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Visible Evidence 18

August 11-14, 2011

New York University, New York City

Visible Evidence, the international conference on documentary film and media, now in its 18th year, will convene August 11-14, 2011 in New York City. Hosted by the Department of Cinema Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University, Visible Evidence 18 will address the history, theory, and practice of documentary and non-fiction cinema, television, video, audio recording, digital media, photography, and performance, in a wide range of panels, workshops, plenary sessions, screenings, and special events. Proposed panels and presentations may address any aspect of documentary and non-fiction film, media, and performance; special threads and themes may include: Life During Wartime; Archiving, Preservation, and the Material of Actuality and Documentary; Talking Heads and Other Documentary Sounds; Radical/Experimental New York; and Transnational Cities.

Guidelines and Deadlines: Panels will consist of three papers of no more than 20 minutes each. Workshops will consist of between four and six opening statements, in which workshop leaders can present up to thirty minutes collectively of prepared or informal material. Panels and workshops may be preconstituted, either through individual solicitation or public calls.

For the first time, Visible Evidence will use a bulletin board system to help prospective participants identify co-panelists. Panel and workshop calls may be posted publicly until December 15, 2010 in the Panels and Workshops Forums area of the VE18 website ( Chairs of proposed panels and workshops must accept proposals until January 1, 2011. Chairs should notify prospective participants as to whether their proposals will be included in the final proposal by January 8, 2011. Proposals for preconstituted panels, workshops, and individual papers for the open call must be submitted for consideration at the Submission area of the VE18 website ( by midnight, January 15, 2011.

Panel and workshop proposals should include a descriptive title, panel/workshop rationale (250-300 words), abstracts by each panelist or workshop leader (250-300 words each), and brief biographies including history of VE participation for the workshop chair and workshop leaders. Individual paper proposals should include a descriptive title, abstract (250-300 words), and a brief bio. Only one proposal will be accepted from each participant.