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Message posted on 14/09/2020

Call for Papers for RAI Film Festival Conference 2021

Call for Papers for RAI Film Festival Conference 2021

(deadline: 15 November 2020)


Following our call for panels, we have accepted a line-up of 26 open panels that are looking for paper contributors. We have now opened the call for individual papers submissions for these panels. Please browse the list of panels and submit your paper proposal at this link:


The RAI Film Festival conference (25-28 March 2021) will feature papers from those working in the fields of visual anthropology, ethnographic film and adjacent disciplines.

Our broad theme is 'creative engagement with crisis'. At the present moment crises appear to be everywhere - whether they be health, ecological, climatic, social, industrial, political, collective or personal. Whilst Covid-19 has catapulted us into an unprecedented global situation, anthropologists have been grappling with crises of various kinds and magnitudes well before this moment.

We therefore invite you to reflect on the notion of crises and the creative engagements they engender. How are the communities that visual anthropologists research with responding to the crises of our times? How might research work in film and related media help us to move beyond the disruption and despair to renew and rethink visual and sensory anthropology? What is the place of creativity, resilience, agency and hope in these responses?

Please note that due to the ongoing uncertainties around Covid-19 the film festival and the conference will be held online.The conference will be fully integrated into the film festival, and the film festival pass will give full access to all screenings, panels and events. All conference participants must purchase a film festival pass (the pass prices for the online festival will be announced soon, but rest assured that they will be lower than the prices previously advertised).

Best wishes,


Caterina Sartori and Stephen Hughes

Film Officers / Film Festival Directors

The Royal Anthropological Institute

50 Fitzroy Street

London W1T 5BT

tel +44-(0)20-7387 0455




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