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Documentary - Intimacy and Ethics in Documentary Media and Performing Arts

  • Centre for Film Studies, University of Essex Wivenhoe Park Colchester, CO4 3SQ UK (map)

Part of the CHASE 'Intimacies' training programme

Co-ordinator: Prof Jeffrey Geiger. Workshop leaders: Prof Jeffrey Geiger, Dr John Haynes, Nic Blower (BBC filmmaker)

Further speakers TBC.

Working with theorists and professional filmmakers, these screening, discussion and workshop sessions bring together scholars/practitioners to examine how documentary and creative practice can act as ‘intimate media’, bridging disparate subjective and cultural experiences. Key research and training areas will include: How does documentary engage subjects not just at epistemological levels, but also experiential and sensory levels? What are the formal strategies and effects of nonfiction media that enable subjective and interpersonal engagement with ‘other’ lives and ‘other’ worlds? How are changing modes of consumption and reception (cinemas, television, internet and hand-held technologies) impacting on the social functions of documentary and related media practices? The sessions will focus on the ways in which conjoining theory and practice might mutually inform notions of intimacy and audience engagement, and how these former divisions are rapidly changing within ongoing shifts in, and ease of access to, media technologies. Workshops will include practical filmmaking sessions working with documentary, verbatim theatre, and nonfiction dramatization as well as theoretical discussions of practice-based and creative work. Researchers with no filmmaking experience but interested in uses of practice-based and creative research, are encouraged to attend.

Research Areas

  • Community building through documentary and creative practice
  • New media, non-fiction, and tactile/haptic theories
  • Documentary and Human Rights
  • Media, emotion, and social engagement
  • Documentary and medical knowledge

Please note that due to practical elements this event is limited to 20 people

APPLICATIONS: In their application for participation, students should include a CV and a very brief outline of their research project. A short note on the relevance of this training session to the research project as a whole is recommended.

Please send these to: with the subject line “CHASE Intimacies – Documentary and Creative Practice: Application for participation”

Deadline: 9 March 2015

More information on the event, including a detailed programme, will be published at:

Once confirmed, participants will be asked to register for the event through

Intimacies Blog