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Wayne State University (Detroit, MI 48201-1347)
Krysta Ryzewski (Project Director: September 2013 to April 2017)
Kerry C. Davis (Co Project Director: September 2015 to April 2017)

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Digital Humanities

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$60,000 (approved)
$59,984 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2014 – 11/30/2016

Ethnic Layers of Detroit: Experiencing Place through Digital Storytelling

The continued development and testing in the classroom of an interactive, mobile storytelling website that allows for the creation of multimedia narratives of historic sites. This phase of the project would focus on creating narratives that illustrate the traditions and transformation of Detroit's ethnic neighborhoods, with attention to the Corktown, Chinatown, Poletown, and Heidelberg neighborhoods.

Ethnic Layers of Detroit (ELD) seeks to engage students in documenting and sharing the complex layers of Detroit’s ethnic histories though an interactive digital storytelling web portal. We are requesting Level II funding to expand on our pilot project to hire student assistants to develop 20-25 additional multimedia narratives over an 18-month period.This project is innovative in that it facilitates interdisciplinary investigation and collaboration, and uses available technology in new ways to explore the multilayered connections between people, practices and the urban environment through narrative and experientially-based learning activities. By constructing a student-centered project with overlapping creative, intellectual, and technical training opportunities, our project will provide students with the transferable skills and experience to communicate with and contribute to a range of humanities, multimedia, and urban-focused colleagues and careers.