WHEN WE OBSERVE AND INTERPRET THROUGH THE LENS OF A WITNESS, WE ARE ENCOURAGED TO PAY ATTENTION TO THE MOTIVES THAT UNDERLINE OUR ETHNOGRAPHIC INQUIRY.
The Collaborative Digital Storytelling Hub invites dialogue around our work with cultures and communities. What privilege do we assume when we authorize ourselves to tell someone else's story? The digital storytelling approach informs methods for working with communities with humility. Digital storytelling practice helps us to deconstruct who we are as “experts” in this work – illuminating our own positionality as researchers. As we set out to represent and document, might digital storytelling suggest a complementary approach – one that foregrounds community “voice” and sends a clear message to the communities we work with that their perspectives – their stories – are critical to take into account? These pages explore digital storytelling as an important complement to cultural research practice.