The Poetics and Politics of Documentary symposium represents an unusual opportunity for filmmakers and artists working within the broad ambit of documentary who critically reflect on their own work to come together in order to think out loud about what it is we do and why it matters. As we are all aware, documentary carries with it the burden of the political, regardless of whether it deserves or can uphold it. Sometimes the attention to the political comes at the expense of a concern with poetics. What makes this event unique, is that it insists on holding fast to both terms welcome simultaneously, prioritising neither, yet unwilling to jettison either as well. What that might mean to any of the participants sharing their work in this venue over the course of these two and half days, is entirely open to discussion, and we look forward to hearing all of the possible permutations that arise.
The particular emphasis this year is on the theme, ‘Beyond Empathy’. How might the call for empathy be justified in relation to debates from Brecht onwards about the political and ideological limitations of such an approach? How do we move between eliciting empathy to creating analysis and how can the affective dimension of visual and aural languages be best deployed to achieve this? To what extent do the immersive or interactive affordances of newer documentary practices succeed in encouraging political agency?
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Registration for the symposium is required. An early bird registration discount is available until 15 April. Bookings after this date will be subject to the full symposium rates. One day bookings and concessionary rates are also available. Please note: symposium presenters must register for the full event and are not eligible for single day registration.
A conference dinner will be held on Saturday 3rd June. If you wish to attend, please select the ‘with conference dinner’ option when choosing from the booking options. Please be advised that places are limited.
If you require accommodation for the duration of the conference, we would advise booking this early due to the numbers of visitors to Brighton at this time of year.
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Dates & Times
Friday 02 June, 20174:00pm – 9:00pm
Saturday 03 June, 20179:00am – 7:30pm
Sunday 04 June, 20179:00am – 6:00pm
Full registration fee with conference dinner£135
Concessionary registration fee with conference dinner£85
Full registration fee excluding conference dinner£100
Concessionary registration fee excluding conference dinner£50