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Accepted Contribution:

Participatory use of video: Mirage or achievable range of possibilities  
Kole Odutola Odutola (University of Florida)

Contribution short abstract:

This presentation will delve into the realm of participatory video, examining whether its objectives represent a mirage or an achievable range of possibilities in various contexts.

Contribution long abstract:

This presentation will delve into the realm of participatory video, examining whether its objectives represent a mirage or an achievable range of possibilities in various contexts. Participatory video, as a methodology that involves communities in creating and using video as a tool for self-representation and advocacy, has garnered attention for its potential to empower marginalized voices. However, the practical challenges, ethical considerations, and power dynamics inherent in participatory processes raise questions about the feasibility and impact of this approach.

Through a comprehensive review of literature and case study of work done in Nairobi, Kenya, this presentation explores the tensions between the ideals of participatory video and the realities on the ground. It assesses the extent to which participatory video fulfills its promise as a transformative tool for community engagement and social change, considering factors such as access to technology, cultural nuances, and power relations. By critically examining both successes and limitations, this research aims to contribute to a nuanced understanding of knowledges co-production, Community construction of stories as well as shedding light on whether it represents a mirage or a tangible and achievable range of possibilities in empowering communities through visual storytelling.

Workshop PE02
Community knowledge in academic research: in pursuit of epistemic justice
  Session 3 Thursday 27 June, 2024, -