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The Third Annual VISIBLE EVIDENCE Conference will be held at the
Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts at Harvard University from:
 
              Thursday-Sunday, 17-20 August 1995.
 
For those who haven't attended past conferences, VISIBLE EVIDENCE is
committed to a unique format: it is a small event (twelve non-
competing, 3-person panels) with much time devoted to dialogue and
exchange among the attendees. There are also screenings of
independent films and videos. The conference is meant to foster
productive interdisciplinary cross-talk as well as promote exchanges
among scholars, teachers and makers.
 
Future mailings will include information on housing, registration
fees and special events. The following are the dates to remember for
those interesed in participating:
 
1)  Feb. 15 -- Deadline for panel proposals
    Panel prop. should be brief (250-500 words) and should include a
short bibliography and some evidence of the proposer's expertise in
the research area.
    Mail to:    Michael Renov/Patty Zimmermann
                School of Cinema-TV
                University of Southern California
                Los Angeles, CA 90089-2211
                Fax: 213 740-9471
                e-mail: [log in to unmask]
 
This first call is for panel proposals only. Paper proposals will not
be accepted at this time.
 
2)  April 15 -- Deadline for paper proposals
    Mail to: Panel chairs, yet to be determined. The announcement of
panel and chairs will be made at the Society for Cinema Studies
conference in New York, 2-5 March 1995, and by mail thereafter.
 
3)  June 15-- Screening proposals
        Mail to: Gerald o'Grady
        W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research
        Harvard University
        26 Church St.
        Cambridge, MA 02138
        Fax: 617 496-8547
 
The following is a list of potential topics. We emphasize that panel
proposals need not conform to these suggestions. They are offered as
indications of some of the most promising and/or under-researched
directions of inquiry in the field of nonfiction media studies.
 
1)  Economic and institutional histories of documentary
2)  Non-western documentary practices
3)  Indigenous media
4)  New ethnographies: documenting selves and others
5)  Race, identities and documentary practice
6)  Documentary historiography
7)  The history of documentary technology
8)  Documentary and the lournalistic tradition
9)  Documenting queerness
10) Bazin reconsidered
11) The photographic real
12) Philosophical critiques of "nonfiction" definitions and models
13) Documentary precursors
14) Fantasies of reality and virtuality
15) Documenting the wars of the NEW WORLD ORDER: Bosnia, Somalia,
    Haiti, reproductive rights, etc.
 
    We actively invite the participation of scholars from fields
other than film and TV studies: anthropology, communications,
engineering, fine arts, law, literature, medicine, sociology, etc..
 
---GGG