Greening Narrative: Locative Media in Global Environments is a 2014-2020 SSHRC-funded Insight Grant project housed at Concordia University, Montréal. The Principal Investigator is Professor Jill Didur.

The objective of our project is to consider how locative and mobile media applications can enhance general understanding of the relationship between the discourses of natural history, imperialism, and globalization, on contemporary perceptions of the environment. Our focus is to assess and articulate how scholars and artists might use locative media to offer new modes of narrative to defamiliarize everyday assumptions about location, landscape, and the environment.

Through efforts of research creation—defined by SSHRC as “an approach to research that combines creative and academic research practices, and supports the development of knowledge and innovation through artistic expression, scholarly investigation, and experimentation”–Greening Narrative develops several locative media applications in order to develop new ways of documenting, archiving, and assessing the impact of locative media projects.

Greening Narrative participates in a rich research environment, situated in a hub of media research, game studies, and maker culture in the city of Montréal and through Concordia University. It is affiliated with Concordia’s Department of English, TAG Lab (Technoculture, Arts, and Games), and the Milieux Institute of Arts, Culture, and Technology.

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This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.