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Documentary Studies, Film Studies, American Studies, Communication and Sociology

Call for Papers and Panels

Frederick Wiseman and the Institution Area

2006 Film & History Conference

“The Documentary Tradition”

8-12 November, 2006

Dolce Conference Center – Dallas, TX

Deadline: August 10, 2006

AREA: Frederick Wiseman and the Institution

Frederick Wiseman is one of the most important living documentary filmmakers. His work represents four decades of intimate but demanding examinations of modern institutions in American society. Wiseman has created strictly observational work for much of the second half of the twentieth century while denying the claims of direct cinema to “truth.” This delicate balance between institutional critique and artistic observation has produced historical documents, experiential poetry and a deep influence on the breadth and depth of the documentary tradition. Additionally, formal combinations of documentary observation and realist fictions have become an important in the wake of Wiseman. This area will examine Wiseman’s work, taking his particular institutional emphasis to be significant in many realms. We are inviting submissions on all aspects of the work of Frederick Wiseman.

“Ultimately, Wiseman has showed us that the ultimate institution is life itself, and properly speaking, we should all be institutionalized."--Errol Morris

We encourage (but are not limited to) proposals for either papers or panels on the following topics:

Wiseman and Legal precedents for documentary Wiseman, Institutions and Goffman Wiseman and Queerness Wiseman and the education of deviance Teaching with Wiseman Wiseman: Form and Content Wiseman in contemporary television New institutional documentary: coherence and change from the Wiseman tradition. The Documentary Auteur and Political representations: Wiseman and his contemporaries Contemporary Documentary and the Wiseman Tradition: Filmmakers Speak

The Film and History League conference details can be found at . The Frederick Wiseman Area, comprising multiple panels, is a part of the Film and History League’s “The Documentary Tradition” conference for 2006.

Deadlines for proposals: August 10, 2006

Send inquiries and proposals for papers and panels to:

Dr. Heide Solbrig

Bentley College,

175 Forest Street

Waltham, Ma. 02452-4705

Phone: 617-969-2309

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