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.
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.
ENGL 1102: "We Understand Them, Do We Not?" Narrative and Empathy in Fictional Form(s)
The world we live in requires us to understand others who are very different from us; in many cases, our future (and lives) depends upon it. Scholars in cognitive science, psychology, and neuroscience have recently argued that reading literary fiction can improve our empathetic understanding of other people. Literary fiction can arguably be a bridge between ourselves and the minds, intentions, and thoughts of others. This 1102 course will focus on how literary fiction engages our empathetic understanding of the world and others.