Natalia Andrievskikh is curating a digital storytelling project (soon to become a book) entitled : The Afterlife of Discarded Objects). This is the call for participants for the project. Send in your narratives!
We are seeking contributors to a digital project that explores the stories that discarded objects can tell about our history and culture. This non-fiction storytelling project depends on public participation through sharing memories about playing with, collecting, preserving, or making art from what we might broadly label as trash, waste, or unwanted items. We invite you to contribute your own narratives as we seek to understand the ways in which diverse experiences contribute to the mosaic of our individual and collective histories. Together these stories will highlight the power of imagination to (re)create history and serve as testimony to the potential of material objects to shape our cultural landscape.
Your contribution can be as short or as long as you like – a brief recollection of a childhood moment or a lengthier piece of writing — anything you wish to share. We especially welcome contributions that explore the topic from an environmental perspective, gender relations, race or class, as well as contributions that add to the geographic scope of the project.
All submissions are featured on an interactive map that links each story and storyteller to the particular place where the narrative is situated, inviting the on-looker to zoom out and observe social, political, and economic linkages between cultures.
To share your story, please go to the project’s website:
Thank you for taking part in this collective storytelling endeavor.
Graduate Student Christopher L. Southward has recently presented a paper at Pompeu Fabra University.