Emma D. v. Reimers

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2nd year Ph.D. student

Vanderbilt University

Teaching and Learning

Learning and Design

Comparative Media Analysis and Practice

2019-2020 Mellon Digital Humanities Fellow

2018-2019 Vanderbilt Institute of Digital Learning Fellow

Learning Sciences Graduate Students Conference, 2019, Chicago, IL, USA

Conference on Education and Social Justice 2019, Honolulu, HI, USA


MY RESEARCH EXAMINES THE INTERSECTION OF PLACE, SOUND, AND NARRATIVE IDENTITY IN NON-school LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS LIKE MUSEUMS + STREETS.

I am interested in leveraging critical sound media to understand how stories of people and places shape each other. Centering my work on a trio of theories - situated learning, narrative identity, and critical media - I ask questions like:

  1. How does environment afford or constrain interaction?

  2. How are learners interacting with media, especially sound,  to make sense of themselves and their surroundings?

  3. How might we design digital media for learners to narrate self and place?

  4. How might people and places be co-shaped to create dignity, belonging, and equity?

I work with Dr. Corey Brady and Dr. Kevin Leander. I am currently working on the BLUES project with Dr. Rogers Hall, where we are partnering with a community music museum in the historic music district of North Nashville on Jefferson Street.

I’m constantly curious about the ideas of learning on the move, building institution-community research partnerships, examining learning outside of classroom settings, and considering how we can use various media in research design, analysis, and presentation.

Keywords for my work:

 
  • soundscape

  • placemaking

  • palimpsest

  • public space

  • identity

  • narrative

  • digital media

  • counterstory

  • co-shaping

  • context

  • storytelling

  • public history

  • music

  • built environment