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Message posted on 15/11/2018

Fwd: Call for papers- Expanding the Frame: Ethnographic Film and its Others

The 16th RAI Film Festival will take place 27-30 March 2019 at the
Watershed in Bristol (UK). Alongside this, the Royal Anthropological
Institute is pleased to announce an accompanying conference:

Expanding the Frame: Ethnographic Film and its Others

The call for papers is now open until 06 January 2019:

You can either submit a paper to a specific panel (
https://raifilm.org.uk/list-of-panels/) or you can submit an independent
paper that responds to the theme of the conference as outlined here below.


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 papers 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 papers on any aspect of the topic, whether theoretical or

Amongst the possible (but not restricted to) areas which may be considered

– 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.


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