UPDATE: Frederick Wiseman and the Institution Area (8/10/06; Film & History, 11/8/06-11/12/06)

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Call for Papers and Panels
Frederick Wiseman and the Institution Area
2006 Film & History Conference
“The Documentary Tradition”
8-12 November, 2006
Dolce Conference Center â€" Dallas, TX
Deadline: August 10th, 2006

AREA: Frederick Wiseman and the Institution

Frederick Wiseman is one of the most important living documentary
filmmakers. His work represents four decades of intimate but demanding
examinations of modern institutions in American society. Wiseman has
created strictly observational work for much of the second half of the
twentieth century while denying the claims of direct cinema to “truth.”
This delicate balance between institutional critique and artistic
observation has produced historical documents, experiential poetry and a
deep influence on the breadth and depth of the documentary tradition.
Additionally, formal combinations of documentary observation and realist
fictions have become an important in the wake of Wiseman. This area will
examine Wiseman’s work, taking his particular institutional emphasis to be
significant in many realms. We are inviting submissions on all aspects of
the work of Frederick Wiseman.

“Ultimately, Wiseman has showed us that the ultimate institution is life
itself, and properly speaking, we should all be institutionalized."--Errol

We encourage (but are not limited to) proposals for either papers or panels
on the following topics:
- Wiseman and Legal precedents for documentary
- Wiseman, Institutions and Goffman
- Wiseman and Queerness
- Wiseman and the education of deviance
- Teaching with Wiseman
- Wiseman: Form and Content
- Wiseman in contemporary television
- New institutional documentary: coherence and change from the Wiseman
- The Documentary Auteur and Political representations: Wiseman and his
- Contemporary Documentary and the Wiseman Tradition: Filmmakers Speak

The Film and History League conference details can be found at
www.filmandhistory.org . The Frederick Wiseman Area, comprising multiple
panels, is a part of the Film and History League’s “The Documentary
Tradition” conference for 2006.

Deadlines for proposals: August 10th
Send inquiries and proposals for papers and panels to:

Dr. Heide Solbrig
Bentley College,
175 Forest Street
Waltham, Ma. 02452-4705
Phone: 617-969-2309

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