Special Theme Issue of Studies in Documentary Film: "Documentary Films after 9/11"
Call for Full Papers
Studies in Documentary Film (Volume 3, Issue 3)
Special Theme Issue: “Documentary Films after 9/11”
Publication Date: November 2009
Guest Editor: Christian Christensen, Associate Professor in Media & Communication Studies, Karlstad University, Sweden
After a number of years in the popular culture wilderness, the documentary film has made a comeback during the opening decade of the 21st century. While The Thin Blue Line, Roger & Me, Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism and Bowling for Columbine played a part in laying the groundwork for this revival, the most dramatic increase in high-profile, “political documentaries” came after September 11, 2001, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq and the subsequent “War on Terror” with films such as Fahrenheit 9/11, Control Room, Taxi to the Dark Side, Gitmo, USA vs. Al-Arian, My Country, My Country, Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers and No End in Sight. The purpose of this special theme issue of Studies in Documentary Film is to investigate the post-9/11 documentary phenomenon from a number of methodological and theoretical perspectives (e.g. political economic, ideological, textual, historical, organizational, etc.). For the purposes of this special issue, post-9/11 documentaries can be seen as those works addressing, directly or indirectly, the cultural, political, economic or military aftermath(s) of the events of September 11, 2001. While many of the films listed above were produced in the United States, submissions addressing the post-9/11 documentary film from non-US or non-European perspectives are not only welcomed, but encouraged.
Authors are invited to submit full papers (5,000-6,000 words) on post-9/11 documentary film(s) to Christian Christensen (firstname.lastname@example.org) by no later than June 1, 2009. All papers will undergo peer-review. Please submit papers as Word documents (no PDFs or RTFs). Include a separate cover page with title, name, contact information, 150 word abstract and five keywords. The main paper should not contain the name(s) of the author(s) or any indication of author identity.
Authors are also invited to submit reviews (1,000-2,500 words) of books, documentary film conferences or documentary film festivals related to the issue theme.
Before submitting, authors are asked to look at previously published articles in SDF for referencing and formatting guidelines. A free online issue of the journal can be viewed at http://www.atypon-link.com/INT/toc/sdf/2/1.
Studies in Documentary Film (Intellect) is the first refereed scholarly journal devoted to the history, theory, criticism and practice of documentary film. This journal will provide a home for the considered approach to international documentary film history, theory, criticism and practice serving a vibrant and growing international community of documentary film scholars. Studies in Documentary Film is committed to serving this community through the publication of articles from interdisciplinary, international and cross-cultural perspectives.
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