March 5-7, 2009
Abstract Deadline: November 21, 2008 (send to firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alexandra Juhasz, Professor of Media Studies,
Juhasz is the author of essential books in film studies like AIDS TV: Identity, Community and Alternative Video and Women of Vision: Histories in Feminist Media and influential articles on feminism, film theory and documentary, as well as a prominent maker of many documentaries, including Video Remains (2005), Dear Gabe (2003) and WE CARE: A Video for Careproviders of People Affected by AIDS (1990).
Scott MacDonald, Visiting Professor of Film History,
MacDonald is a historian of the American avant-garde and the author of the landmark series A Critical Cinema: Interviews with Independent Filmmakers. He has also authored three books on institutions that have kept alternative cinema alive: the companion volumes Cinema 16: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society and Art in Cinema: Documents Toward a History of the Film Society and the recent Canyon Cinema: The Life and Times of an Independent Film Distributor.
Other recent books include The Garden in the Machine: A Field Guide to Independent Films about Place and the forthcoming Cinema As Exploration: Essays/Interviews.
Organized by graduate students in the Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature at the
readings (i.e. reading avant-garde films as documentary, non-fiction film as avant-garde, etc.)
• Studies of experimental documentaries, including self-reflexive documentaries,
historiographically engaged experimental films, experimental ethnographies and essay films,
and/or the works of a particular filmmaker (Rouch, Marker, Berliner, Godmilow, etc.)
• Histories of intersections in production, distribution and exhibition
• Histories of the institutional categories, their intersections, and/or permutations
• Discussions of alternative media practices and mixed programs
Creative presentations and panels are also encouraged. To propose a panel, send the panel or session title, a brief description of the theme, names of participants, and abstract for each presentation. To propose a paper, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words and a short CV by November 21, 2008 to email@example.com or send to David Harvey, Department of Cinema and Comparative Literature, E210 AJB,