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Message posted on 10/10/2020

25-28 March 2021 RAI Film Festival Roundtable P26 “Between academic theory-building and social engagement: Discussing creative workshops and participatory video making.”

Dear all,

We invite you to submit an abstract for our roundtable P26 ““Between academic theory-building and social engagement: Discussing creative workshops and participatory video making.” at the RAI Film Festival 2021. The conference will take place online 25-28 March 2021 and to forward this invitation. This roundtable seeks to discuss film workshops and projects aim to build bridges between academic engagement and youth work, social work, education and activism. Workshop interventions and participatory video making are inter alia approaches that strike a balance between academic theory-building and social engagement. We aim to provide a platform to showcase projects that foster a mutual commitment and where the boundaries of academic knowledge appropriation and public engagement are blurred. What are the possibilities and what limitations exist?
We draw on an example of the “Feria UNSAM” a science fair and film festival for pupils. It is a space that encourages exchanges in between schooling and academic communities through engaging activities of schoolteachers, pupils, students and researchers. The aim is to present one collectively planned and realised audio-visual or creative output that demonstrates critical thinking and creativity. The academic personnel guides and support the participants’ processes at all stages. The audio-visual results often address and reflect the normalised and invisibilised crisis of everyday life like discrimination, poverty, gender violence and trauma. In the afterlife of the exhibition on campus, the filmmakers may be invited to conferences to speak about the film and discuss the presented topics in person. Engaging creatively with the pandemic the whole project continues online.
This roundtable invites to discuss audio-visuals that have been produced in the context of a participatory project and talk about their life courses. We welcome scholars who apply participatory methods and plan (if feasible) their contribution together with research participants. "

Please visit the following link to view the full abstract, submit your proposal and view other panels for the conference.


Proposals should consist of

  • a paper title

  • the name/s and email address/es of the author and co-authors

  • a short abstract 300 characters max.

  • a long abstract 250 words max. including the description of the project and how you envision to involve research participants into the presentation (for example, xbeing present or submitting a video message)

The Call for Papers closes on 15th November 2020.

On submission the proposal, the proposing author (but not any co-authors listed) will receive an automated email confirming the receipt. If you do not receive this email, please check your spam folder or the login environment (click login on the left on the conference website) to see if your proposal is there.

If you have questions concerning this panel, please contact the panel conveners through the conference homepage.

Best wishes,

Henrike and Yanina


Henrike Neuhaus

Associate Lecturer

PhD candidate Visual Anthropology

PGR-Student Rep, Graduate School

AL/GTT Rep, Anthropology Department

Short Course Officer, Goldsmiths UCU

Goldsmiths, University of London

New Cross, London SE14 6 NW



+44 (0)20 7919 7800

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