CDS director Wesley Hogan and UNC-Chapel Hill Chair of American Studies and Folklore Bernie Herman discuss their upcoming course, The Documentary Turn: Southern Cultures, at Duke University in Fall 2016.
The Documentary Turn: Southern Cultures traces the convergence of traditional 20th-century documentary narrative (oral history, photography, film, and ethnography) with emergent 21st-century technologies (digital platforms, crowd-sourced communications, viral information) that expand and test definitions of documentary practice. The course looks for unexpected outcomes and future possibilities at the intersections of analog and digital practice. The course focus is on the cultures of the American South with an understanding of that region as mapped within a global imaginary. Project requirements during the course will include experimental documentary project that combines storytelling (visual/literary), performance (theater/dance/music) or investigative research (oral/archival).