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The Research Film Maker - Using film in research - online


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Increasingly, film and video are used in research as tools of data collection, as outputs in which dialogue between researchers and participants are shared, and as a creative means of disseminating research results. This innovative and transdisciplinary series of training programmes will develop your knowledge and skills about the use of film making in research, particularly in research with groups often identified as marginalized, vulnerable and/ or excluded.

The aim is to consider how the use of film in research opens up alternative ways of knowing and doing, storytelling, with opportunities for using mixed methods in data collection, capturing reflections, democratising the research process and for research findings shared in a format that is accessible to a range of audiences.  Technological advances mean films and/or videos are effective tools for raising awareness and advocating for change.

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Course Leader

Geraldine Brown
Course Description

The use of film is a means by which researchers can engage analytically with contemporary issues for the purposes of developing new research directions, questions and analyses, while simultaneously engaging with questions central to rigorous qualitative research. This includes how film can be used as particular kinds of evidence in relation to specific analytic foci and substantive concerns

We will provide training to those who wish to learn the film-making skills to showcase or compliment their research, tell their stories, document their own or someone else’s experience, discover new ways to present their ideas or simply to express themselves. The programme can also be seen as a foundation for inter-disciplinary collaboration and knowledge creation, community building and sustainable practices.

The course is split across two mornings (17 November 22 (10am-1pm) & 28 November 22 (10am-1pm)) with a combination of in person/online workshops and digital media for the participants to use at their own pace.

  1. Practicalities of using film making in research.
  2. Creative auto/biographical practices; working with the self, and with respondents and planning data collection.
  3. Methodological decision making; reflecting on researcher/respondent activities and dilemmas (i.e. research as an embodied, emotional and political experience).

Which will lead to a greater confidence in:

  1. How to tell personal and academic stories / different ways of telling stories
  2. The practice of telling personal and academic stories
  3. The politics of telling personal and academic stories
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