Call for Papers – ADE 2018: The Craft of Documentary Editing

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Call for Papers – The Association for Documentary Editing
Olympia, Washington, 21-23 June 2018

2018 Program Committee: Jeff Looney, Chair; Sherry Darling, Patrick Lewis, Lynn Price

The Association for Documentary Editing invites proposals for sessions at the organization’s annual meeting to be held at the Red Lion Inn in Olympia, Washington. This year’s theme is “The Craft of Documentary Editing.” We especially invite papers, panels, and round-tables that examine, among other topics, problems, challenges, opportunities, and solutions by editors concerning transcription, translation, annotation, codes, images, non-text media, tracking down documents, obtaining access, and so on. Proposals for other topics central to the work and publications of documentary editors are also welcome.

Submissions may take the following forms:

  1. Round-tables: normally may consist of four to six speakers and should address topics of broad interest and scope with a defined and pre-circulated list of guiding questions. The objective should be creating lively debate and active audience participation.
  1. Panels, generally consisting of three thematically associated papers, with an optional commentator and chair. They can be of two forms, consisting either of
    a. Individual presentations no more than 20 minutes in length.
    b. Papers (full length) pre-circulated to the panel and tentatively also on the ADE website. Panelists would then summarize briefly (10 minutes maximum). In either format, presenters and the chair should come equipped with questions to engage fellow panelists and the audience in discussions of the common themes and issues raised in and beyond the papers. In the interest of promoting discussion, time limits will be strictly enforced. Thematically coherent panels of product or process demonstrations are also encouraged.
  1. Individual presentations can also be submitted in either format. If accepted, individual presentations will be grouped into panels using one of the formats above.
  1. Showcases: present focused topics in a setting that features personal interaction and informal conversation. Digital demonstrations or posters on works-in-progress are encouraged.

Send your proposal in the form of a Microsoft-Word document to Jeff Looney (, chair of the program committee, by 1 March 2018. The proposal should include an abstract of no more than 500 words for each individual presentation, whether within or outside a panel, and an overall 500-word description of round-tables, panels, and showcases. Please include the name, email address, and institutional affiliations for all participants; and indicate the format and whether technological support will be required.

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