The 2017 issue of Béascna, the Journal of Folkolore and Ethnology from University College Cork has just been published.
On Wednesday 8th February I will be doing my final(!) DAH Colloquium presentation of my research in the DH Active Learning Space in UCC. My topic will be writing up DH work/practice as an ethnographic/autoethnographic narrative.
Continue reading The elf in my thesis
My research is carried out in collaboration with the Cork Folklore Project (http://www.ucc.ie/en/cfp/), in particular working with the Cork Memory Map (see www.cork.storiesofplace.org). This is an oral history online map, and memory lies at the heart of the oral historian’s work:
The oral historian, broadly speaking, asks people questions to discover four things: what happened, how they felt about it, how they recall it, and what wider public memory they draw upon. At the heart of this lies memory. (Abrams 2010, 78)
Tomorrow, 30 June 2016, I will be doing a short talk about digital oral history maps (specifically the ones that I am working on in collaboration with the Cork Folklore Project) at the Landscape Values: Place and Praxis conference at National University of Ireland, Galway. The title is “Stories of Place. Presenting the local in an online world” and notes are available here.
I see oral history maps as a form of thick mapping. This includes my own particular practice, in collaboration with the Cork Folklore Project, of creating digital oral history maps of Cork. (If not yet quite “thick” enough to qualify as thick maps – the aim is that these can be added to so that they can eventually become “thick”.) These maps are online representations of Cork city, where audio stories (excerpts from oral history interviews) are pinned to points on the map. The audio stories include anecdotes about what happens in these places as well as narratives of personal, embodied experiences of place.
Continue reading Iterations, meaning and re-negotiation of meaning
Thick mapping is an idea derived from Geertz’s idea of thick description (Presner et al. 2014, 11). It is a method of doing ethnography – extensive description about cultural context and meaning – a path to understanding (see an outline of Thick Description and Geertz’s use of it here http://culturalstudiesnow.blogspot.ie/2012/05/clifford-geertzs-thick-description.html).
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Traditional. Home. Real. Irish-owned. Safe. Mixed. Characteristic (meaning full of character). Love. Struggling. Local.
These are some of the words used to describe North Main Street in Cork during oral history interviews. They were selected in response to the question: “If you could choose three words to describe North Main Street, what would they be?” The words convey a mix of different attitudes, from the extremely personal, to those looking for the unique selling point for the street, to the realistic/pragmatic perspective on how the street seems today. Continue reading Some words…