Storytelling Practices and Spatial Relations On Site: Northern Ghana

Storytelling Practices and Spatial Relations On Site: Northern Ghana

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. Yitah will gather videos of oral stories from Northern Ghana and Professor Laura Shackelford, Sharon Beckford-Foster, and Ammina Kothari will join her in designing a web-based platform to enable their dissemination and accessibility for reading and research globally. Phase 2 of the project will seek out funding to expand the initial site-specific archive to include stories gathered by contributors ‘on site’ from other regions around the world. The project intends to put pressure on the question of what digital humanisms currently and might actually enable and require, exploring the potential of narratives to (re)circulate locally and globally in more culturally-informed and politically empowering ways.