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Community-Based Multiliteracies and Digital Media Projects

Questioning Assumptions and Exploring Realities


Edited By Heather M. Pleasants and Dana E. Salter

Within community-based digital literacies work, a fundamental question remains unanswered: Where are the stories and reflections of the researchers, scholars, and community workers themselves? We have learned much about contexts, discourses, and the multimodal nature of meaning making in literacy and digital media experiences. However, we have learned very little about those who initiate, facilitate, and direct these community-based multiliteracies and digital media projects. In Community-Based Multiliteracies & Digital Media Projects: Questioning Assumptions and Exploring Realities, contributors discuss exemplary work in the field of community-based digital literacies, while providing an insightful and critical perspective on how we begin to write ourselves into the stories of our work. In doing so, the book makes a powerful contribution to digital literacies praxis and pedagogy – within and outside of community-based contexts.
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This book is the product of two years and hundreds of conversations, late night phone calls, mid-thought text and email messages, and as many faceto-face meetings as possible with friends, colleagues, and momentary strangers from around the world. These conversations and meetings have pushed our thinking and given rise to even more thoughtful questions about community-based multiliteracies and digital media projects as we conceptualized and edited this project. From the bottom of our hearts, we would like to thank all who have participated in this project in a myriad of ways.

The editors would like to thank the authors of the chapters for being a part of this project (in order of appearance in this book): Lalitha Vasudevan, Amy Hill, Ed Lee, Liz Miller, Pip Hardy (special thanks to Pip for her early contributions to the introduction chapter), Tony Sumner, Diana Nucera, Jeanette Lee, Jason Edward Lewis, Skawennati Fragnito, jesikah maria ross, Rob Simon, Jason Brennan, Sandro Bresba, Sara DeAngelis, Will Edwards, Helmi Jung, Anna Pisecny, Josh Schachter, Julie Kasper, Ouida Washington, Derek Koen, Kofi Larweh, Jonathon Langdon. You all are thoughtful, serious-minded friends and colleagues, who through your work and ways of being were fundamental in helping us push the boundaries of our own conceptualization of this book and the work we all do.

For their thoughtful conversations, insightful examples, expertly timed coffees, and careful reflections on drafts of this book, we thank Aziz Choudry, Sandra Chang-Kredl, Doreen Stark-Meyerring, Anthony Pare, Melanie Wilson,...

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