CFP: Velvet Light Trap Issue 60: Contemporary Documentary (9/15/06; journal issue)

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Ben Aslinger
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Velvet Light Trap
Issue #60 Documentary Now

CFP: Documentaries have undergone significant stylistic, aesthetic,
and representational shifts from early ethnographic films and the
Griersonian tradition to contemporary work by filmmakers as varied as
Trinh T. Minh-ha and Michael Moore. Debates regarding the role of the
documentarian, ethics of production, editing, indexicality, claims to
"truth" and reality, and representations of
race/ethnicity/gender/sexuality/class have altered how audiences and
scholars consider documentaries. Issue 60 of the Velvet Light Trap
continues these dialogues by seeking essays for a special issue on
contemporary documentary. Essays examining debates in documentary
theory and criticism in light of contemporary contexts,
stylistic/textual strategies, changing patterns of distribution and
exhibition, and industrial analyses are particularly encouraged. The
editorial board is especially interested in changes in documentary
theory, practice and criticism from the 1980s-present.

Possible topics for this issue include but are not limited to:

v reality television
v "reality" and hyperreality
v sound style
v music
v documentary and transnational trade/global flows
v social movements and filmmaking
v production models
v audiences and reading formations
v distribution and technology
v indexicality
v technology and/or distribution
v documentary theory
v contemporary politics and documentary
v filmmakers/movements and production philosophy
v editing, style, and aesthetics
v sexual/gender/racial representations
v PBS/BBC/public service documentary style
v News documentary
v Documentaries and education
v Documentaries and film festival circuits
v Distribution
v Cable TV and documentary texts
v Case studies of particular filmmakers (e.g., Wiseman, Morris)
v avant garde/experimental documentary
v animation, internet, and/or new media in documentary texts
v short form documentary
v budgeting and financing
v community organizing around the documentary

To be considered for publication, papers should be between 4,500 and
7,500 words, double-spaced, in MLA style, with the author's name and
contact information included only on the cover page. Queries regarding
potential submissions also are welcome. Authors are responsible for
acquiring related visual images and the associated copyrights. For
more information or to submit a query, please contact Kyle Conway
(, David Resha (, Charlie Michael
(, or Ben Aslinger ( All
submissions are due September 15, 2006.

The Velvet Light Trap is an academic, refereed journal of film and
television studies published semi-annually by University of Texas
Press. Issues are coordinated alternately by graduate students at the
University of Texas-Austin and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
After a prescreening, articles are anonymously refereed by specialist
readers of the journal's Editorial Advisory Board, which includes such
notable scholars as Charles Acland, David William Foster, Sean
Griffin, Bambi Haggins, Heather Hendershot, Charlie Keil, Michele
Malach, Dan Marcus, Nina Martin, Tara McPherson, Walter Metz, Jason
Mittell, James Morrison, Steve Neale, Karla Oeler, Lisa Parks, and
Malcolm Turvey.

Please address submissions to:
Velvet Light Trap
6th Floor, Vilas Communication Hall
821 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

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