What is the potential of digital storytelling in age or aging studies? What can interdisciplinary work do? What is the story behind your story?

This roundtable conversation took place following one month of intensive collaborative work on The Resemblage Project in May 2019. Participants Larissa Lac, Iqra Mahmood, Deborah Ocholi, Mia Sanders, and Xiaoli Yang were all Jackman Scholars-in- Residence during this period, with Andrea Charise as our project director. All were invited to reflect on the process of critical making and digital storytelling through open-ended prompts. Celeste Pang, Project Manager and Research Assistant, facilitated and transcribed the conversation, and all participants edited their contributions for clarity and public sharing.

This document captures the spirit of our group conversations, and provokes critical challenges to age studies and digital storytelling: from issues of race and representation (the “Unicef-esque”), the potentials of interdisciplinarity (“interdisciplinariness” and the sublime), to creative practice (“forced creativity”, tips on storyboarding, the generativity of the unresolved)—and readiness, or lack thereof, to decolonize these fields. It can be, we hope, a catalyst for further exploration. It certainly was and remains for us.



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Charise, A. M. Eginton. “Humanistic Perspectives: Arts and the Aging Mind.” In The Wiley Handbook on the Aging Mind and Brain.

Various authors. “Age Studies: Credos, Manifestos, Reflections.” In Age, Culture, Humanities.

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