Previous workshops

This workshop was first offered in June 2015, with 14 participants and numerous guests coming together to create a memorable two weeks and an ongoing community of practice. Here are some relevant materials growing out of that workshop:

Five participants (Allison de Fren, Shane Denson, Patrick Keating, Jaap Kooijman, and Michael Talbott) published videographic essays that they started at the workshop in the journal [in]Transition, via a special issue emerging from the workshop. Two other participants, John Gibbs and Jason Mittell, published videos from the workshop in other issues of [in]Transition. Other workshop participants have become active videographic critics as well, including Corey Creekmur, Tracy Cox-Stanton, and Liz Greene.

Workshop conveners Christian Keathley and Jason Mittell published a short book, The Videographic Essay: Criticism in Sound & Image (caboose books, 2016), that discussed the workshop’s approach and exercises. The book also featured short pieces by workshop guests Catherine Grant, Eric Faden, and Kevin B. Lee. To supplement the book, a Scalar site compiles examples of workshop-produced videographic exercises. A revision of the book of the book (co-authored by Catherine Grant) was released in 2019, but is currently unavailable due to issues with the publisher.

Since the initial workshop, three more iterations have been offered – two additional special issues of [in]Transition have presented work from the 2017 workshop, and in total more than 20 workshop alumni have had their work published by the journal. Through the four workshops, 58 participants have become part of the broader community of videographic criticism, seeking to infuse their teaching and research with this emerging mode of digital scholarship. The majority of participants have regarded the Middlebury workshop as one of the highlights of their academic careers.