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Bella Honess Roe <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 2 Mar 2010 15:51:43 +0000
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Apologies for cross-posting.

Please see below for a cfp for a panel I am chairing on animated documentary at this year's Visible Evidence conference (9th - 12th August in Istanbul -

Please submit a 300-word proposal with author bio to [log in to unmask] by 12th March

Documentary-animation hybrids have existed since the early days of cinema.  The last twenty to thirty years, however, have seen a boom in the production of this type of non-fiction and the breadth of examples continues to widen as animation is used in a variety of contexts  from recovering a traumatic past in Waltz with Bashir, to reconstructing history in Battle 360, and expressing subjective states of mind in Animated Minds.  Recently, the form has been gaining increasing attention from critics and scholars, as demonstrated by the rising number of papers on animated documentary at documentary and animation conferences worldwide, and it feels as if this topic is on the cusp of becoming a key area of documentary studies.

This panel proposes to contribute to the growing scholarly dialogue around animated documentaries by going beyond merely remarking at their existence or marvelling at how opposites attract.  This panel will interrogate fundamental questions raised by the convergence of animation and documentary and address how this challenges some of the foundational assumptions regarding documentary.  In particular, issues regarding epistemology, aesthetics, ethics and audience affect are thrown into new relief through the animation of documentary.

Potential paper topics could include:
-       The history of the convergence of animated documentary
-       Animating subjective states of minds and personal experience
-       Documenting unseen and unwitnessable events
-       CGI animation and natural history and science documentaries
-       Indexicality and iconicity
-       The significance of sound in animated documentary
-       The ethics of animated documentary
-       Processes of production
-       The relationship between animation technique/ style and content

Dr. Bella Honess Roe
Lecturer - Film Studies
Department of Dance, Film and Theatre
University of Surrey
Surrey GU2 7XH
+44 (0)1483 683049

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