Building participatory counternarratives: Pedagogical interventions through digital placemaking
Convergence: The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies
Places are filled with stories, with histories that shape how people understand the nature of a place. Places are unique sets of trajectories – each with a story – coming into contact. However, just as much as places are defined by their histories, they are also shaped by the histories that are forgotten, or far too often, actively suppressed through dominant narratives. After all, dominant media of spatial, public memory – for example, plaques and public monuments – often reproduce dominant narratives of a place, narratives created by the powerful. This project examines how digital placemaking can be deployed through locative technologies to push back on dominant spatial narratives and make places more polyvocal in consequential ways. In particular, through a project at Clemson University, we examine how locative storytelling applications can help students intervene in traditional narratives of place to engage with social justice and alternative histories.
Frith, J., & Richter, J. (2021). Building participatory counternarratives: Pedagogical interventions through digital placemaking. Convergence, 27(3), 696–710. https://doi.org/10.1177/1354856521991956
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