Since 2007 Darcy Alexandra has designed and directed participatory research projects that center audiovisual production as a means of inquiry and public engagement. Drawing from anthropology, critical pedagogy and documentary film studies and practice, Dr. Alexandra has developed the participatory media genre of “Digital Storytelling” into a longitudinal and inquiry-based approach of engaged ethnography. Produced within a community of practice, this research has resulted in several series of short, first person, documentary essays and landmark screenings in Europe and the Americas. In her presentation, she will discuss the theoretical underpinnings, and the affordances and challenges of the approach through one case study.
Darcy Alexandra holds a PhD from the Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. She specializes in visual anthropology and social documentary practices. Her commissions include the Dublin City Council, the Forum on Migration and Communications and the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. She has taught digital storytelling in Europe and the United States and conducted research in the United States-Mexico borderlands, El Salvador, Uruguay, Cuba and Ireland. This spring, she is teaching digital storytelling at the University of Bern, Department of Social Anthropology.