Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Media and Communication


Using social media and the internet to archive marginalised voices

Leeds Humanities Research Institute, Seminar Room 2

How have marginalised groups used social media and the internet (website, twitter feeds and storifies, Youtube channels) to present their own versions of their community’s history?

Which have been the most popular formats and why?

What issues do such formats pose for the longevity and preservation of such projects and memories?

This is the first in a series of Sadler Seminars – ‘Visual archiving: Enriching the memorial landscape’ – designed to explore the different means by which community archives and histories are collected, preserved and disseminated.

The workshop will focus on ‘using social media and the internet to archive marginalised voices’.

Simon Popple and Antonio Martinez-Arboleda will discuss their research projects.

Simon is currently lead investigator on the Pararchive project and is interested in the role that digital archives can play in terms of empowerment and capacity building within the communities they represent. He explores the potential for using archival sources and structures as a basis for creative practice and digital storytelling.

Antonio was one of the co-investigators on the Open Lives project which sought to record the oral histories of Spanish Migrants to the UK and to develop open educational resources based on their stories. He is now working with students in LCS to record and archive voices from other migrant communities in Leeds.

The presentations will be followed by an open discussion regarding the opportunities and challenges associated with using social media and the internet to archive the voices and experiences of marginalised communities.




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