Documentary Film Cultures

ISSN: 2504-4834

This series provides a space for exploring the development of documentary film cultures in the contemporary context. The series takes an ecological approach to the study of documentary funding, production, distribution and consumption by emphasizing the interconnections between these practices and those of other media systems. It thus encourages new ways of understanding documentary films or practices as part of other, wider systems of cultural production.
Volumes may focus on specific sociopolitical environments, such as that of a nation or region. Alternatively, they may explore specific themes or production practices, such as new wave documentaries, environmentalism or indigenous film communities. Studies of shared technological platforms, including films that make use of embodied technologies or using emergent distribution platforms, are also welcome.
The series reflects not only the maturing of literature on documentary film and media production studies over the last two decades but also the growing interest amongst nonacademic and professional audiences in documentary texts as they occupy an increasingly hybrid cultural space: part journalism, part art cinema, part activism, part entertainment, part digital culture.

Editorial Board: Jouko Aaltonen (Aalto University), John Corner (Liverpool University, UK), Yingchi Chu (Murdoch University, Australia), Jonathan Dovey (University of the West of England, Bristol), Susanna Helke (Aalto University, Finland), Anette Hill (Lund University, Sweden), Bert Hogenkamp (Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision), Ilona Hongisto (Macquarie University, Australia), K. P. Jayasankar (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India), Susan Kerrigan (Newcastle University, Australia), Richard Kilborn (University of Stirling), Erik Knudsen (University of Central Lancashire, UK), David MacDougall (Australian National University), Anjali Monteiro (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai), Pablo Piedras (Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina), Agnieszka Piotrowska (University of Bedfordshire, UK), Laura Rascaroli (University College Cork, Ireland), Belinda Smaill (Monash University, Australia), Inge Sorensen (University of Glasgow, UK), Bjørn Sørenssen (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway), Malin Walhberg (Stockholm University, Sweden), Deane Williams (Monash University, Australia), Yingjin Zhang (UC San Diego, USA)


  • Title: Documentary in the Age of COVID

    Documentary in the Age of COVID

    Volume 4
    by Dafydd Sills-Jones (Volume editor) Pietari Kääpä (Volume editor) 2023
    ©2023 Edited Collection 280 Pages
  • Title: Documentary in Finland

    Documentary in Finland

    History, Practice and Policy
    Volume 3
    by Jouko Aaltonen (Author) Pietari Kääpä (Author) Dafydd Sills-Jones (Author) 2023
    ©2023 Monographs 234 Pages
  • Title: Celluloid Subjects to Digital Directors

    Celluloid Subjects to Digital Directors

    Changing Aboriginalities and Australian Documentary Film, 1901–2017
    Volume 2
    by Jennifer Debenham (Author) 2020
    ©2020 Monographs 232 Pages
  • Title: Documentary in Wales

    Documentary in Wales

    Cultures and Practices
    Volume 1
    by Dafydd Sills-Jones (Volume editor) Elin Haf Gruffydd Jones (Volume editor) 2021
    ©2021 Edited Collection 314 Pages