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"Lesli W. Cohen V&PA 793-7177" <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 12 Jan 1993 12:02:00 EST
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To all SCREEN-L participants:
I am posting this announcement for a colleague of mine here at Clark
University. You may correspond with me here on the network if you have any
questions, and I will forward them to him. Otherwise, please mail your
proposal directly to him at the address listed at the end of this
Lesli Cohen, Department of Visual & Performing Arts,
Clark University
DOCUMENTING FICTIONS: Documentary Dimensions of the Fiction Film
A Call for Papers
Clark University and the Centre Universitaire de Luxembourg, joined by the
Cinematheque Municipale de Luxembourg, will be hosting a conference devoted to
the theme "Documenting Fictions: Documentary Dimensions of the Fiction Film."
The conference will be held in Luxembourg in late June 1993.
About the Theme
Documentary filmmaking is frequently described as being irreconcilably
different from "classical" narrative filmmaking with respect to its production
practices, the aesthetic dynamics of its texts, and the audience interests
which its films address. Yet some national cinemas, such as Cuba's, have
routinely generated texts mixing documentary and fictive components. Even the
Hollywood cinema includes instances of simulating documentary film style or
promoting films of topical appeal as if they serve an informational function
for audiences. The purpose of the conference is to explore through
theoretical, historical, industrial, and textual studies the fiction film's
intersections with documentary practice. The conference committee is
interested in essays that address topics such as inclusions of documentary
footage within fiction texts, textual appropriations of stylistic traits of
the documentary (such as cinema verite camerawork), films blurring the "line"
between fiction and documentary, considerations of social problems, historical
and topical films as "creative treatments of actuality," vestiges of the
"cinema of attraction" within the classical Hollywood cinema, exhibitor and
distributor promotions of films as documentary viewing experiences,
documentarists working in fiction formats, the limits of fiction's interests
in documentary, etc.
Please mail a 250-word proposal for a 30 to 40 minute presentation to:
Dana Benelli, Coordinator
Documenting Fictions Conference Committee
c/o Department of Visual & Performing Arts -- Screen Studies Program
Clark University, 950 Main Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01610-1477 USA
Deadline for submissions is February 1, 1993. Notification of ten to fifteen
European and American scholars selected as conference participants will take
place by the end of February. The conference plans to assist participants
with the cost of travel to and from Luxembourg. Other individuals interested
in the work of the conference are invited to attend its sessions. It is
anticipated that the papers presented at the conference will subsequently be
published as an anthology.