Vocal Projections: Documentary and the Voice, Symposium at University of Surrey (UK) September 19, 2014

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Maria Pramaggiore, National University of Ireland Maynooth & Bella Honess Roe, University of Surrey

September 19, 2014 – University of Surrey (Guildford, UK)

Keynote speaker: Dr. Patrick Sjöberg (Karlstadt University, Sweden)

Despite a renewed interest in documentary in the last several decades, scholars have yet to fully account for the ways in which the human voice figures as a complex and potentially ambiguous element within the audiovisual landscape. Documentary scholarship has tended to emphasize the documentary film image and its indexical relationship to reality. When it has been discussed, the human voice has been figured in primarily rhetorical terms as an element that reinforces or undermines the visual truth claims of documentary.

This symposium seeks to address this gap in documentary scholarship by exploring connections among the voice, the body, the visual image and issues of rhetoric, affect, politics, materiality, and performance.

Proposals are sought on any topic related to the human voice in documentary film, television, video, digital media, photography and performance.

Panels will consist of 3 speakers, each delivering a 20-minute paper. Workshops will consist of 4-5 speakers who will collectively present for 30 minutes. We invite proposals for pre-constituted panels and workshops.

Please submit name, affiliation, short bio, and 300-word abstracts to vocalprojections@gmail.com by 1 May 2014. We will inform participants by 1 June.

Bella Honess Roe (Lecturer in Film Studies, University of Surrey, UK)
Maria Pramaggiore (Professor and Head of Media Studies, NUI Maynooth, Ireland)