Redefining place and belonging through locative media and digital storytelling

Referring Tools: 
GPS drawing, Google Earth, Photo sharing
Never before has mobility been so prevalent in Europe. The opening of borders (Schengen convention), economic exchanges and reciprocity agreements among Europe countries have created a continental rather than a national scale, where job seekers, families, students, etc., have become increasingly mobile. As these economic, technological and regulatory scenarios develop, individuals are confronted with relocation, and becoming acquainted with a new neighbourhood, a new “locale”. Communities are faced with the task of welcoming new populations; a reflection on Roma communities will be particularly relevant to the reflection on new media and human rights. How are these proliferating relocations affecting youth today? How are they appropriating the phenomena with fresh roots, new language and shifting identities? The aim of this unit is to re-examine the concept of place and displacement in Europe. It stem from the premise that documenting a place through storytelling (narratives posted online and geographically referenced) stimulates one’s identification with a place and represents an opportunity to claim shared ownership and responsibility for it. With sense of place comes a sense of belonging to a community that can counterbalance phenomena of social exclusion and discrimination.
Ana Boa Ventura and Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard, Pestalozzi Programme, Council of Europe
Target group: 
Teachers secondary level, all subjects