Digital Stories

Digital storytelling is a tool in research and teaching that is showing promise in terms of positive (i.e. effective) social change, while embodying key tenets of ethical praxis. Digital stories are essentially short multi-media film vignettes that draw upon still frame images, video, audio, music, and a pre-recorded narrative to tell a personal or collective story about a particular topic.

As a tool in my teaching, I use digital stories to promote deep learning, whereby student story-makers enter a process of reflexivity, situatedness, and share the ways in which they have taken up the teachings of others. As a tool in research, I use digital stories to decolonize the research process by ensuring that community voices, perspectives, and representations remain at the core of inquiry.

Below are digital stories, shared with permission, from my Field School (GPHY309) and my research with Huu-ay-aht First Nations, and Pictou Landing First Nation.

Huu-ay-aht First Nations

Pictou Landing First Nation

Queen’s GPHY 309 Fieldschool

Podcast: Getting Personal

WELCOME TO ‘GETTING PERSONAL’! Sam, Saskia, Kiera, and Erica are four graduate students currently doing research in the areas of geography, environmental studies, and health promotion at Queen’s University, in Kingston, Ontario.

As part of Dr Heather Castleden’s ‘Critical Modes of Inquiry’ graduate course at Queen’s, they created ‘Getting Personal’ as a socially distant opportunity to converse with one another about positionality and reflexivity in the context of their own research projects.

With a different podcaster at the focal point for each episode, they share how their personal identities, backgrounds, and experiences have shaped who they are and how these personal subjectivities make their way into their research.

You can read more about “Getting Personal” here: and you can listen to the podcast here: