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Moving Stories: Latinas en Baltimore
June 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Dr. Lizarazo’s collaborative project Moving Stories: Latinas en Baltimore is about visibility as much as community-engaged research. In this talk, she will discuss her motivation for using digital storytelling and how this model helps to de-center academia and its knowledge production, while being accountable to the communities with which it engages. Moving Stories was born out of Tania Lizarazo’s need to create community as a new transplant to Baltimore. Instead of thinking about normative methods and guidelines about conducting research within communities, Dr. Lizarazo embraced mindfulness as she approached the slow process of building trust within the community she sought.
Bio: Tania Lizarazo is an Assistant Professor in Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communications at UMBC. Her research interests include digital storytelling, Latin American cultural studies, transnational feminisms and performance studies. Initially exposed to digital storytelling as a PhD student at UC Davis, Tania collaborated on “Sexualidades Campesinas” article with LGBTQ members of farm working communities in California’s Central Valley. Her article on the project discusses ethics, collaboration and knowledge production in digital storytelling. She also applied digital storytelling in a project with the gender committee of a farmer’s organization in the the Colombian Pacific in the “Mujeres Pacificas” project.