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Going Digital as a Humanistic Imperative: The Challenges and Potentials of Producing Digital Products in Research, Teaching, and Advocacy in Folklore and Ethnology

Datum: 2017-03-22
Tid: 13.15 - 14.45
Plats: Humlab – under Universitetsbiblioteket (UB)
Evenemanget vänder sig till: studenter - allmänheten - anställda

American folklorists have a long engagement with community-rooted scholarship and advocacy. More and more, this commitment is shared by scholars on both sides of the "academic folklore"/"public folklore" divide that characterized the field of folklore studies at the time of Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett's seminal article of 1988 "Mistaken Dichotomies." Today, the rapid development of user-friendly digital tools—allowing, for instance, the production of a reasonable open-access film as a respectable product of scholarship—combines with a growing infrastructure for publishing on applied research to make it easier, and also more expected, that folklorists will produce digital products as part of their research. In this presentation, I present some very concrete ways in which a commitment to community advocacy and to building student digital communication skills can work advantageously in a research project connected with Ojibwe traditional arts and schooling in the Upper Midwest of the United States.

My discussion will focus on the work that went into two open-access products:

FILM. Marcus Cederström, Tom DuBois, and Tim Frandy. Birchbark Canoes and Wild Rice.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjMr7Hy4Vjc
Vimeo link: https://vimeo.com/170565548
first mounted June, 2016.

ARTICLE. Marcus Cederström, Tom DuBois, Tim Frandy, and Colin Gioia Connors. “Heritage Repatriation and Educational Sovereignty at an Ojibwe Public School” Journal of Folklore and Education 3 (2016): 31-41.
http://locallearningnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/Ojibwe-School-from-JFEv3-2.pdf 

Föreläsare: Thomas DuBois
Arrangör: Humlab & Vaartoe
Kontaktperson: Coppélie Cocq
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