Transmedia Stories is an experiment in multimedia publication and collaboration that explores storytelling-based research methods. With the growth of digital media, narrative is now conveyed through a range of new and ephemeral formats. Beyond entertainment and artistic innovation, networked and digital media have also influenced ways that storytelling can be used to conduct research in fields such as public health and medicine.
This project explores methods that include story circles,
digital storytelling, transmedia collage, speculative design, narrative video
games, and mixed reality and alternate reality games. Each chapter introduces a
key digital media form that can be used for social interventions and
supplements it with images, audio files, videos, and curricular materials that
make up such interventions. The publication is a highly collaborative venture
that presents these methods with the help of case studies drawn from an
assemblage of workshops focused on, mostly, minority youth in Chicago that were
held between 2012 and 2019 by two interdisciplinary labs at the University of
Chicago: Transmedia Story Lab and Game Changer Chicago Design Lab.
Friederike Sundaram is Senior Editor for Digital Projects at Stanford University Press. She is responsible for building the program by acquiring and commissioning projects across the humanities and social sciences.