Department of Mass Communication organized a lecture by Professor Dale Hudson on Monday, March 27 2019. Professor Dale is associated with the Film and News Media Program of New York University, Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). He has authored and co-authored a number of publications and curated several online exhibitions. His research interests include media and visual culture in relation to globalization, postcolonial and transnational migrations, and environmentalism. Ms Rachel Hasan, Chairperson, Department of Mass Communication welcomed Mr Hudson at the event. Dr Waseem Anwar, Faculty, English Department and Dr Nukhbah Langah, Dean of Humanities were also present at the event. Mass Communication faculty and students were among the attendees.
The title of Professor Hudson’s talk was “Invisible Geographies: Interactive Documentaries and Postcolonial Historiographies.” Professor Hudson discussed selected interactive documentaries that run on digital platforms and explained how these interactive non-fiction documentaries are helping to map and activate “invisible geographies.”
He discussed several projects including DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency), Landing Lahore, iNAKBA, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project and The Shore Line. Each of these projects uses interactive methods to develop understanding and empathy of contemporary conflicts. While discussing the project Professor Hudson explained that DAAR is an attempt to reimage and reuse the actual structure of domination in the region of Palestine. Project Landing Lahore aims at correcting the misunderstanding regarding the city by publishing the stories of local tour guides and their relationship to the city of Lahore. Landing Lahore uses unconventional, open source documentary methods where people contributed their stories about the city of Lahore. Project iNakba is an interactive App which spreads awareness about the destruction of Palestine over the period of time. In this project, people contribute images and videos in order to create awareness and knowledge of the areas lost to Jewish population during armed conflict. Next project under discussion was Anti-Eviction Mapping Project which campaigns through data visualization and data analysis against the displacement of people in complex, modern, industry-driven social world. It creates resistance against the eviction of the locals due to gentrification of landscapes. Last project, The Shore Line is created in the form of a story book which creates awareness and emphasizes the need of responsibility adults should take about the ideas children should know. This project through various illustrations advocates sustainable future. In the conclusion of his talk, Professor Hudson discussed various features of interactive documentaries and answered the student questions regarding the talk.