University)

Anu Koivunen (Department of Media Studies, Section for Cinema Studies/Stockholm University)

Patrik Sjöberg (Cinema Studies/Karlstad University)

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