CFP: Visible Evidence XVI

Call for Papers

Visible Evidence XVI
August 13-17, 2009
School of Cinematic Arts
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

Visible Evidence is an international conference that, since 1993, has brought together documentary scholars, artists, producers, curators and enthusiasts to investigate all aspects of documentary practice and culture. The 2009 conference, to be held in Los Angeles at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, will help celebrate the school’s 80th anniversary and the completion of our new state-of-the-art buildings housing multiple screening rooms, production facilities and teaching spaces.

The content of Visible Evidence conferences over the years has been dictated by the prevailing interests of their participants. To that end, there is no “theme” for this year’s conference, no suggested or preferred topics.

With this first call – deadline January 31, 2009 – we invite panel proposals only. These proposals will engage with specific topics and should include a one-paragraph description outlining the significance of the research area inviting submissions from interested parties, a brief bibliography and the chair’s biographical statement in demonstration of expertise on the topic.

A second call will go out in mid-February with a listing of panels and panel chairs. Submissions for papers for specific panels will be sent directly to panel chairs with a March 1 deadline.
By mid-March, panel chairs will have made their selections and informed all applicants. A third call will then go out for “open call” papers with a March 22 deadline. Those whose proposals were not selected in the earlier round can submit their papers for open call panels.

Please note: The conference will also include workshop sessions, screenings and installations as determined by the host committee. The January 31 deadline is for panel proposals only.
Further details on registration fees, housing options and the like will follow.

Send all panel proposals to Michael Renov [renov- AT - usc.edu].

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