The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) in conjunction with its global university partners is proud to announce the Inaugural European Conference on Film and Documentary 2014, to be held on July 17 – 20, 2014 at the Thistle Hotel Brighton in the Brighton, United Kingdom.
2014 Conference Theme: “Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy”
Conflict from earliest times has been a characteristic of the human condition. The struggle between our individual selves and our social selves arises from what makes us unique on the one hand, being challenged by our being part of an interdependent structure of relationships on the other.
The specific blend of experiences, abilities, attitudes, and aspirations, that helps to define us, can sit sometimes uncomfortably alongside our commitments to those closest to us, our communities and our cultures. This can lead to conflict at different levels.
Conflict within communities and societies is inevitable given that these groups are based on commonality of geography, values, attitudes, and beliefs that help to differentiate one from another. The dialectic engendered by diversity, however, although it may lead to conflict, can play an important role in the expansion of ideas in communities and societies. One major challenge of modern society is to harness the synergy that emerges from the interactive dialectic generated by these differences.
All forms of media professionals, including film and documentary-makers, have long recognized these differences and frictions when they try to explain conflict through various narratives, as well as the systematic exploration of ideas, words, and artistic expression. By proposing such a wide-ranging 2014 conference theme, the organizers hope to encourage exciting new avenues of research, inspire the creation of new explanatory concepts, and provide a context for academic and personal encounters. The resultant exchanges it is hoped will stimulate synergies that cross national, religious, cultural and disciplinary divides, a bridging idea central to the global vision of IAFOR.
The conference theme is “Individual, Community & Society: Conflict, Resolution & Synergy” and the organizers encourage submissions that approach this question from a variety of perspectives, and is designed to elicit a wide variety of interpretations as avenues of research. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to film and documentary, including:
- Film Direction and Production
- Film Criticism and Theory
- Film and Literature: Artistic Correspondence
- Film History
- Documentary History
- Archive-Based Studies
- Films and Digital Distribution (Use of the Internet and video sharing)
- Animé and Digital Film Production
- Films, Festivals, and Fans (Audience/Fan responses to film)
NOTE: Successful presentations in these streams may be scheduled alongside relevant papers submitted as a part of the EuroFilm sister conference, EuroMedia.
Authors of Accepted Abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally reviewed IAFOR journals associated with the conference. For more information about the IAFOR Journal of Media, Communication and Film and other journals, click here.
International, Intercultural, Interdisciplinary
The European Conference on Film and Documentary is organized as part of a month long series of academic events in the UK organized by IAFOR. Those attending EuroFilm will have the opportunity of attending several other conferences held in parallel for no extra charge: