CFF: Diversity in Place: Making Documentaries on the Multicultural
merlyn at bdg.centrin.net.id
Tue Jan 6 03:11:42 EST 2009
Diversity in Place: Making Documentaries on the Multicultural City April
More than half of the population in the world now lives in cities, and
the urban share of the globe will continue to increase dramatically to
reach 70 percent by 2050. Migration, both from within and among
societies, is a major source of urbanization, with multicultural cities
on the rise everywhere.
Call for Documentary Film/Video Entries
In an innovative way toward mutual learning, we invite the submission of
video and photo documentaries whose emphasis is on exploring
multicultural cities and processes of place-making. Scholars, teachers,
students and practitioners alike are searching for alternative methods
to conventional data analysis and academic writing to be able to capture
ethnic diversity and multicultural interactions in real world settings.
The use of documentaries to show the daily practices of multiculturalism
in the city can make several key contributions to research, teaching and
Videos not in excess of 15 minutes are requested for submission to
screenings which will be held at the conference venue at the University
of Hawai’i Manoa Campus on April 24th, 2009. Selections of videos to be
included in the seminar will be made by a committee of students and
faculty who are organizing the event. Artists, video- and filmmakers,
researchers, writers and others interested in the relation between
people and places and the making of multicultural cities are invited to
join the project, participate to the seminar to discuss their ideas and
Questions, themes, topics and issues to be addressed in the
documentaries can include, but are not limited to:
* How documentaries by recoding the presence of people of different
origins over time can reveal ‘invisible’ minority cultures in a way that
no other media can.
* The efforts at historic preservation of elements of the city that
might otherwise have been overlooked but are of high cultural value to
members of a community.
* How multiculturalism can work well in practice and thus contribute to
a more positive attitude about and pride in the multicultural city, and
thereby assist in fostering mutual accommodation and tolerance.
* In an age of global migration in which significant segments of
multicultural cities do not have citizenship or are otherwise
marginalized in the city, how documentaries can help identify issues of
* How multiculturalism inscribes itself into the city by everyday uses
of urban space and lead us to a greater appreciation of the many
different identities that make up the multicultural Cosmopolis of
By combining the reflections and findings emerging around the objectives
of the conference, and understanding the inevitability of increasing
diversity in urban places, this conference aims at drawing lessons and
recommendations as to what makes the creation of ethnic spaces possible,
and further what helps to form and shape livable cities with healthy
intercultural relations, namely, cities as multicultural places where
migrants’ place-making is understood and acknowledged as an inherent
human right to the city.
This conference is sponsored by the Student Equity, Excellence and
Diversity Initiative (SEED), University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
Submission Deadline and Guidelines
The purpose of the call is a selection of a maximum of eight
documentaries to be screened in a one-day conference on April 24th, 2009
at the University of Hawai’i.
Submission deadline: March 1st, 2009
Videos should be short — no longer than 15.00 minutes. International and
Domestic submissions are encouraged.
The formats accepted are: DVD
Please include: Synopsis, Bio, CV and Contact Information. All
submissions will be added to the Diversity in Place Video Library for
possible inclusion in future projects. If included in other projects,
artists will be contacted for permission.
Send submissions to:
Vera Zambonelli, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Saunders
Hall, 2424 Maile Way, 96822 Honolulu HI
Travel and lodging aid:
Pending application, the Project will cover part of travel expenses and
lodging in a Youth Hostel for participants residing outside of Honolulu.
If traveling to Honolulu is not an option, we will arrange
videoconferencing through skype.
For more information: diversityinplace at gmail.com
Merlyna Lim, Ph.D.
School of Justice & Social Inquiry and
Consortium for Science, Policy and Outcomes
Arizona State University
CSPO, Arizona State University
PO Box 875603
Tempe, AZ 85287-5603
Email: merlyna.lim at asu.edu
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