Implicating Practice: Engaged Scholarship Through Co-creative Media

Alexandra, Darcy (2017). Implicating Practice: Engaged Scholarship Through Co-creative Media. In: Digital Storytelling in Higher Education (pp. 335-353). Palgrave MacMillan 10.1007/978-3-319-51058-3_23

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This chapter centers co-creative scriptwriting and the intellectual and aesthetic labor of two research practitioners as a means to explore digital storytelling as a form of engaged scholarship. It draws from research with asylum seekers and refugees in Ireland that advanced a longitudinal (four years) and inquiry-based approach to digital storytelling. Research findings indicate that this approach to digital storytelling facilitated dynamic opportunities for engaged inquiry into the asylum regime, recognition of storytellers and stories, and sustained encounters of narrative exchange. In particular, co-creative scriptwriting served as a vehicle for learning from and about research subjects in more equitable ways. In contrast to the rules of storytelling enforced in asylum proceedings, the monologues created by research practitioners are more akin to poetic meditations than to legal testimony or political confession. Of equal importance for consideration is the narrative time of the stories–in terms of the time it took to think through and compose them, and the lifespan and relationships these stories reveal. The reflexive use of digital storytelling raises questions related to the inherent complexities of participatory knowledge production through media practice. These issues are discussed coupled with theoretical considerations from visual and cultural anthropology.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Social Anthropology

UniBE Contributor:

Alexandra, Darcy


300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology


Palgrave MacMillan




Darcy Alexandra

Date Deposited:

02 May 2018 12:18

Last Modified:

05 Dec 2022 15:10

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

asylum seekers, migration, Europe, Ireland, digital storytelling, co-creative practice, aesthetic labor, scriptwriting




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