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Documentary and the Environment: A One Day Symposium

2012 July 24
by smonani
You are warmly invited to a one-day symposium at the University of Surrey on Documentary and the Environment.
There is no fee for attendance. Please register by contacting Helen Hughes via email at
All events will take place in the Nodus Building, University of Surrey, Stag Hill, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XH. Information on how to get to the University and a map of the campus can be found at
9.00 – 9.30 Registration and Welcome
9.30 – 11.00 Panel 1 Talking Categories
John Duvall, (Dominican University of California) ‘Sub-Genres of the Environmental Documentary’
Sandrine Lage, (Sorbonne University, Paris) ‘The inscription of the documentary Le Syndrome du Titanic in the French public debate about ecology’
Tam Yee-lok, (City University of Hong Kong)‘Three Ecologies Embodied: Body, Environment and Capitalism in Chinese Coal Mining Documentaries’
11.00-11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 13.30 Panel 2 Communicating Crisis
Amanda Katili Niode, (Indonesian National Council on Climate Change/DNPI) ‘Climate Change in Our Backyard’
Geo Takach, (University of Calgary in Alberta) ‘Documentary, dissent, and Alberta’s bituminous sands’
Tatiana Signorelli Heise (University of Manchester) ‘From shock tactics to green sensibility: the environmental turn in animal-advocacy films’
Reina-Marie Loader, (University of Exeter) ‘The Living Documentary: the Ethical Representation of Environmental Issues with Socio-Political Implications’
13.30 – 14.30 Lunch (own arrangements)
14.30- 16.00  Panel 3 Local Stories
Alasdair Oldham, (University of the West of England) ‘Documentary made sustainable : The Bristol Bike Project, from grassroots workshop to globalised audience.’
Anne Marie Carty (filmmaker) & Dr Dafydd Sills-Jones (Aberystwyth University), ‘Portraying ‘Aunti Beti’: The Environment, The Individual and the Landscape’
Sam Christie (Aberystwyth University)& Paul Newland (Aberystwyth University), ‘Cantre’r Gwaelod and Tales of Inundation’
16.00 – 16.30 Tea Break
16.30 – 17.30 Panel 4 Eco-Entertainment
Vincent Campbell,  (University of Leicester) ‘“Weather Porn”: The Shift from Documentary to Factual Entertainment’
Christine Cornea, (University of East Anglia) ‘Eco-tainment: the case of Life After People (History Channel, 2008)’
17.30 – 18.00 Final Discussion: The Future of the Eco-doc
Dr Helen Hughes
Senior Lecturer in Film Studies
School of Arts
University of Surrey
01483 682837

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