Workshop on Participatory Media and CoCreation Practices in New Media

Elizabeth (Liz) Liz Miller and Dorit Naaman debut their new project, Participatory Media, a toolkit for makers to reflect on or plan documentary cocreation with communities

Mapping Participatory Media Workshop on Monday March 20

The Mapping Participatory Media Workshop
US launch!
With Elizabeth (Liz) Miller and Dorit Naaman, project designers and makers
with Claudia Costa Pederson, moderator 
March 20  4:00- 5:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Register in advance for this meeting:

Everyone is welcome: makers, scholars, and anyone interested in this new form and structure of documentary practice.

Cosponsored by the Park Center for Independent Media and The Edge


The Mapping Participatory Media project is the first systematic approach to this emerging area of documentary.

Explaining the back story of a participatory media project is a challenge. There are often multiple players, outcomes, and aspirations to account for. We tend to condense complex layers of experience into a simple linear story, which can obscure the disagreements, mistakes, unpredictable turns, and ongoing relationships that inform the project (and its “storying”).

In discussing this dilemma, Liz Miller and Dorit Naaman started to imagine a method and set of questions as the basis of a framework with which to narrate the robust story of a project’s lifetime, including the layering of methods, people, resources, and more.


Liz Miller

Elizabeth (Liz) Miller is a Professor in Communication Studies at Concordia University (Montreal) and a documentary maker with an expertise in environmental media. She uses collaboration and interactivity as a way to connect personal stories to larger social issues such as water privatization, gender, and climate change.  Her media projects such as Wastescapes, The Shore LineHands-on: Women, Climate, Change, and SwampScapes, have won awards and been screened in classrooms and at international festivals. She is the co-author of Going Public: The Art of Participatory Practice. 


Dorit Naaman is a documentary maker and professor of Film, Media and Cultural Studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She has released Jerusalem, We Are Here in 2016 The interactive and participatory documentary digitally brings back Palestinians into the Jerusalem neighborhoods from which they were expelled during the 1948 war. Dorit is co-leading Research-Creation project titled The Belle Park Project:  This project brings together scientists, artists, historians and community members to produce works that make legible and visible the past of a park, sitting on a toxic landfill, which was originally a wetland. Dorit teaches documentary theory and production, Research-Creation, and together with Liz Miller designed a course in 2022 on Ethics, Affect and Participatory Culture.