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Annabelle Honess Roe <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 21 May 2008 18:21:33 +0100
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Due to a last minute drop-out, we are looking for another presenter  
for our panel at Visible Evidence in Lincoln this August. You can
find the proposal below, and we are open to wide interpretations of
the panel topic. Feel free to email me ([log in to unmask]) and/or my co-
panelist Patrick Sjoberg ([log in to unmask]) with any questions or
to discuss paper ideas. Due to this being somewhat last-minute, we
are looking to receive proposals as soon as possible - ideally by 31st
May at the latest.
You can find more information about the Visible Evidence conference

Abstraction Absence Animation: Documentary and the Limits of the
Chair: Patrik Sjöberg, PhD, Karlstad University

Throughout the history of documentary film, directors have been coping
and compensating for a lack of material, visual as well as acoustic.
This has not only lead to a wide range of conventions for dealing with
this substantive absence, (for example, all the ways in which
compilation film uses archive material to compensate for the lack of
original filmed material, or the way identities are hidden in
interview sequences), but is has furthermore functioned as a creative
obstacle for documentarists to push the boundaries of what is
representable within the framework of documentary media (think of
Errol Morris’ Thin Blue Line (1988), Jill Godmilow’s Far From Poland
(1984) or the Channel 4 series Animated Minds (2003)). This panel
wishes to discuss the ways in which documentary media negotiates this
tension - between the need to represent and the inability to properly
do so. This not only includes the lack of footage from an event, but
also the difficulties involved in the representation of statistics and
complex processes, emotional states of individuals, general tendencies
within a culture, the passage of time, or philosophical and political
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