Impact and Engagement: Assessing the Geographical Film

Type: Panel
Sponsor Groups: Film-Making and Screening Specialty Group, Digital Geographies Specialty Group, Media and Communication Geography Specialty Group, Specialty Group Highlighted Session
Poster #:
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: 8210, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
Organizers: Joseph Palis, Jessica Jacobs
Chairs: Jessica Jacobs


Impact and Engagement: Assessing the Geographical Film

Organised by: Jessica Jacobs, Queen Mary University of London (, Joseph Palis, University of the Philippines-Diliman (

Sponsored by: Cultural Geography Specialty Group, Digital Geography Specialty Group, Communication and Media Specialty Group

Digital video reaches an incredibly large audience - it will account for over 85 percent of global internet traffic by 2021 (Cisco 2017). This offers new challenges and opportunities for geographers, particularly in terms of their commitment to increasing diversity and inclusivity into their practices. Opportunities because using video as a research method means they will be able to include more participants in their research, and screening their research will allow them to reach a wider audience for their findings. Challenging because it’s hard to keep up with technological advances and changes to the way people consume the fast-moving networked medium, for example, recent growth is in steaming live video, virtual reality, and internet video delivered to TV and mobile TV (Cisco 2017). New publishing opportunities for geographical films such as the annual film festival AAG Shorts and its online version (to be launched on October 19) are just two responses to the challenge of video in geography but what other options exist? And how can we assess whether geographical films are truly inclusive and diverse in their reach?

This session aims to discuss and explore the different ways that filmic geographies are being incorporated into the academy. We invite papers (but also other formats such as interactive documentaries, short films, videoclips, performances, maps or apps), that examine how we can better evaluate the impact of the research film. Most internet video is assessed numerically. This video of a cat just got 2 million likes. But the number of views only tell a partial story. How do film and video produce new inclusive and diverse knowledges? 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. How can we develop a practice of filmmaking that helps geography become more diverse and inclusive and what tools are available to help us measure this target?

Please send a 300 word abstract on or before October 25 following AAG guidelines to Jessica Jacobs and/or Joseph Palis (

1. Register online with the AAG to obtain a PIN.
2. Email Presenter Identification Number (PIN) and abstract to Joseph Palis (


Type Details Minutes
Panelist Jessica Jacobs Queen Mary University of London 20
Panelist Elisabetta Rosa 20
Panelist Ella Harris Goldsmiths University 20
Discussant Heather Davis University of Tennessee 20
Discussant Joseph Palis University of the Philippines-Diliman 20

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