SABIHAH KHAN & BEN MENDELSOHN

Sabiha Khan (Assistant Professor, UTEP) and Ben Mendelsohn (Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn Program in Environmental Humanities)

What follows are some observations and questions that emerged for us after the Visible Evidence 26 workshop on “Beyond Story: Situating an Online Community Manifesto,” led by Alexandra Juhasz, co-author of the “Beyond Story Manifesto.”

-What role does story play in a politics of pleasure in documentary spectatorship?
-Thinking about forms that are othered in the championing of story. Eg., substituting one compromised form for another- cultish baggage of story substitutes
-What are the affordances of story as a tool? For forwarding profit and/or political change?
-If we were better at articulating what we need a tool for, would we be better at knowing what documentary (and story marshaled under its aegis) can and can’t do?

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