CFP: Avant-Garde Films (7/25/06; Film & History, 11/8/06-11/12/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Cheryl Greene
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Call for Papers
The Documentary Tradition
2006 Film and History Conference
November 8-12, 2006
Dallas, TX
Deadline: July 25, 2006

AREA: Avant-garde

"The Documentary Tradition" has a rich history with alternative cinematic
forms. In particular, the avant-garde movement contested traditional forms
of cinema and documentary through critical filmmaking and modernist film
theory regarding the production of film. After WWI, filmmakers stretched
the limits of cinema. Later, artists such as Marie Mencken, Maya Deren,
and Stan Brakhage figure prominently in the historical rise of an
independent American cinema that arose in the period between WWII and
culminated in the 1960's. The early avant-garde cinema interrogated
documentary realism in search of connecting the ways aesthetics and ethics
intertwine in the director's field of vision. Maya Deren commented, "The
form proper of film is, for me, accomplished … so that the reality which
emerges is a new one – one which only film can achieve." Questioning the
film standard of "reality," the avant-garde movement challenged the stark
realism of WWII documentaries, but how did this influence the aesthetics of
the documentary tradition? And as a result what new cinematic forms emerged
out of this cinematic art society?

Possible topics for consideration include, but are not limited to:
    * Anthropological and ethnographic influences
    * Alternative film practices
    * Poetics and the avant-garde
    * American avant-garde filmmakers
    * New Criticism
    * Feminism and avant-garde films
    * Ritual in documentary
    * Ethics, art, and film practices

The Film and History League conference details can be found
at The meeting will run from 8-12 November, 2006
in the Dolce Conference Center near the DFW airport. A spectrum of other
areas will evolve on the web site over time.

Proposals for either individual papers or complete panels (3-4) papers are
welcomed, and submissions may be made in either electronic or hard copy
format. Please send panel proposals and/or 300 word paper abstracts by July
25, 2006, to:

Cheryl Greene, Chair for Avant-garde Area
450 Serra Mall, Margaret Jacks Hall
Building 460, rm. 223
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Phone 650 725-8919
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Film and History Website:

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