Impact

Creating impact is an important issue in our POEM research. Impact has many forms and faces, beyond performance metrics it is hard to quantify, however often the non-metrical effects are the most relevant ones. Here we provide examples of POEM impact.

Publications

POEM fellows are encouraged to be published in international journals, relevant online platforms etc. For an alphabetical listing of publications from fellows and supervisors, please see here.

Smith, Rachel Charlotte/ Winschiers-Theophilus, Heike/ Kambunga, Asnath Paula/ Krishnamurthy, Sarala (2020, in publication). Decolonizing Participatory Design: Memory Making in Namibia. In: Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference 2020 – Participation(s) Otherwise. Manizales, Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 96-106.

Smith, Rachel Charlotte/ Winschiers-Theophilus, Heike/ Loi, Doria/ Kambunga, Asnath Paula/ Samuel, Marly Muudeni/ de Paula, Rogerio (2020, in publication). Decolonising Participatory Design Practices: Towards Participations Otherwise. In: Proceedings of the 16th Participatory Design Conference 2020 – Participation(s) Otherwise. Manizales, Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 206-209.

Kambunga, Asnath Paula/Winschiers-Theophilus, Heike/ Smith, Rachel Charlotte/ Wandai, Peter/ Antonio, Holger/ Shalumbu, Bernaddete/ Muronga, David/ Kaulbach, Peter/ Virmasalov, Veera (2020, in publication). Challenging authorities: a postcolonial interactive exhibition co-designed by Namibian born-frees. In: XVIII – Extented Reality. Proceedings of the XVIII. Berlin, International Conference on Culture and Computer Science 2020.

Boersma, Susanne/ Chahine, Anne/ Mucha, Franziska/ Zwart, Inge (2020, in publication). The Archive of Forgotten Memories: A Participatory Process of Reflexivity. In: What’s Missing? Collecting and Exhibiting Europe. Berlin, TBD.

Kist, Cassandra/ Mucha, Franziska (2020, in publication). Digitally enabled participation in exhibitions: empowering social platforms. In: Exponat – Raum – Interaktion. Perspektiven für das Kuratieren digitaler Ausstellungen. Göttingen, Vandenhoek & Ruprecht.

Mucha, Franziska/ Oswald, Kristin (2021, in publication). Partizipationsorientierte Wissensgenerierung und Citizen Science im Museum. In: Henning Mohr/Diana Modarressi-Tehrani (eds.). Museen der Zukunft. Trends und Herausforderungen eines innovationsorientierten Kulturmanagements. Bielefeld, Transkript-Verlag.

Clark, Hannah-Louise/ Gambell, Sarah/ Mucha, Franziska/ MacLean, Robert/ Rankin, Moira/ Rowan, Rachel (2019). Global History Hackathon Playbook Version 1.1: Practical Guidance for Hosting a Hackathon for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Glasgow, University of Glasgow.

Tools and Services

Becoming practical and organizing change towards participatory memory practices is easy and complicated at the same time. It needs a modification of mind sets and a long breath – like all change processes. In this section we collect and provide tools and services for getting started with participatory memory practices in digital media ecologies. It provides information for mundane, practical problems in the eclectic mode of emerging questions, without aiming for completeness or systematization.

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Action Research and Participatory Design

Research is situated in societies and communities, where it creates impact in some form. Potential impact of research is a main, actively integrated and reflected element of action research and participatory design. The knowledge production is thus based on participatory, experimental and interventional research approaches. Here we share approaches and information on action research and participatory design in POEM.

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Virtual Lecture Series

Towards an open dialogue on participatory memory making​

The Virtual Lecture Series shares POEM’s knowledge network and scientific results with interested stakeholders for transdisciplinary network building. POEM’s Virtual Lecture Series aims to open a dialogue on participatory approaches in memory making.

View and discuss the public guest lectures and keynotes by our scientific and non-academic experts at the POEM Knowledge Hubs and conferences, made available as open access video talks in our Virtual Lecture Series.

View the keynotes of the POEM Opening Conference

Susanne Wessendorf: Pitfalls and promises of researching super-diversity

Gisela Welz: A common cultural basis for a European demos? Heritage making and participatory memory practices in Europe

Digital Archive of Forgotten Memories

POEM fellows created the Digital Archive of Forgotten Memories as a space to talk about the things you consider not worth preserving. The memories that you believe not worth storing for all eternity. The things that might never find a suitable place in your individual as well as the collective consciousness of our societies. In the coming two years fellows are attending a variety of different audience-centered cultural and science events, in the form of a One Stop Shop. Our One Stop Shop is an open space where we invite you, the public, to submit a memory that you would like to forget.

Community of Practice

POEM – Towards a Community of Practice (CoP) of Participatory Memory Work, Fostering Socially Inclusive, Future-Envisioning Memory Making in Europe

Communities of Practice (CoP) form around emerging problems or tasks of everyday life. They bring together people with varied knowledge backgrounds and levels of expertise, which matter decisively for coping with these challenges by learning from one another.

Conferences and Presentations

Infrastructural qualities of participatory memory work

Presentation titled Infrastructural qualities of participatory memory work by Quoc-Tan Tran (ESR 10, UHAM) at the Connecting Memories 2020 Symposium, organized by the University of Edinburgh, UK (29 June 2020). The Symposium was held online via Zoom. Find more information here.

Decolonizing Participatory Design: Memory making in Namibia

Presentation of paper titled Decolonizing Participatory Design: Memory making in Namibia by Asnath Paula Kambunga (ESR 6, AU), as co-author along with her supervisors Assoc.-Prof Rachel Charlotte Smith (AU), Prof Heike Winschiers-Theophilus (NUST) and other early-stage researchers at the Participatory Design Conference PDC2020 (15-19 June 2020), which was held online. In this paper, among other things, they identify theoretical and methodological gaps in PD relating to contemporary discourses of decolonizing design and explore how more far-reaching examples of decolonizing design in practice can be created. See paper and online presentation. Here, they also hosted a workshop on Decolonising Participatory Design Practices: Towards Participations Otherwise: See paper.

Co-creating Futures with Namibian youth

Presentation by Asnath Paula Kambunga (ESR 6, AU) at the Pivot Conference 2020 “Designing a World of many Centres – Towards the Pluriverse Conference” on Co-creating Futures with Namibian youth (4 June 2020). Here, she presented a project in which she worked with Namibian youth to show collaborative efforts in futures making through an interactive exhibition. The exhibition also served the purpose of showing the importance of the historical past and present in designing futures. See abstract

Engaging children and young people in the co-production of memory through multimodal ethnographic research

Presentation by Elina Moraitopoulou (ESR 8, ASHOKA UK) of working paper titled Engaging children and young people in the co-production of memory through multimodal ethnographic research at the Remembering Children Workshop at Nottingham Trent University, UK (10-11 March 2020). The workshop dealt with the intersection of the fields of childhood and memory studies. See programme.

Digital Cultural Heritage Day at University of Uppsala

Inge Zwart (ESR 1, UU) presented her research and the POEM One Stop Shop “Digital Archive of Forgotten Memories” (OSS) at the Digital Cultural Heritage Day at the Digital Humanities Lab at UU (18 February 2020). Find more information here. ESRs Inge Zwart and Anne Chahine (ESR 7, AU) developed the concept and design for the OSS as an artistic intervention to bring ideas, discussion and research results of the network from the project to various publics and relevant stakeholder groups of the heritage sector.

Opening up Platform Economy for Accessible Digital Heritage Knowledge

Presentation of PhD project work titled Opening up Platform Economy for Accessible Digital Heritage Knowledge by Angeliki Tzouganatou (ESR 13, UHAM) at the IRS seminar Spaces of Emergence – Emergent Spaces hosted by the Leibniz Institute for Spatial Social Research in Berlin, Germany (22 January 2020). In her presentation, she discussed new business and social models for digital heritage knowledge towards an open fairer platform economy. See programme.

What do I research? Life of a PhD student

Presentation by Inge Zwart (ESR 1, UU) titled What do I research? Life of a PhD student for the master programme course Theories and Methods for ALM at Uppsala University, discussing her research project and introducing the POEM project on 14 January 2020.

Assembling infrastructures: Potentials of digital infrastructures for public engagement and participation in memory institutions

Quoc-Tan Tran (ESR 10, UHAM) presented his unpublished paper Assembling infrastructures: Potentials of digital infrastructures for public engagement and participation in memory institutions at the internal research seminar, organized by the department of ALM at the University of Uppsala (17 December 2019) during his secondment.

Co-Creating Future Memories with Greenlandic Youth: Using Participatory Methods in Visual and Design Anthropological Framework

Conference presentation on Co-Creating Future Memories with Greenlandic Youth: Using Participatory Methods in Visual and Design Anthropological Framework by Anne Chahine (ESR 7, AU) at the joint conference Changing Climates of the Canadian Anthropology Society and American Anthropological Association (CASCA-AAA) in Vancouver, Canada (20-24 November 2019), where she further chaired the session Visual Ethics and Knowledge Creation. Find more information here.

Infrastructural becoming as a provisional process: ‘What does open mean to you?’

Presentation on Infrastructural becoming as a provisional process: ‘What does open mean to you?’ by Quoc-Tan Tran (ESR 10, UHAM) at the international large-scale conference Infrastructures and Inequalities: Media Industries, Digital Cultures and Politics of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) at University of Helsinki, Finland (21-22 November 2019). See programme and full version of the abstract.

Fishbowl Discussion at 100th anniversary panel of the Institute of European Ethnology/Cultural Anthropology at the 42. Congress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde [Congress of the German Society for Folklore]

Quoc-Tan Tran (ESR 10, UHAM), Jennifer Krueckeberg (ESR 11, UHAM) and Angeliki Tzouganatou (ESR 13, UHAM) took part in the Fishbowl Discussion at the 100th anniversary panel of the Institute of European Ethnology/Cultural Anthropology at the 42. Congress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde [Congress of the German Society for Folklore]. They worked in collaboration with students as well as other doctoral and post-doctoral researchers affiliated with the institute (7-10 October 2019). Find more information here.

Cyprus Rectors Conference: 1st Doctoral Colloquium 

Lorenz Widmaier (ESR 5, CUT) and Myrto Theocharidou (ESR 9, CUT) both participated in the CYPRUS RECTORS CONFERENCE: 1st Doctoral Colloquium (30 September 2019). This event brought together PhD students from different Universities of Cyprus. Myrto presented her PhD research at the conference. Lorenz also represented POEM and presented his research for the Cyprus Doctoral Network. Read more here.

Crafting the Future of the Visual Essay

Anne Chahine (ESR 7, AU) presented her research at the conference Crafting the Future of the Visual Essay of the Visual Anthropology Network of the European Association of Social Anthropologists at University of Antwerp (13 September 2019). The presentation dealt with the use of mixed media and collaborative storytelling in her own research. Find more information here.

The museum as a facilitator: stimulating integration of recent refugees in Berlin

Presentation by Susanne Boersma (ESR 4, SPK) on The museum as a facilitator: stimulating integration of recent refugees in Berlin at the ASA19: Anthropological perspectives on global challenges of the Association of Social Anthropology (3-6 September 2019). This was an academic conference that brought together different anthropological research projects and perspectives. See abstract.

The Future Memory Collection: An Online Archive and Virtual Exhibition Space

Presentation by Anne Chahine (ESR 7, AU) on The Future Memory Collection: An Online Archive and Virtual Exhibition Space at the international symposium The Nordic Eye (and Mind) meets the South. Visual Anthropology and Cultural Critique in the Nordic Countries and in Northern Cameroon at The Arctic University of Norway (26-28 August 2019). The presentation dealt with the use of web-based platforms as an online archive and virtual exhibition space in her own research. See programme here.

One Stop Shop “Digital Archive of Forgotten Memories”

A first showcase of the POEM One Stop Shop “Digital Archive of Forgotten Memories” (OSS) was held at the 20th anniversary conference What’s Missing? Collecting and Exhibiting Europe at the Museum of European Cultures in Berlin (SPK) by Inge Zwart along with the fellows Franziska Mucha (ESR 2, UGLA) and Susanne Boersma (ESR 4, SPK) (25 June 2019). Find programme here.

Divide-and-conquer – artistic strategies to curate the web

Presentation by Lorenz Widmaier (ESR 5, CUT) on Divide-and-conquer – artistic strategies to curate the web at the IIPC Web Archiving Conference at the National and University Library in Zagreb, Croatia (6-7 June 2019). He gave a talk about user generated, born-digital memories on the web and how society could make use of it. In relation to Work Package 2 of POEM, the talk asks how people can curate and preserve stories and memories online. Find out more about the conference here.

Postdigital Day in Glasgow

Presentation of research project by Franziska Mucha (ESR 2, UGLA) at Postdigital Day at the University of Glasgow: Practice-based research day investigating the notion of post-digital (26 April 2019). Cassandra Kist (ESR 3, UGLA) also took part and presented on the question ‘Are museums post-digital?’. See programme.

Das digitale Objekt [The digital object]

Presentation of research project focusing on user generated content as co-created digital objects by Franziska Mucha (ESR 2, UGLA) at symposium Das digitale Objekt [The digital object] about digital objects in museum collections (5 December 2018, Deutsches Museum in Munich). See programme and presentation.

Daring Participation!

Online presentation of best practice and research project within POEM by Franziska Mucha (ESR 2, UGLA) at the workshop Daring Participation! of the H2020 REACH project (20 November 2018). See programme and presentation.

Opening Conference POEM (Horizon 2020)
Participatory Memory Practices

Connectivities, Empowerment,
and Recognition of Cultural Heritages
in Mediatized Memory Ecologies

View the presentations, the keynotes, and the programme.

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