Story Telling: Where Time Stands Still

By J. Fiona Peterson and Karen Trist.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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In this paper we take the reader with us on our journey, as we ‘walk the walk’ of those before us around ancient Pompeii. As a writer and a photographer we experiment with blended narrative forms of image and word, using the metaphor of the still image (photograph) for the moment frozen in time (Pompeii and surrounds). The aim of this paper is to look back in time to see what lessons can be learned from the past to inform the present, in terms of story telling and conversation as knowledge sharing practices. First, we situate our current inter- and transdisciplinary practice as ‘Mode 2’ knowledge and use hermeneutics as a lens to the cultural issues discussed. Second, drawing on our experience of Pompeii, we explore the influence of culture and tradition on different forms of story telling. Activity theory is used as a further lens, and we consider the contextual language of visual communication and the role of the ‘reader’ in the interpretation. Third, we interrogate excerpts of a conversation about story telling from an online conference in education. We reveal knowledge sharing within the online communication and further lessons learned about visual language, including text and image. Finally, drawing the past and the present together, we suggest some of the factors that may enhance or potentially impede story telling and conversation for knowledge sharing, through contemporary blended narrative of image and word.

Keywords: Blended Narrative & Contextual Language, Story Telling, Mode 2 Knowledge, Knowledge Sharing Practices, Online Conversation

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp.95-114. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 5.956MB).

Dr. J. Fiona Peterson

Director of Learning and Teaching, School of Creative Media, RMIT University, Melbourne, Vic, Australia

J Fiona Peterson, MEd, PhD, is Director of Learning and Teaching in the School of Creative Media at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Her research interests include virtual communities and knowledge networks; Mode 2 knowledge production; and transdisciplinary approaches to research methodology for interaction design. Fiona's doctoral thesis was titled "Technologically Speaking ... Creating a Strategic Knowledge Network and the new 'Network Advantage' for Global Education." She is a Chief Investigator in the Virtual Communities Project, Australasian Co-operative Research Centre for Interaction Design (ACID).

Karen Trist

Lecturer, School of Creative Media, RMIT University, Melbourne, Vic, Australia

Karen Trist, BA (Hons), MA, is a lecturer and postgraduate supervisor in the School of Creative Media at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. She is a practising photographer and photo-media artist whose work has been exhibited in Australia and internationally since 1992. Her work is held in both private and public collections and has been widely published.


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