3/7 April - Washington DC


Call for films for AAG Shorts - 3rd edition

Sponsored by AAG
Film Making and Screening Speciality Group

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What kinds of film do geographers make?
What makes a film geographical?

Filmgeographies publishes films made by geographers, or films that are geographical in subject matter. Films that are submitted need to follow our guidelines if they want to be reviewed. We accept all lengths, fiction and non-fiction. Films can be specifically made for AAG Shorts or may already have been produced for other reasons. We welcome feature length films but if selected we will request a shorter version for screening.

Call for papers for AAG Impact and Engagement: Assessing the Geographical Film

Sponsored by AAG Digital, Media and Communications and Cultural Geography Speciality Group


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, for example, recent growth is in steaming livevideo, virtual reality, and internet video delivered to TV and mobile TV (Cisco 2017). New publishing opportunities for geographical films such as the annual film festival AAG Shorts and its online version (to be launched on October 2019) are just two responses to the challenge of video in geography but what other options exist? And how can we assess whether geographical films are truly inclusive and diverse in their reach?

This session aims to discuss and explore the different ways that filmic geographies are being incorporated into the academy. We invite papers (but also other formats such as interactive documentaries, short films, videoclips, performances, maps or apps), that examine how we can better evaluate the impact of the research film. Most internet video is assessed numerically. This video of a cat just got 2 million likes. But the number of views only tell a partial story. How do film and video produce new inclusive and diverse knowledges? When geographers use or produce video for teaching or presenting their research, how can we measure and assess its impact - what kind of engagement is taking place with the audience. How can we develop a practice of filmmaking that helps geography become more diverse and inclusive and what tools are available to help us measure this target?

Please send a 300 word abstract as soon as possible following AAG guidelines to
- Jessica Jacobs (
- Joseph Palis (

Please remember also to

  1. Register online with the AAG to obtain a PIN.
  2. Email Presenter Identification Number (PIN) and abstract to Joseph Palis (


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