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Call For Panels: Expanding the Frame: Ethnographic Film and its Others

Updated: Oct 27, 2020

CALL FOR PANELS (Deadline September 30, 2019)

As part of the 16th RAI Film Festival taking place from the 27-30 March 2019, the Royal Anthropological Film Festival has announced an accompanying conference, Expanding the Frame: Ethnographic Film and its Others.

Despite decades of trying, anthropologists have not managed to come to any settled agreement on what ethnographic film is or should be. Rather than being chained to the “classics” or a “canon”, anthropological filmmakers and ethnographic filmmaking have instead pushed for new approaches. These approaches continue to blur any presumed boundaries of the field. Increasingly, ethnographic film has sought to position itself in productive relationships alongside fellow travellers, including:

indigenous, diasporic, intercultural, African/black cinemas and experimental/art film

We invite panels that explore the boundaries of ethnographic film.

The aim of this conference is to provoke reflection on the relationship between ethnographic film and other filmmaking endeavours that are – or have the potential to be – constructive critical interlocutors. To what extent can ethnographic film practice creatively engage with other film traditions yet still retain its scholarly roots and aims? Does it need to?

The RAI welcomes panels on any aspect of the topic, whether theoretical or ethnographic. Amongst the possible (but not restricted to) areas which may be considered are:

– Recent debates on the relation between ethnographic film and cinematic traditions such as indigenous, diasporic, intercultural, African/black cinemas and experimental/art film – Decolonizing documentary/ethnographic film – Collaborative research and filmmaking practices – Virtual & Augmented Reality, 360° filmmaking, interactive documentary and their affordances – Intellectual ownership, copyright and authorship – Digital and infrastructural divides – Non-representational theories and practices – Indigenous broadcasting/media and anthropology – Global indigenous movements – Indigenous, ethnic, and minority identities and film – Film as performance, event and process – Audience reception, film festivals and distribution practices

It is the intention of the organisers that this conference be integrated with the Festival, meaning that conference delegates will have the opportunity to attend the screenings, as well as speak at the conference.

Proposals for panels should be made by 30 September 2018 by filling out the online form:

The call for papers will then open on 15 November 2018 and close on 13 January 2019.

Please direct any questions or queries to Caterina Sartori (RAI Film Officer):

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