CFP - SCMS Panel: Essayistic Sounds
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CFP - SCMS Panel: Essayistic Sounds

CFP: Essayistic Sounds

This panel will focus on the central role played by sound in essayistic media, including nonfiction films and videos as well as digital documentaries, audio documentaries, works of videographic criticism, etc. Whether one reflects on the role of the voice as the registration of a subject’s experience of change; or the aural presence of an immersive environment or nonhuman object or objects encountered in essayistic media; or even the evacuation of sound completely in a moment or series of moments, the use of sound is a useful lens for exploring the essayistic in cinematic and post-cinematic forms. In many ways, the slippery nature of sound fits well with the essayistic as a form of expression in which the self encounters a public experience with uncertain outcomes (following Corrigan's conception). This panel can accommodate a wide range of papers on the use of sound and the essayistic, whether the focus is on essay films from the past or on their legacy in digital media. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

• A consideration of the politics of the essay through the lens of the voice and narration, both in terms of how otherwise repressed life experiences can be heard as well as how a multitude of voices can demonstrate the political limits of the essay;
• An assessment of videographic criticism through the lens of sound, whether one looks at how sound is analyzed in this format or perhaps even the various uses of the scholarly voice; 
• An analysis of the essayistic characteristics of audio documentaries, including podcasting;
• A critical look at “found sound,” or how the essay film incorporates and appropriates archival sounds;
• The intersection between the Latin American tradition of the testimonio and cinematic or digital essay, and how the adaptation of this oral tradition in new technological forms compromises, secures, or unsettles its central qualities;
• Sound as a facilitator of participation in interactive documentary forms (or i-Docs), perhaps as a reference to an expansive world beyond the boundaries of the image.

Please submit a 250-word abstract, 5 Bibliographic sources and a short professional biography to Stephen Charbonneau,, by August 1, 2018.

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