About the convenors

Dr Judith Aston is Co-founder of i-Docs and an Associate Professor in Film and Digital Arts at the University of the West of England in Bristol. She has an interdisciplinary background in anthropology, geography, interaction design and media practice. As an active member of the University’s Digital Cultures Research Centre, she is also an experienced tutor and PhD supervisor. At the heart of her work is the desire to put evolving media technologies into the service of promoting multi-perspectival thinking and understanding. She has published widely on this and her current collaboration with Dr Stefano Odorico on ‘The Poetics and Politics of Polyphony’ is the latest manifestation of this ongoing endeavour.

Dr Stefano Odorico is a lecturer, a curator and a filmmaker, currently lecturing at the Technological University of the Shannon (Ireland). He is the co-director of the International Research Centre for Interactive Storytelling (IRIS) and Visiting Research Fellow at Leeds Trinity University (UK). He has published numerous works on film and media theory and practice, documentary studies, and interactive documentaries. He is the co-organiser of the Interactive Media and Film Conference (IFM), co-editor of the Interactive Film and Media Journal, and a co-founder and member of the consultative board of Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen Media. He is currently collaborating with Dr Judith Aston on a project focusing on polyphonic documentary theory and practice.

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