Object narratives, imaginings and multilingual communities: young people’s digital stories in the making

Macleroy, Vicky. 2019. 'Object narratives, imaginings and multilingual communities: young people’s digital stories in the making'. In: International Digital Storytelling Conference. Zakynthos Island, Greece 21-23 September 2018. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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This paper draws on research from a global 5-year project, Critical Connections: Multilingual Digital Storytelling (2012-2017), which links language and intercultural learning with literacy, active citizenship and the arts. A critical ethnographic approach was adopted in the research project and the multilingual digital stories were an integral part of the research process. With the project’s focus on multilingualism and creation of bilingual digital texts, young people had to imagine how to use language in new contexts, uncover narratives around objects, and negotiate interfaces between different cultural landscapes. The research findings revealed the complexity of multilingual digital storytelling and how young people (aged 6-18 years old) learnt to become meaning makers discovering their own voices in unfamiliar contexts. Through these digital stories the young people forged strong links with the past and created new multilingual communities.

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Additional Information:

Andreas Moutsios-Rentzos
Assistant Professor, Department of Primary Education, National and Kapodistrian, University of Athens
Andreas Giannakoulopoulos
Associate Professor, Department of Audio & Visual Arts, Ionian University
Michalis Meimaris
Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Communication and Media Studies, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies


24 December 2019Published Online

Event Location:

Zakynthos Island, Greece

Date range:

21-23 September 2018

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06 Jan 2020 11:50

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29 Apr 2020 17:23



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