This session of Waterloo Women's Wednesdays features talks by two faculty members whose research explores the use of digital storytelling by marginalized groups. All women and non-binary grad students, post-docs, staff, and faculty members are invited to attend.
Kimberly Lopez – “We are not a machine”: Hearing Embodied Stories of Care to Support Sustainable Caring Work
Abstract: Racialized women working in long-term care (LTC) homes as personal support workers (PSWs) are over-represented in labours of care when compared to other sectors of the workforce. Physical and emotional stresses of the body are intimately linked to labours of caring. Critical narrative inquiry, critical race and feminist theories, and the perspectives of labouring bodies contextualize corporeal stories of invisibility as a result of intricate, complex, and intersectional marginalization experienced in care settings. Towards change in LTC home processes, this presentation discusses body mapping and digital storytelling as transformative methods that support the critique of care processes rooted in social structures working to racialize, gender, and class bodies. Four recommendations for care practice reform towards self-preserving and restorative care structures will also be presented.
Kimberly Lopez’s research examines social structures and processes that reinforce difference and marginalization. She values working collaboratively, creatively, and digitally to amplify Othered meanings of identity, leisure, labour, care, aging, and well-being. Her research reflects on the intertwined practices of leisure and labour –practices inextricably linked to the social through labelled and socialized bodies.
Aynur Kadir – Collaborative Indigenous Media: Participatory design for Indigenous Art and Cultural Heritage
Abstract: Heritage institutions such as Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAMs) embrace digital technology to tell intangible stories about their tangible artifacts and to make these stories accessible to the public they serve. However, the collaborative nature of this process is known in the industry to be expensive, time-consuming, and most importantly, challenging to adequately represent the narrative sensibilities of Indigenous Knowledge. How can researchers work with community stakeholders and GLAMs to facilitate the representation of Indigenous art and cultural heritage and their intangible qualities? This presentation analyzes two virtual museum projects and three physical exhibitions that present large scale Indigenous multimedia artefacts (co-designed by the speaker) to assess and analyze the challenges and benefits of collaborative methodology and its future direction.
Aynur Kadir’s research focuses on practices and theories of design and the study of interactive multimedia in the humanities, ethnographic practice and museum curation. She works with local communities in northwest China, in the Pacific Northwest and in the Six Nation Territories to develop digital media that document, manage, safeguard, and represent Indigenous cultural heritage.
This event is sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and departments of Recreation & Leisure and Communication Arts.
W3 (Waterloo Women's Wednesdays) is a monthly gathering of women and non-binary grad students, post-docs, staff, and faculty that (usually) meets on the last Wednesday of each month. W3 events are sponsored by the Faculty Association and Staff Association and coordinated by a committee of faculty, staff, post-doctoral researchers, and graduate students. Get the full line-up of 2019 events here.
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