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Personal Space: Narrative, Crowdsourcing, and the Production of Digital Geography

Narrative theory has been refined considerably since Gennete's Narrative Discourse (1983). However, today, many western approaches continue to adopt a structuralist approach, which places an emphasis on the formal development of 'happenings' through time,  and on literal concepts, such as characters, places, objects and events. Such approaches are inevitably rooted in, and ultimately informed by text, and to a lesser extent, oral traditions, where narrative is seen as a means to make information communicated through these media meaningful, both to the narrator and the audience/reader. However, such a theoretical framework is tested to its limits when applied to spatial narratives; that is to say narratives which are meaningful only when in the contexts of place and location, and of the experience of these. Drawing largely on the speaker's current work on Cyprus, this talk will look at how spatial narratives are created through crowdsourcing; and ask how truly co-produced spatial knowledge - the ultimate aim of many of those working in crowdsourcing in the humanities - can challenge, or even replace, the kind of structuralist narrative discourses that have dominated the field in the past.

About the speaker:
Stuart Dunn is a visiting scholar from the King's College London, where he lectures at the Centre for e-Research.



Thursday, October 23, 2014. 01:00PM


Wallenberg Hall, 4th floor - CESTA conference room, Rm. 433A


Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis