John Hartley at ‘Create, Act, Change: The Fifth International Digital Storytelling Conference and Exhibition’

CCAT director, John Hartley was a keynote speaker for ‘Create, Act, Change: The Fifth International Digital Storytelling Conference and Exhibition’. The event was held at the Hacettepe University in Ankara from 6-10 May 2013 and was hosted by Dr Burcu Şimşek, who has pioneered digital storytelling among women’s groups in Turkey.

‘Create, Act, Change: The Fifth International Digital Storytelling Conference and Exhibition’, held at the Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, from 6-10 May 2013.Right: Dr Burcu Şimşek, Hacettepe University: conference convener and host

John’s talk focused on how advocates can shift digital storytelling from self-expression to signalling, in the context of competition from many other digital attractions. What can self-expression learn from scaled-up communication? View John Hartley’s digital storytelling presentation, with interactive links.

Create, Act, Change: The Fifth International Digital Storytelling Conference and Exhibition’Digital storytelling is a multimedia form of communication that combines self-expression (ordinary non-professional people telling their own stories) with facilitated workshops where experts can help participants to hone their skills in both storytelling and digital media. Many different types of organisation offer workshops, including arts and cultural institutions, educational, healthcare and therapeutic agencies. Digital storytelling has also been used to powerful effect by activists and advocates, including community organisations, women’s groups, Indigenous people, GLBTI groups, people concerned with conservation, the environment, and many others.

Image above: Students from the School of Communication at Hacettepe University welcome the 5th International Digital Storytelling Conference

There is a growing body of scholarship specialising in self-representation, DIY media, and digital storytelling. One of the first books on the scene was edited by John Hartley and Kelly McWilliam, Story Circle: Digital Storytelling Around the World, published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2009. There is also an active international research network, with regular conferences held across the world.

CCAT will continue to collaborate with digital storytelling initiatives internationally and in Australia. John Hartley is a chief investigator on a current ARC Linkage project, ‘Digital Storytelling and Co-Creative Media,’ which links researchers from QUT, Swinburne, and Curtin with partners including The Australia Council for the Arts, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in Melbourne, and Goolarri Media in Broome.

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