Re-Mixing Pleasures: Challenging the Single Story  [Jamie A. Lee (PI)]

Submitted NEH Digital Humanities Advancement Grant / June 2017 to begin February 2018:  Re-Mixing Pleasures, a project of the Digital Storytelling & Oral History Lab (DS|OH), re-considers the limitations the ‘coming out’ narrative has played in the lives of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) individuals. This project moves beyond the singularity of the ‘coming out’ story and also of its authorship. Partnering with five LGBTQI archives, the project team will locally conduct digital storytelling workshops designed to move beyond such delimiting singularities. Applying re-mix as method to intervene in linear storytelling, workshops will enable multi-authored and playful digital stories that illuminate the pleasures in being LGBTQI. This project carries re-mix into its public-facing website where visitors—from classrooms to communities—are invited to create their own assemblage of stories to emphasize the multiplicity and varieties of human experience as well as the relational meaning-making practices, complexities, and ambiguities of being human.


Climate Alliance Mapping Project (CAMP)  [Tracey Osborne (PI) & Jamie A. Lee (Co-PI)]

Summer 2017: DS|OH Lab participants will collaboratively develop digital storytelling protocols to guide ‘in the field’ digital productions as self-represented lived experiences related to potentials and pitfalls of energy productions.

CAMP is the result of ongoing conversations about Public Political Ecology between Tracey Osborne and the former Executive Director of Amazon Watch, Atossa Soltani. Initially launched through Amazon Watch and Sierra Club, this Americas-wide initiative to advance climate equity identified mapping as a key strategy, and subsequently requested support from the University of Arizona CAMP team. With funding from the Switzer Foundation, CAMP was launched in August 2015 to collect energy data and develop web-based interactive maps. In December 2015, Amazon Watch presented CAMP’s website at the COP21 in Paris to highlight the work being done to identify and make transparent the efforts to keep fossil fuels in the ground. As the web-based mapping project was officially launched in May 2016, the maps have been initially used by Amazon Watch and Sierra Club with the over 50 Indigenous and environmental organizations. Through participation at the Uplift Conference and this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP22, participants of the Earth Guardians are engaging our website to educate their local communities about fossil fuel reserves and the importance of collecting multimedia documentation of environmental shifts over time to be able to tell the multiple stories of climate change. CAMP is currently working on developing the US map to include pipelines, spills, and renewable energy projects.