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.
Nowadays, the concept of peer review has become central to the process by which new research is recognised and validated by the scientific community. While it has its critics, peer review is widely supported as a process by which appropriate standards are achieved prior to the publication of research, in relation to criteria of originality, rigour and importance to the academic field. However, there are both conceptual and practical challenges in applying this approach when the research artefact is something like a film (Berkeley, 2016).
Traditional peer review processes that we know work for academic journals needs to adapt to suit the needs of non-traditional, non-text-based forms of research inquiry. Filmgeographies is an interactive and collaborative network that is working to establish this new and exciting process and help scholars navigate their way.
The goals of this network are:
- To publish films made by geographers and other scholars that are open to peer review.
- To promote and coordinate activities with other professional organizations involved with film.
- To promote and facilitate the role of cinema and film within the discipline of geography and across the social sciences, arts and humanities.
- To promote research into and teaching of film and cinema in geography.
- To stimulate the exchange of information about film and film-making in geography and across the social sciences, arts and humanities.
Giovanna Ceno – Independent – Italy
Vitor Hugo Costa – Metalfilmes Portugal
Alexa Firat – Temple University – USA
Eric Laurier – University of Edinburgh
Jessica Jacobs – Queen Mary University of London
Joseph Pàlis – University of Philippines
Ciaran Reynolds – Independent – UK