SCMS 2015 Panel CFP: Documenting the Different Body
Society for Cinema and Media Studies 2015 Panel CFP (Montreal, Canada): Documenting the Different Body
As new modes of technology and distribution enable more groups to convey their stories across a multitude of media platforms, depictions of different bodies are gaining visibility but still remain marginalized. This panel seeks to consider the various strategies and approaches that documentaries have employed to incorporate underrepresented, disenfranchised, or non-normative bodies and the potential ethical, epistemological, and economic dimensions behind these decisions. It also aims, in part, to identify the thorny power differentials between subjects and filmmakers that can negotiate subjects' appearances, acknowledge the physical risks that can endanger the bodies of the documentarian and crew during production, and ask how these growing archives of alternative images function (or fail) to critique mainstream portrayals. Papers may wish to engage such issues within a specific contemporary or older documentary or set of documentaries, examine an arc of representation of corporeality across a historical period, or provide a cross-cultural comparison.
Categories of bodily representations in documentary film, television, and new media to consider include (but are not limited to):
Queer and alternative sexualities
Transgender and diverse gender identities
Racial and ethnic difference
The aging and infirm
Physical and mental illness
Non-normative shapes and sizes
The financially insecure and homeless
Refugees, war survivors, and veterans
The cyber and virtual
Paper proposals should include a title, abstract (about 300 words), 3-5 bibliographic sources, author bio (about 100 words), and email address. Please send proposals to Daniel Grinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 5, 2014. All proposals will receive responses by August 10.