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Thursday, 1 March 2012

CALL – for papers for Documentary and the Environment Symposium

University of Surrey
14 September  2012

Deadline for proposals: 29 June 2012

The third in the series ‘Documentary and …’ hosted by the Film Studies programme at the University of Surrey. The ‘Documentary and …’ series seeks to explore the conjunction of the documentary project with the worlds it encounters and the practical and conceptual modifications these combinations bring.

The first decades of the twenty-first century have seen a consistent flow of environmental documentary films, which have managed to gain attention beyond special interest groups.  This one-day event aims to explore the emergence or perhaps resurgence of this documentary subgenre. How have documentary filmmakers worked with the concepts of the environment and environmental awareness?  What are the ethics and aesthetics of environmental documentary filmmaking?  How do theories of documentary, ecology, and the theorisation of environmental politics interact?  How do audiences respond to environmental documentaries?

The organisers invite speakers and contributors working on documentary film and non-fiction media as well as on the intersection of documentary with environmental education, environmental communication, and environmental psychology to respond to these questions.


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