Skidmore Forum Grants

Skidmore Forum Grant

MDOCS Forum: Co-Creation and Its Discontents 

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs NY 

Forum dates: Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, this Forum 2020 event has been postponed to June 2021. 

Applications Deadline: December 15th 

Accepted Applicants will be notified in midFebruary. 

In an effort to involve Skidmore Faculty and Staff more integrally in the conversations generated at MDOCS Forum, we are offering a new initiative this year —  Skidmore Forum Grants. Selected faculty and staff will receive a stipend of $500 to attend Forum weekend in its entirety. Upon Forum’s conclusion, grantees will be required to write a short blog post or review-style article that responds to one or more of the Forum’s events or synthesizes ideas and conversations voiced during the weekend. This writing might be shared with the Skidmore community in the MDOCS newsletter – or we could work with you to explore publication in other venues. We hope this new opportunity will encourage more Skidmore Faculty and Staff to partake in the inspiring and critical conversations that develop over the course of Forum weekend. This is an opportunity to network with the documentary practitioners and scholars who visit Skidmore each June for Forum, and to bring ideas around our 2020 theme, Co-Creation and its Discontents, back to ones teaching, scholarship, or other on-campus work. 

“The sheer number of intellectually and socially engaging experiences that I had there makes it somewhat difficult to narrow down a “favorite part.” From panel presentations to film screenings, radio listening sessions and conversations with various presenters, there was so much to absorb.”
Aaron Pedinotti, Skidmore Fellow 2019


Each June, Skidmore College’s John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) hosts a weekend-long Documentary Forum– public events combining festival presentations of artistic work with symposium-style conversations around an annual theme. The forum is free and open to the public. In 2017, we brought together makers, scholars, activists and students to explore Space & Place in Documentary. See the full list of events for 2017 Festosium II: Space & Place. In 2018, we engaged with the theme Surveil/Surveilled in documentary and analyze documentary as a form of surveillance, consider the ethics and legalities of observing and the vulnerability of being observed, learn how to protect from surveillance, and engage with the documentary material that surveillance systems yield to explore its storytelling and truth telling potentials. Read about the 2018 keynote speakers, Filmmaker Assia Boundaoui and Artist Hasan Elahi and see the Full 2018 schedule here! Last year, with keynote performances by Sam Green/Yo La Tengo and Kristina Wong, we questioned documentary’s entanglement with sobriety through Humor: Laughing With Reality. See full schedule here.  

This year our theme is Co-Creation and its Discontents–– This is a call to all collaborators, collectives and co-creators of knowledge! To those coming from activism, community organizing, and collective power building. To those willing to transgress artistic boundaries and academic disciplines in the urgent name of shared agency and more inclusive institutions! Read more about the there here.

Forum dates: June 4th -7th 2020

Stipend: $500

Requirements: Recipients must commit to attending all of Forum weekend and writing a short response article.

Applications Deadline: December 15th

Accepted Applicants will be notified by mid-February.