Digital Storytelling & Documentary Media

Digital Storytelling & Documentary Media

Visual Anthropology is the concept of engaging communities and cultures in their context using photography and videography. It stems from needfinding and ethnographic approaches found in the applied social sciences, and is used by designers and social scientists to understand cultures’ implicit attitudes and beliefs in order to better create solutions (e.g., products, services, businesses, policies, community programs, etc.). This big idea looks at two specific methods, digital storytelling through documentary media (photography and videography) and participatory research (engaging communities in context) in order to explore community engagement.

Atlanta Studies: Reading, Documenting, Digitizing

My course will focus on Atlanta histories, texts, and communities.  We will read fiction of and about Atlanta, and I hope to coordinate with SLS on an oral history project that either makes use of oral history archives already accessible at Georgia Tech or produces a new archive in collaboration with nearby communities.  In either case, we will work with both SLS and the Living Building to preserve and present our work.

Vertically Integrated Project: Civic Design

The purpose of this course is to research and develop information, communication, and media systems to address regional civic issues, using techniques from design, computing, and social sciences, in collaboration with government and community partners.  These systems will have real-world impact, and promote social sustainability, equity, and justice.

Documentary Film

 Documentaries help shed light on significant topics, and challenge their audiences to act on relevant issues of the day.  The objectives of this course are to introduce students to the art of documentary filmmaking, and to explore the ways in which documentary filmmaking can serve as a catalyst for articulating social justice issues that prompt audiences to take action.