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I-Docs as intervention: The poetics and politics of polyphony

Aston, Judith; Odorico, Stefano


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Dr Judith Aston
Wallscourt Associate Professor in Immersive Media

Stefano Odorico


This special issue aims to analyse, reflect and raise questions on approaches to polyphony and complexity within i-docs. It also aims to begin to critically theorise this within the wider context of how media research methods can influence knowledge generation across different disciplines. We are interested in the use of i-docs as an interventionist form in any area of research, whether it is part of a participatory process, a tool for data analysis or activism, a reflexive exploration of new and creative methodologies or a dialogical machine. Furthermore, we are interested in how the creation of a theoretical tool within a Bakthinian framework of analysis implies the inclusion of the concept of “carnival” and “carnivalisation” of different aspects of the i-doc form itself.


Aston, J., & Odorico, S. (2018). I-Docs as intervention: The poetics and politics of polyphony. Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media, 15, 1-8

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 9, 2018
Publication Date Oct 9, 2018
Deposit Date Nov 22, 2018
Publicly Available Date Nov 22, 2018
Journal Alphaville Journal of Film and Screen Media
Print ISSN 2009-4078
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 15
Pages 1-8
Keywords polyphony, heteroglossia, Bakhtin, i-docs, interactive documentary, idocs, open documentary, docmedia, documentary studies
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