Staging life stories on the web: the Small Histories project and performances of reconstruction

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Schutt, Stefan (2008) Staging life stories on the web: the Small Histories project and performances of reconstruction. In: Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (OZCHI'08) --- Designing for Habitat and Habitus, December 8th-12th 2008, Cairns, Australia.


This paper discusses the Small Histories website, a work-in progress that aims to create an online network of interlinked personal narratives by facilitating the creation and sharing of life stories. It investigates ways the Internet can support the urge to tell and share one’s personal history, and explores some attendant issues. The question is raised: can personal and communal identity be reconstructed through web-based performances in the form of shared online narratives? In response, this paper poses the proposition that the Internet can be deployed as a performance space, with tools made available for people to gather and unite fragments from the traumatic past, and present them to an online audience.

Item type Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Work-Based Education Research Centre (WERC)
Historical > SEO Classification > 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
Historical > FOR Classification > 1902 Film, Television and Digital Media
Historical > RFCD Classification > 420000 Language and Culture
Keywords Web 2.0, social software, social networking, sociable media, Internet narrative, online narrative, narrative research, hypertext, cybertext
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