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CFS Speaker Series: Dr Kirsten MacLeod on ‘Community Media Practice: Filming local knowledge past and present’

November 1, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Community Media Practice: Filming local knowledge past and present

About the paper:

In this seminar I will present examples of my practice and research as a documentary filmmaker and in particular my work in community based media.  I will discuss my approach to filmmaking in and with communities in Scotland, often employing collaborative and participatory methods. The seminar will draw on examples of my community based projects over the past 10 years in Govan, Glasgow as well as a project on which I am currently engaged exploring local knowledge of the Spanish Armada in Scotland.

As a practice led researcher I am interested in examining community media as a form of knowledge practice situating filmmaking as a form of enquiry though which knowledge emerges during the production process. This approach to filmmaking and research is ethnographically informed and context sensitive, connecting media practice to place and people as well as acknowledging the personal and subjective agency of filmmaker and participants. My work emphasises the relations of production which emerge during production and how knowledge is recorded and shaped by this process.

I am especially interested in community media as a way of deconstructing & reconstructing the past, such as in projects on the the Spanish Civil War in Govan, campaigning women on Clydeside and the Armada in the Northern & Western Isles of Scotland. The seminar will examine how by engaging with communities and local organisations community media validates and creates contexts for the creation of new knowledge.


About the speaker

Dr. Kirsten MacLeod is a Lecturer in Film and Television, and is Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Television at Edinburgh Napier University. She has worked as a filmmaker and media practitioner for over 20 years in broadcast and community based media. She studied for a BA (Hons) Archaeology & Social Anthropology from Edinburgh University (1991) and an MA Visual Anthropology at the Granada Centre for Visual Anthropology, University of Manchester (1994). She received her PhD in Creative Media Practice from the University of the West of Scotland (2014), based on practice led research in community media contexts in Govan and the Isle of Bute. She has collaborated extensively with Plantation Productions in Govan and developed projects and screenings with organisations such as The Gallery of Modern Art, National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive and the Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival and the Glasgow Women’s Library. She has runs a module in Community Media at Edinburgh Napier that collaborates with HMP Polmont YOI and which recently won a 2017 Herald Higher Education Award for Widening Access.


Mrs Barbour's Army: Two Govan women in Play Your Part (2011) reconstructing scenes from the Govan Rent Strikes

Mrs Barbour’s Army: Two Govan women in Play Your Part (2011) reconstructing scenes from the Govan Rent Strikes


November 1, 2017
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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