Place-Based Digital Storytelling: A Participatory Visual and Narrative Method

Combining images, video, sound, and voice, geographers have begun to use digital storytelling as a place-based participatory research method. This workshop will introduce participants to the theoretical background, practical procedures, technical tools, and ethical best practices for using this technique as a tool for qualitative geographic research.

August 1, 2022, 11:00am Eastern Time – September 7, 2022, 12:00pm Eastern Time

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David J (Sandy) MarshallDavid J. (Sandy) Marshall, Elon University

Dr. David J. (Sandy) Marshall is a cultural and political geographer who specializes in the geographies of children and youth, migration and refugee studies, and deeply divided societies. He has over a decade’s worth of experience using creative visual methods with young people in Palestine, Lebanon, and Bosnia-Herzegovina using mental mapping, photo walking tours, photo voice, and digital storytelling. He has also used these methods as part of community-based learning with university students in Arizona and North Carolina.

Eligibility and capacity

We will select up to 20 graduate students to participate in this workshop. Selection will be based on your AAG membership status, your research needs, and time of registration. If you are selected, we will notify you ahead of the workshop and provide you all the workshop details and session links. If you are selected, the expectation is that you will participate in all sessions of the workshop.


The selected participants should be geography graduate students who are at an early phase of research preparation or who are looking to add a participatory, visual element to research already in progress. These students will likely already have some training in or exposure to qualitative methods broadly, but will not necessarily have any training in participatory or visual methods.

Detailed schedule

This workshop will meet at the following times (Eastern Time):

  • Session 1: AAG Welcome Session, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Monday, August 1
  • Session 2: 10:00am – 12:00pm, Tuesday, August 9
  • Session 3: 10:00am – 12:00pm, Wednesday, August 10
  • Session 4: (Optional),12:00 – 2:00pm, Thursday, August 11
  • Session 5: 10:00am – 12:00pm, Friday, August 12

Throughout the week, expect to also spend a few hours working independently on readings or short assignments for the workshop.