Reader in Multiplatform Media at Bath Spa University, Dr Matthew Freeman, will host a public Research Seminar on the 14th of March, in Eldon Building, room 1.08, between 3.30 pm and 5.00 pm.
The seminar is open to staff, students, and members of the public.
The Seminar is entitled Disarmed: Transmedia Education as the Reconstruction of Colombian Cultural Memory, and is based on Matthew’s current work and findings from Desarmados (Disarmed).
Desarmados (Disarmed), is an international research project, which aims to harness commercial ideas about transmedia storytelling as a tool for documenting the Colombian citizens of Medellín and for narrativizing their memories of the Colombian Armed Conflict as an education resource for children.
A multiplatform project supported by the Colombian Ministry of Culture and the Colombia Government, Desarmados seeks to reconstruct the cultural memory of the Colombian armed conflict, and develop workshops with secondary schools in Medellin to help test out new transmedia
storytelling education materials as modes of social enterprise between survivors and civil society.
In doing so, the project raises salient questions to do with how digital media platforms can best operate in an educational arena, what the limits of this might be, and also how the limits of transmedia storytelling – itself so commonly understood as a commercial media practice associated with Hollywood franchises and marketing – may be expanded to that which rebuilds broken communities and helps to bind people together in a common social cause.
To contact Matthew, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
This lecture is a part of a series of Research Seminars, organised by Lincoln Geraghty, Stephen Harper, Laurel Forster, and Deborah Shaw; hosted by the Culture and Conflict Research Group, and the Media, Culture and Communication Research Group.
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