Posted by: wegamind | November 1, 2011

Plenary Discussion – Environmental History and Film

At the end of the Place and Placelessness workshop, we hosted an hour an half discussion on the topic of ‘environmental history and film’. Three of the creators of the short films made for the workshop, Amanda Hooykaas, Patrick Earley, and Cristina Silaghi, along with three other workshop participants joined us. The aim of the plenary discussion was to debate the uses, merits and drawbacks of using film to represent, study, research, teach and understand environmental history broadly conceived. Can film capture history effectively? Does using film create new research methods not available through traditional archive work? Will film, or YouTube, become an important component of teaching environmental history publicly and academically? What kinds of understanding does film provide that text or still images do not? Listen to the podcast below and then post  a comment to keep the discussion going!

Plenary Audio


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