Use of Film and Other Multi-Modal Formats in Contemporary Social Scientific Research

Tuesday, September 27 12:00-1:30pm 

Houston Hall Class of '49 Auditorium 




Dean Jackson will explore the use of film and other multi-modal formats in contemporary social scientific research, especially ethnographic/qualitative research. Jackson is part of a team of scholars at Penn and beyond who have been trying to think carefully and holistically about how film and other non-traditional formats can most effectively serve as conduits for the construction and circulation of compelling scholarship. He will also talk about the founding of CAMRA ( and EE (formerly PIVPE), two Penn-based initiatives organized around creating visual and performative research projects and determining how best to assess them when scholars come up for promotion and tenure.


Speaker Bio: 

John L. Jackson, Jr., PhD's research examines racial and class-based differences in contemporary urban environments, including a focus on how urbanites themselves theorize and deploy those differences in everyday interactions. His scholarship uses ethnographic research methods to extend and expand Critical Race Theory as an analytical and explanatory framework for understanding contemporary social conflicts.

Dr. Jackson’s work also critically explores how film and other non-traditional or multi-modal formats can be most effectively utilized in specifically scholarly research projects, and he is one of the founding members of CAMRA ( and PIVPE, two Penn-based initiatives organized around creating visual and performative research projects—and producing rigorous criteria for assessing them.

Finally, his work also examines how contemporary urban religions are being mobilized to improve health literacy and health outcomes in poor and underserved communities around Philadelphia and all across the world.