The Visible Evidence Forum is designed to provide an online dialogue amongst the community generated from short, thoughtful, scholarly pieces on documentary and nonfiction media.  The Forum aims to take advantage of both the immediacy of online communications and digital media’s potential to combine multiple media forms.  To that end, the Forum will be published quarterly with each publication consisting of four contributions: an initial 1000-1500-word piece by the topic’s curator that addresses an issue of critical, theoretical, and/or historical interest to the community; and three subsequent 750-1000-word contributions that respond to and develop the discussion in different directions.  Once all pieces have been published, the comments section will be opened for the community to engage the topic’s ideas.

We imagine the Forum as akin to a keynote panel at a Visible Evidence conference.  But we have flexibility in the format and welcome experiments with new forms of online, collaborative scholarship.  If you are interested in chairing a Forum topic, send a proposal to the Forum co-editors Joshua Malitsky ( and Selmin Kara ( consisting of:

  • A 150-200-word abstract of the main idea of the topic
  • A list of the contributors
  • Two-sentence descriptions of the each of the contributors’ pieces

Joshua Malitsky and Selmin Kara (co-editors, Visible Evidence Forum)

Recent Publications

July 2023

Of Other Realities

Stefanie Baumann and Giovanbattista Tusa, Conveners

October 2021

Overture: Co-Creation Documentary during Pandemic and Protest

Helen De Michiel and Patricia R. Zimmermann, Conveners