World Wide Narratives: Amplifying Story-Telling and Listening with Mobile Devices
Abstract: This paper details the motivations for and implementation of a campus-wide program designed to broaden perspectives and inspire critical agency through the process of telling and listening to stories of lived experience. World Wide Narratives focuses on the untold stories of students, faculty, and staff, particularly those from marginalized communities, aiming to shift awareness of difference, prompt deeper reflection on our positions in the world, and provoke new approaches to addressing inequalities in educational institutions. The program impacts ten percent of the campus population through the recording process, screenings, trainings, curriculum integration, and climate assessment research. Technology is kept at a minimum in the production process in order to keep the focus on the face-to-face interaction surrounding the elicitation of the stories. However, we discuss the possibilities of open and participatory curation as an exciting future direction for the program.
Presider: Katja Weinerth, University of Luxembourg