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Paul Ward <[log in to unmask]>
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Fri, 1 Dec 2006 06:57:33 -0600
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NB the deadline and contact details for this forthcoming conference on 
Documentary. Please contact Dr. Michael Wayne ([log in to unmask]) 
if you have any questions about the conference, or wish to submit a 
proposal for a paper or panel

Please forward this to anyone else or any other lists you think might be 
interested in the event - scholars, filmmakers, researchers, 
activists . . . 



A Conference on the Contemporary Context and 
Possibilities for the Documentary Genre 


Birkbeck College, Malet Street, London 

Dates: Saturday April 14th & Sunday April 15th 2007 
9am-5pm both days

This conference, sponsored by Brunel University, aims to bring together 
scholars, filmmakers and interested members of the public to discuss 
current trends in documentary practice, from the return of documentary as a 
theatrical box office phenomenon, to broadcast television and beyond. It 
will explore questions of industry, audiences, aesthetics, documentary 
theory, questions of political engagement, documentary's relationship to 
the mainstream media and other issues. 


- John Pilger (TBC) 
- Michael Chanan, University of the West of England (Keynote) 
- Thomas Austin, University of Sussex 
- Ishmahil Blagrove Jr. (RiceNPeas, Independent Producer; 
- Ken Fero (co-dir 'Injustice' (GB, 2001)) 
- Derek Paget (University of Reading)
- Brian Winston (University of Lincoln; general editor of 'Nonfictions', a 
new book series from Wallflower Press)


- Documentary and the public sphere 
- Documentary in the 21st century (new modes and hybrids, new technologies 
such as internet, phones, podcasting etc). 
- The changing TV climate for documentary 
- Documentary audiences. 
- The renaissance in theatrically-released documentary. 
- Questions of 'authorship' in relation to recent documentary. 
- New challenges for documentary distribution and exhibition 
- Documentary in the post-9/11 and post-7/7 political world. 
- New types of drama-documentary/the relationship between fiction and non-
- Documentary and investigative journalism. 
- Censorship, regulation and 'fair dealing'/copyright issues; documentary 
and the law. 

If you would like to give a 20 minute paper at the conference OR send 
proposals for pre-constituted themed panels of 3 people, please send 
proposals to [log in to unmask] 

The deadline for proposals is Friday, January 26th, 2007. 


80 for two days or 45 per day. 

Students/unwaged/ 25 for two days or 15 per day. Payments by cheque or 
credit/debit card should be made out to 'Brunel University'. 


Download a booking form here:

General enquiries about the conference:

Sue Ramus 
School of Arts 
Brunel University 
UB8 3PH 
Tel: 01895 266569 
Email: [log in to unmask] 


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