Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Engagement: Film and Filmmaking

Type: Panel
Theme: Public Engagement in Geography
Sponsor Groups: American Association of Geographers, Media and Communication Geography Specialty Group, Cultural Geography Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/13/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Napoleon A2, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
Organizers: Derek Alderman, Joseph Palis, Jessica Jacobs
Chairs: Joseph Palis


This session is one of several organized for the purpose of providing grounded but critical discussion of public engagement and outreach opportunities, strategies, and challenges. Sessions build upon the experiences of panelists/facilitators and the sharing of perspectives from the audience to create a space where geographers can train each other, trade innovations and ideas, and negotiate practical and even political obstacles to public engagement in geography.

This panel session focuses on the engagement and use of film for pedagogy, research and creation of informative and artistic works for geographical knowledge production. Whether for media literacy, moving-image research as visual method or as a teaching companion, this panel hopes to initiate a practical but critical discussion of strategies, opportunities, and challenges to pursuing film as a method and tool of engagement. When geographers use or produce video for teaching or presenting their research, how can we measure and assess its impact - what kind of engagement is taking place with the audience and what tools are available to help us find out.

This panel session aims to explore the connections between the process of making a film but also seeks to find out answers to how we can speak about audience engagement. We wish to explore the interconnections between the production of digital film and video (as well as other formats) and its reception as a form of geographical teaching tool.


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Keina EspiƱeira 20
Discussant Christopher Lukinbeal University of Arizona 20
Panelist Jessica Jacobs Queen Mary University of London 20
Panelist Pavithra Vasudevan University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill 20
Panelist Julia Sickler Montclair State University 20

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