Digital Storytelling from the Field

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Course TypeCourse CodeNo. Of Credits
Foundation ElectiveSUS1EL9014

Semester and Year Offered: Winter Semester / UG Semester VI

Course Coordinator and Team: Surajit Sarkar

Email of course coordinator: surajit.cck[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in

Pre-requisites: Students need to be familiar with Multimedia computer use.

Aim: The course develops use of digital methods of research, specifically working with graphic and audio-visual media as an social science research tool. This course provide an opportunity to students to envision alternative and innovative routes , like oral narratives and history, to approaching social science research in class and infurther education.

Course Outcomes:

  1. To develop digital story telling and narrative making skills, both self generated and based on listening to others.
  2. To develop inter-personal research skills of interviewing and audio recording
  3. To prepare students with basic technical skills for handling audio-visual equipment to carry out recording, editing and dissemination, both on-line and off-line.

Brief description of modules/ Main modules:

  • Module 1: Storytelling and Communication, Locating the storyteller and the social in storytelling
  • Module 2: Visual and Digital techniques, Elements and Practice.
  • Module 3: Using memory and experience ; Histories of everyday lives and livelihoods as sources of intangible knowledge.
  • Module 4: Developing Oral Narratives – methodologies and interpersonal processes; . Co-authorship and contributions.

Assessment Details with weights:





The Process of Storytelling – a story in words and visual frames



Learning about memory and experience – recording an interview and transcribing it.




Comapring memories and making a visual-oral story narrative.



Reading List:

  • Digital-Storytelling-Guide-by-Silvia-Rosenthal-Tolisano.pdf - Digital Storytelling Tools available at
  • Digital Storytelling Cookbook at
  • Panos Institute ; Giving voice: Implementing oral testimony projects, Panos, London, 2003 (as pdf)
  • Ruby, Jay : Being an Anthropologist without doing Anthropology. . . with Pictures, PIEF Newsletter; 1973 (paper as pdf)
  • Mukherjee, Suroopa. Surviving Bhopal: Dancing Bodies, Written Texts, Oral Testimonials of Women in the Wake of an Industrial Disaster, Palgrave Stuidies In Oral History. N York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010.
  • - Digital Storytelling Cookbook online
  • - Karen Nakamura