Listening to the city: Oral history and place in the digital era

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This essay explores the development of a mobile interpretive project, Cleveland Historical, that draws on oral history theory and practice to emphasize aurality as a key element in digital (and especially mobile) interpretive projects. Developed at the intersection of oral history and digital humanities theory and practice, Cleveland Historical suggests a model of curation that emphasizes a dynamic, layered, and contextual storytelling endeavor. The resulting curatorial process transforms the landscape into a living museum, one in which the community actively participates in remaking understandings of place and community identity. Of particular note, this collaborative oral history project provides a transformative way of understanding "place" and of moving beyond an emphasis on visual interpretive practice, in order to provide a deeper way of building interpretive stories for public humanities exhibitions on mobile computing devices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)25-35
Number of pages11
JournalOral History Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Cleveland Historical
  • digital humanities
  • landscape
  • mobile devices
  • place
  • public history
  • urban history

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History


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