Digital Storytelling – Practices, Potential and Limits to Communication

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation ElectiveSES2012154

Semester and Year Offered: Semester III or IV

Course Coordinator and Team: SurajitSarkar(C)

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Pre-requisites: None


  • To provide an overview of digital communication in the contemporary world.
  • To develop digital storytelling and narrative making skills, both self-generated and based on listening to others.
  • To develop communication skills with the subject.
  • To understand important aspects of interviewing and audio recording.
  • To prepare students with skills for handling equipment to carry out digital AV recording, editing and dissemination, both on-line and off-line.

Course Outcomes:

By the end of this course the students will be able to:

  • Mark out the steps in digital storytelling.
  • Identify and use storytelling skills and develop a narrative on paper in visual frames.
  • Identify sources of knowledge – codified and un-codified, life histories and sources of interdisciplinary knowledge.
  • Understand the use of oral techniques and fieldwork to unravel the experiential aspects of recollection

Brief description of the Modules

Module 1: Storytelling and Communication – Born Digital, and pre-Digital (analog).

Module 2: Digital techniques, practices and audio-visual equipment.

Module 3: Usingmemory and experience – from Digital archives to Social Media - Histories of everyday lives, livelihoods and as sources of intangible knowledge. Aspects of Orality – from ethnography, literature and films.

Module 4: The Social in Storytelling.Developing Oral Narratives – methodologies and interpersonal processes.Co-authorship and building contributions. Ethics – privacy, consent and copyright.

Indicative Reading List:

  • Dalrymple, William. Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred and Modern India. Bloomsbury, 2009.
  • Lanning, Greg; Television History Workshop, Project No 1: The Brixton Tapes, History Workshop, No. 12 Pg 183-88; 1981 (as pdf)
  • McDougall, D. Transcultural Cinema, Princeton University Press, 1998
  • Panos Institute ; Giving voice: Implementing oral testimony projects, Panos, London, 2003 (as pdf)
  • Sontag, Susan .On photography. Penguin: Harmondsworth 1977.
  • Pinney, C. and Peterson N. (eds). 2003. Photography’s other histories. Durham: Duke University Press.
  • Banks, M. ,Visual Methods in Social Research. London: Sage. 2001
  • Ghosh, Amitav, In an Antique Land: History in the guise of a traveller's tale. Vintage Books, 1994.
  • Grimshaw, A. The Ethnographer's Eye: Ways of Seeing in Modern Anthropology, Cambridge University Press, 2001.
  • Ledwith, Margaret, and Jane Springett. Participatory Practice: Community Based Action for Transformatory Change. Bristol: Polity Press, 2010.
  • Thompson, Paul: The Voice of the Past, 3rd edn, OUP , 2000
  • Portelli, Alessandria. The Death of Luigi Trastulli and other stories: Form and Meaning in Oral History. State University of New York Press, 1991.
  • Clifford, James. The Predicament of Culture: 20 Century Ethnography, Literature and Art, Harvard University Press, 1988.