Videographic Scholarship / Crítica videográfica

Videographic criticism allows us to not simply write on films, but with them. Using tools made possible via increasingly accessible technologies, practitioners use digital sound and moving images to construct arguments in ways that emerge or diverge from the possibilities of the written essay. Videographic criticism employs approaches from the explanatory to the poetic. This emerging mode of critical analysis and scholarship is increasingly being used in the classroom, as well. The contents of this section of Cinegogia are meant not to define its pedagogical possibilities, but rather these materials show some of the ways in which videographic criticism is being integrated into the classroom studying Latin American film and media studies. - Nicolas Poppe, Middlebury College Ensayo videográfico de Michelle L. Farrell, presentado como parte de la sesión "Video-ensayo: Teória, Práxis, y Pedagogía" (LASA Annual Congress, 2023)

What does videographic criticism look like?

Here a few recent examples in Spanish and English that focus on Latin American cinema. 

Workshops & Resources

Ready to get involved? Here are some professional development and networking resources that can help you find colleagues who are interested in videographic criticism. 

Publication Venues for Videographic Criticism

  • Film Criticism, peer-reviewed, online publication bringing together scholarship in the field of cinema and media studies since 1975.
  • [in]Transition, Journal of Videographic Films and Moving Image Studies, first journal devoted exclusively to peer reviewed publication of videographic scholarly work in English
  • Mediático, media and film studies blog, showcasing a diverse array of research, news, views and perspectives on Latin(o/a) American, Spanish and Portuguese media cultures
  • Tecmerin: Revista de Ensayos Audiovisuales, publicación semestral de vídeo ensayos, con revisión por pares, que intenta ocupar un espacio inexistente en el ámbito de la investigación en español
  • Vivomatografías, revista de estudios sobre precine y cine silente en Latinoamérica
  • 16:9, a Danish journal of film studies with articles and peer reviewed video-essays published in English (five times/year). 

Further Reading

Want to learn more? Below are some recent publications about videographic criticism and possible directions for the future of the field.