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Digital arts - refugee engagement.

Aljouni, A., Bademci, O., Hogan, S., Marino, S., McDougall, J., Rega, I., Syrme, S. and Uddin, N., 2023. Digital arts - refugee engagement. Media Practice and Education, 24 (3), 271-290.

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DOI: 10.1080/25741136.2023.2177953


Digital Arts – Refugee Engagement (DA-RE) is an exploratory research partnership between refugee youth, academics, practitioners and community activists. Arts-based activities were combined with digital literacy to develop the capabilities of refugee youth in Turkey and Bangladesh. DA-RE’s participants cocreated digital arts and connected with one another across the two settings in a digital third space to share narratives from their situated perspectives and lived experiences. In these ways, they developed skills of engagement and agency through the project, but at the heart of DA-RE was the intention to explore the links between refugee youths’ own creative agency, harnessed in new contexts enabled by the project, and their existing digital literacies. DA-RE sought to identify, with a theory of change, potential opportunities for refugee youth to both use this capability in the host community and provide a platform for their digital arts to offer a counter-narrative to ‘othering’ discourses at work in both their host communities and in the UK, where the project was coordinated, in so doing converting (digital) literacy into capability with positive consequences for social good.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Digital arts; digital literacy; third space; refugee youth; participation; engagement
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:38424
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:11 May 2023 12:03
Last Modified:24 May 2024 06:38


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