Session 2: Citizen Participation in Co-constructing Narratives on European Heritage
Lecturer: Dr. Nicole Basaraba | Postdoctoral researcher at Studio Europa Maastricht
Time and date: Tuesday 21 September (16.00-18.00)
This lecture will introduce the advantages and challenges of citizen participation in the co-construction of European heritage. The concept of “public history” will be introduced and its impact on the sharing of authority between subject-matter experts (i.e., historians) and citizens. The common methods used to gather citizen contributions to heritage making, including crowdsourcing, will be presented. The results of these participatory methods will be contextualised within examples of digital humanities projects (e.g., Europe’s Time Machine) and digital storytelling formats. Some popular genres used for the presentation of heritage narratives include virtual museum exhibitions, mobile applications, and interactive web documentaries.
- Spurgeon, C., Burgess, J., Klaebe, H., McWilliam, K., Tacchi, J. A., and Tsai, Y. H. (2009). Co-creative media: theorising digital storytelling as a platform for researching and developing participatory culture. In Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2009 (pp. 274-286). Australian and New Zealand Communication Association. https://eprints.qut.edu.au/25811/1/25811.pdf.
- Noordegraaf, J., Bartholomew, A., and Eveleigh, A. (2014, February). Modeling crowdsourcing for cultural heritage. In Museums and the Web (pp. 25-37). https://mw2014.museumsandtheweb.com/paper/modeling-crowdsourcing-for-cultural-heritage/.
- Time Machine Project [Video – 27 March 2019]. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlvTARiC5fM
Specific learning outcomes
- An introduction to the disciples of digital humanities and public history.
- An overview of methods for conducting community-engaged research on topics of heritage.
- An understanding of emerging formats of digital narratives.
- Hands-on experience in developing a co-creation project plan for heritage narratives.
Dr. Nicole Basaraba is a postdoctoral researcher at Studio Europa Maastricht, Maastricht University. Her research focuses on the creative practices for developing and evaluating interactive digital narratives for cultural heritage, tourism, public history, and digital humanities projects. As part of the Working on Europe programme with Studio Europa, she is investigating the emerging concept of creative placemaking and how the techniques can be used to contribute to storytelling about the heritage and identity of citizens in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion. Basaraba holds a PhD in Digital Humanities from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and a Master of Arts in Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta (Canada). After submitting her PhD thesis, Basaraba completed a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Centre for Contemporary and Digital History at the University of Luxembourg. Her work as been published in Frontiers of Narrative Studies, New Review of Hypermedia and Multimedia, and her monograph titled ‘Transmedia for Cultural Heritage: Remixing History’ is forthcoming with Routledge, UK.
What is the YUFE Academy?
Working on Europe YUFE Academy is a series of student-based, research-centred lectures jointly organised by the Maastricht University and Studio Europa Maastricht under the Young Universities for the Future of Europe (YUFE) alliance. Even though the program was developed with students in mind, you do not have to be a student to participate in the lectures, everyone is welcome to join!
The upcoming lecture series aims to provide unique and interdisciplinary research on Europe and European integration. Fostered through a proactive and critical debate, students will be engaged in exploring the most relevant concerns of the European Project and discover their role in shaping its future.
This year’s programme will feature five interconnected, two-hour sessions. The aim of the academy is to introduce the students to the topics of European inequalities, citizens’ participation and heritage, executive federalism, migration, and welfare. Enrolled students will be able to attend all lectures or participate in individual lectures that are of interest to them.
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Participation is free of charge.
The registration portal will be open until September 10, 2021.
The number of participants is limited to 150.