Digital Place-makers is an arts-based funded program created with and for newcomers with a refugee background in which participants experiment with new media technologies to create empowering narratives. This program is part of the Translocal Lives Research Project which investigates the various ways in which refugee migrants creatively and/or effectively use technologies, and how this affects their social participation within their host society.
For this first edition of the Digital Place-makers program, we will develop short films about participant perspectives on place-making, with these films being shared through various platforms and events to bring forward a discussion with different stakeholders (members of refugee communities, representatives of local NGOs, municipalities, grassroots organizations, advocacy groups, and researchers) on the challenges and opportunities relevant to their lives as newcomers in the Netherlands.
The outcomes of this project will allow us to further examine the complexities and contradictions of technology adoption by refugees to recreate a sense of place, while at the same time providing a more nuanced perspective on the potentials of digital responses to refugee settlement in the host society. The findings of this project also contribute insights to the development of materials, resources, and best practices around the use of media technologies and digital storytelling in research and work with refugee populations.
For this first edition of the Digital Place-makers program, we are working with 13 participants to develop these short films. Through events and other mediums we hope to reach a wider community that are interested in these issues