Seminar Two

Seminar Two: Visual narratives in video and film

altDate: Wednesday 16th June 2010 

Venue: Lindop Building, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane, Hatfield

Theme: The aim of this seminar is to explore the capacity of video and film to capture the ways in which people live unequal lives, how inequalities are expressed and understood through these media and how they might productively inform policy making and welfare practices. Collectively, the papers will critically explore the capacity of researcher-generated and participatory video and film for:

  1. a more nuanced understanding of the lives of socially excluded and marginalised individuals and communities;

  2. advancing theoretical perspectives and methodological approaches for capturing and analysing ‘inequality’

  3. reflexively interrogating the ways in which visual data and research practices may be complicit in reinforcing, challenging or mediating inequalities.

  4. developing methods for working with communities and individuals to shape policy and practice

  5. transforming policy and practice and promoting social change.


9.45 – 10.15    Registration & refreshments

10.15 – 10.30  Welcome & introduction

                               Janet Fink, Helen Lomax, Gillian Rose and Lisa Whiting

10.30 –12.45   Researcher- generated approaches to inequalities

                               Chair: Dr Helen Lomax (University of Hertfordshire)

                               Professor Carey Jewitt (Institute of Education)

                               A multimodal approach to the production of 'ability' in the English classroom

                               Dr Chris Walton (University of Lancaster)

                               Locating inequalities in Services for adults with learning disabilities

                              Jude Fransman (Institute of Education)

                              Juggling genre: Using video to explore how ‘knowledge’ is fixed and framed in a

                              community-based research workshop

12.45 – 13.30   Lunch

13.30 – 15.00   Arts and participatory perspectives

                                Chair: Professor Gillian Rose (The Open University)


                                Miranda Sharp (Independent Artist)

                                Can art be used as research?

                                Dr Chris High (The Open University)        

                               Where did PV come from?


15.00 – 15.15  Refreshments


15.15 – 17.15  Informing policy and practice through the visual

                              Chair: Dr Janet Fink (The Open University)


                              Dr Stephen Parkin (The University of Plymouth)

                              Using visual methods to record health inequality and social suffering amongst those

                              that inject illicit drugs in public settings: implications for policy and practice.

                              John Oates (The Open University)

                              Documentary Film as Advocacy