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Call for Papers
The Documentary Tradition:
Contemporary Documentary Maker â€“ Morgan Spurlock
The Documentary Tradition - 2006 Film and History Conference
Dallas, Texas, United States
8thâ€“12th November 2006
Deadline now extended to 15th August 2006
The Documentary Tradition and its many permutations will be the topic of the
Fall, 2006 Film and History Conference.
Proposals are now being accepted for The Documentary Tradition looking
specifically at the contemporary documentary maker Morgan Spurlock.
Listed below are some suggestions for possible proposals, but all other
perspectives and aspects will be considered.
Â· Semiotics and bodily secretions/emissions
Â· The aesthetic of the â€˜realâ€™ body
Â· The myth of the healthy body
Â· Spurlock: Saviour or glory-seeker?
Â· The impact of the Reality TV form on Spurlockâ€™s work.
Â· The filmmaker as subject.
Â· Notions of â€˜truthâ€™ and â€˜realityâ€™ imbedded in the Documentary
Â· Documentary as social/political reform.
Â· Reflections on American culture and its global effects as
portrayed in Spurlockâ€™s work.
Â· Documentary and cinema
Â· Narrativisation of the real
This area is part of Film & History's 2006 "The Documentary Tradition"
conference. The conference will be held November 8-12, 2006, at the Dolce
Conference Center in Dallas, TX, near the DFW airport. D.A. Pennebaker and Chris
Hegedus will be featured artists at the conference. Plenary sessions will be
conducted by Raymond Fielding, author of â€œThe American Newsreel: A Complete
History,â€ and Betsy McLane, co-author of â€œA New History of Documentary Film.â€
Sessions will also be held with Allen Mondell and Cynthia Salzman Mondell,
documentary filmmakers with oeuvre devoted to the ethnic experience in America and
the experience of women (www.mediaprojects.org), and Glenn Marcus and
historians who researched â€œMarch of the Bonus Armyâ€ for PBS. In addition, James
Welsh, Editor (Emeritus) of the Literature/Film Quarterly will chair a special
session of film journal editors to talk with participants about publication
opportunities and goals. Aspiring authors will meet living, breathing human
beings from the L/F Quarterly; the Historical Journal of Film, Radio, and TV,
Film & History; Post Script; Journal of Popular Film and TV; in addition,
there will be book publishers seeking manuscripts.
Please email or post abstracts of approx 250 words to the address below:
Area Chair: Morgan Spurlock
30 Atherley Road
To view full details of The Documentary Tradition, 2006 Film and History
Conference please visit http://www.filmandhistory.org.
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