Wednesday, December 05, 2012

CFP: Theorizing Character in Documentary (Visible Evidence XX)


I have decided to submit to Visible Evidence this year and am interested in proposing a panel. Let me know if you are interested.

Call for papers
Proposed panel for Visible Evidence XX (Stockholm, August 15-18, 2013)

Theorizing Character in Contemporary Nonfiction
To further one of the conference themes of “Affect, Agency, and Social Mobilization” I am proposing a panel theorizing “character” (as an idea, a narrational device, a conceptual category) in documentary film, with an emphasis on contemporary documentary. This may cover a number of areas: character driven documentary, "new documentary," reality TV, or any relevant strain in contemporary nonfiction. I've included the conference CFP below for guidance.

If interested, please contact me at ccagle AT temple DOT edu. The conference deadline is end of January, but I'd like to hear from anyone interested within the next month, by January 5, in order to gauge interest and to let everyone plan accordingly.

From the Conference call:
Affect, Agency and Social Mobilization
In Recording Reality, Desiring the Real (2011), Elizabeth Cowie defines the documentary as “an embodied storytelling that, while a narrativizing of reality in images and sounds, engages us with the actions and feelings of social actors, like characters in fiction”. Highlighting the importance of emotional engagement with the seen, Cowie proposes a return to the concept of identification in order to understand how, as “a matter of knowledge” “we must identify with facts and recognize their meanings”. Inspired by Cowie and others’ approaches to “documentary desire”, we propose, for Visible Evidence XX, a special attention to the consequences of the interdisciplinary affective turn, or die Wende zur Emotion, for the study of documentary cinema.
While inviting further theorizing of documentary viewing beyond problematic dualisms between rational understanding and emotional response, the affective turn in cinema and media studies also occasions a rethinking of the debates around instrumentalization of affect. It urges to re-examine the legacies of ‘committed documentary’ and, more broadly, the variety of affective rhetoric (from melodrama, to shock, trauma and spectacle) in documentary practices and, conversely, uses of documentary for mobilizing affect. Whereas historical studies of affective mobilization often have focused on state propaganda, we especially encourage investigations of historical and contemporary cases of mobilizing affect for political agency and social activism. These may include the extensive, ubiquitous documentation of ongoing social and political actions, movements and insurrections as well as the uses of documentary practices to articulate contemporary and historical structures of feeling: experiences of injury, hurt and violence, vulnerability and precariousness. This occasions, furthermore, investigations of affective strategies for preventing engagement as identification.


Sunday, December 02, 2012

Conference Calendar: 2013 edition

I thought I'd collect the current info I have on upcoming conferences. Please feel free to contact me with additions, and I'll update and repost as appropriate.

Closed calls:
MLA -  Boston, Jan 3-6, 2013
CAA - New York, Feb 13-16, 2013
Society for Cinema Studies - Chicago, Mar 6-10, 2013
ICA - London, June 17-21, 2013

Current calls:
Due Date: December 10, 2012 Society for Animation Studies - Los Angeles, June 23 - 27, 2013 [website | call]
Due Date: December 10, 2012 Expanding Cinema: Spatial Dimensions of Film Exhibition, Aesthetics, and Theory - Yale University, New Haven February 15-16, 2013 [call]
Due Date: December 17, 2012 BAFTSS Conference (British Association of Film, Television and Screen Studies) - University of Lincoln, England, April 19-21, 2013 [website]
Due Date: January 1, 2013 Screenwriting Research Network International Conference - Madison, Wisconsin, August 20 – 22, 2013 [website]
Due Date: January 10, 2013 Console-ing Passions - De Montfort University, Leicester, England, June 23-25, 2013 [website]
Due Date: January 11, 2013 Screen Studies Conference - Glasgow, Scotland, June 28-30, 2013. Theme: "Cosmopolitan Screens" [website]
Due Date: January 31, 2013 NECS Conference (European Network for Cinema and Media Studies) - Prague, June 20-22, 2013 Theme: "Media Politics ‒ Political Media" [website]
Due Date: January 31, 2013 Visible Evidence XX - Stockholm, Sweden, August 15-18, 2013 [website | call]
Due Date: January 31, 2013 UFVA (University Film/Video Association) Chapman University, Orange County, CA, July 29 to August 3, 2013 Theme: “Story First” [website]
Due Date (rolling): March 1, 2013 Media in Transition - MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, May 3-5, 2013 Theme: "Public Media, Private Media" [website]
Due Date: March 18, 2013 London Film and Media Conference, June 27-29, 2013 Theme: "The Pleasures of the Spectacle" [website]