Jun 2, 2010

CfE: Documentary and Intimacy symposium, Film Studies, Univ. of Surrey

A one-day symposium hosted by the Film Studies programme at the University of Surrey.

Thursday 16th September

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers that engage with how intimacy is constructed and represented in and through non-fiction visual media. Developments in non-fiction film and media over the last two decades seem to have moved towards techniques and technologies that dissolve the emotional, epistemological and
affective boundaries between those on, in front of, and behind the screen.

From displays of heightened emotions and access to deeply personal events on television to the prevalence of first-person and autobiographical perspectives in artists’ film and the avant-garde, and from mobile screens and cameras to viewer-generated non-fiction narratives, the documentary realm is currently imbued with a sense of closeness and intimacy.

Papers are sought that consider the notion of intimacy as broadly
understood within non-fiction visual media, from the perspective of
both theory and practice.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Privacy and family life
Personal testimony
Autobiography and first-person filmmaking
Cultural and social taboo
Tacit knowledge
Embodied practice
Intimacy as facilitated by new technology and media
Artist practice
Aesthetic and formal strategies
Interactive documentary
Reality television
Current affairs reporting of tragedy and disaster
Historical perspectives on intimacy in non-fiction media

Please email expressions of interest to h.hughes@surrey. ac.uk by 30th June 2010

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