Call for Papers for Proposed Panel
Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference - March 6-10, 2013 - Chicago, IL
Panel Subject: Critical Perspectives on Werner Herzog’s Documentaries
This panel explores the documentary practice of Werner Herzog.
Conscious of how the existing criticism has dealt with Herzog’s work, this panel seeks to expand the scholarship on his documentaries in particular, including for example "Fata Morgana" (1970), "The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner" (1973), "Lessons of Darkness" (1992) and "Grizzly Man" (2005), and his most recent contributions "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" (2010) and "Into the Abyss" (2011). Critics and scholars tend to focus on Herzog’s notion of “ecstatic truth,” on his penchant for staging and fabrication, and therefore locate him outside of the documentary tradition. This panel seeks papers that either complicate existing understandings of Herzog’s documentaries or develop new critical approaches to his work.
Possible topics include, but are not limited to issues of:
• Found Footage
• Use of 3D
• Effects of Music and Sound
• Representations of Trauma
• Adaptations of History
• Politics of his Filmic Approach
• Ethics of his Interactions with Subjects
• Proximity to Parody
• Issues related to Gender Politics
• Authority (also Self-Stylized Authority)
• Relationship to the Documentary Tradition
• Comparisons to other Filmmakers
Please send a 250-300 word abstract and brief biographical note to Verena Kick ([log in to unmask]) and Jasmin Krakenberg ([log in to unmask]) by August 3, 2012.
To contribute, you must be a member of SCMS and planning to attend the conference. Please paste the text into an email, rather than attaching a Word document. Selections will be announced no later than August 15, 2012.
Feel free to contact us with any questions.
Verena Kick and Jasmin Krakenberg (University of Washington, Seattle)
Jasmin Krakenberg (M.A.)
Department of Germanics
University of Washington, Seattle
351 A Denny Hall
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