2017 Pluralities Conference
The inaugural Pluralities conference was held at San Francisco State University in November 2017. The gathering brought together scholars from across the globe as well as regionally to present their work and converse about the expanding state of documentary and nonfiction media. Presentations topics ranged from the power of animation in resistance, digital publishing and distribution of niche films, agency and advocacy in film surrounding personal identity, activism, disability, ethnography and the presentation of a "live documentary" retracing German influences in Canada leading up to WWII as well as a VR experience of the amazon rain forest.
Over 500 people attended sessions at the two day event bringing together scholars from film, history, anthropology, and ethnic studies along with students, local filmmakers, and regional thinkers in the field outside of academia.