The University of Alberta, in association with the Kule Institute for Advanced Studies (KIAS), would like to acknowledge and help further develop researchers’ interest in Digital Narratives Around the World by enabling researchers and students across campus and beyond to join forces and create a scholarly network dedicated to the support and the dissemination of cross-disciplinary research on digital narratives around the world.
A first step towards the implementation of this project was a one-day symposium aimed at bringing together researchers from the University of Alberta along with external collaborators, giving participants an opportunity to share their research and ideas through individual and team presentations. The objectives of this event were to identify the University of Alberta’s strengths in the field and possible synergies between research groups, to establish a roadmap for the planning of future events and projects, and to investigate the needs and provisions for current and future graduate students in this area.
Our discussions were enriched by advice and input from our distinguished keynote speaker and UofA alumna, Dr. Carolyn Guertin, Professor of Digital Technologies and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute of Technology. Delegates were invited to present on a wide range of possible topics and methodologies revolving around (de-)localized digital narratives and the cultural encounters of storytelling and computation around the world.
The symposium’s schedule, with links to the presenter’s abstracts, can be found below:
|9.00-9.30h||Registration & coffee|
|9.30-9.45h||Welcome & introductions (AE)|
|9.45-11.15h||Session 1: Dialogue – Dialectics – Activism (chair: Astrid Ensslin)
|11.30-12.30h||Keynote: Carolyn Guertin, “Transmedia Technoscapes and Imagined Worlds”|
|13.30h-14.45h||Session 2: Games – Codes – Artificial Intelligence (chair: Jérémie Pelletier-Gagnon)
|15.00-16.30h||Session 3: Frames – Spaces – Places (chair: Astrid Ensslin)
|16.30h-16.45h||Final discussion: Digital Narratives Around the World – Moving Forward|