Current Projects

Projects that are currently being supported by the Center for Engaged Storycraft are listed here with tags indicating which of the center’s ongoing research themes they pursue.

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Sculptures in the Air Project

Embodied Story Practices

“Sculptures in the Air” is a project supported by a Digitizing Hidden Collections grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The grant program is made possible by funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Storytelling Practices and Spatial Relations On Site: Northern Ghana

Storytelling Practices and Spatial Relations On Site: Northern Ghana

Interactive Storytelling

Growing out of several workshops and exchanges with Dr. Helen Atawube Yitah, Professor of English at the University of Ghana, this project explores the potential of digital technologies to enhance understanding of oral, written, and multimedia storytelling practices generated at distinct cultural sites around the world. In Phase 1 of the project, Dr.

Interdisciplinary Digital Creation Workshop-Laboratory with l’Université de Paris 8

Interdisciplinary Digital Creation Workshop-Laboratory with l’Université de Paris 8

Interactive Storytelling

During fall semester 2018, three teams of RIT graduate and advanced undergraduate students joined graduate students at l’Université de Paris 8 students to develop creative digital installations of their own design.

Women & Power

Women & Power

Transformational Storytelling

In partnership with the pathbreaking Berkeley-based StoryCenter and the California State Library, the Center for Engaged Storycraft faculty are organizing a a series of gatherings at which stories relevant to women and power will be generated and shared as short video narratives. Exploring the dynamics of spaces, spatial-relations, power, listening, and sharing stories, CES will co-organize gatherings at multiple locations with select groups of storytellers to share stories from a range of scholars, activists, artists, scientists, students, and community partners.

Parking (Lots of Love) Art Installation

Parking (Lots of Love) Art Installation

Transformational Storytelling

Sometimes a parking lot is more than a parking lot. It’s history. It’s life. It’s love. Its story just needs to be excavated. Such is the case at the 297 Alexander Street parking lot downtown, the site of the first house inhabited by Anna and Frederick Douglass in 1848 when they moved to Rochester with their 4 kids. A fifth would be born the following year. The Douglass family welcomed freedom seekers into their home there, a stop on the Underground Railroad. Today this remarkable piece of history has fallen victim to the 1954 blades of bulldozers and urban renewal.

Documentary Film Series 2019

Documentary Film Series 2019

Storycraft

Throughout the spring semester 2019, CES is organzing a documentary film series with screenings on Thursday evenings in the new Magic Spells Studies theater.  Faculty from Photojournalism, Film and Animation, Science and Technology Studies, Photography, Visual Culture,  English, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Communication will join documentary filmmakers and local filmmakers, scholars, and artists involved in documentary film to discuss these films on Thursday evenings. 

Research Themes

Gesture, Performance, and Embodied Story Practices
 

Gesture, Performance, and Embodied Story Practices

Current media practices and cross-cultural circulations of narrative and diverse story traditions have brought renewed attention to storytelling’s basis in bodies and to its unfolding through embodied relations, nonverbal gestures, and in complex conversation with physical dimensions of space, time, and environment. 

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Interactive Storytelling
 

Interactive Storytelling

One of the primary drivers increasing interest in storytelling today is low-cost, portable, networked digital technologies and the development of easy to use, non-specialist apps for the collecting, editing, disseminating, and metadata tagging of story practices.

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Transformational Storytelling
 

Transformational Storytelling

This research focuses on the creation of story as this crosses and/or recombines traditional and emergent media and disciplines and publics in ways designed to significantly transform their understanding, behavior, interaction, movement, affective and interpersonal relationality, geographies, or other aspects of day-today living.

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Data Meets Story
 

Data Meets Story

This area of research addresses the omnipresent, yet diverse combinations of data and story that inform knowledge-building, communication, socio-political, and economic life.

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Storycraft Research Theme
 

Storycraft

This area invites researchers, writers, creators, creative technologists, educators, and diverse makers to examine their own or others’ storycraft, their practical application of unique combinations of story and technologies or techniques of making. It encourages projects that develop creative, analytical, craft, and/or technological skills for telling stories and fiction-making, more broadly, with attention to different modes and kinds of engagement.

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