The Digital Perspectives: Disaster Heritage sandpit saw an interdisciplinary group of participants – interested in various issues related to natural disasters and how technologies might intersect these issues – working towards possible joint outputs and grant bids. This resulted in a grant application being developed for submission around the theme of environmental disaster and resilience.
Community-based approaches to disaster heritage, and how technologies can facilitate and foster these approaches, were at the core of the sandpit discussions. Co-organiser Dr Paola Di Giuseppantonio Di Franco (University of Essex) explained: “The sandpit provided an opportunity to discuss how new technologies can address issues of identity, cultural memory, sense of belonging and place for example in the wake of disasters and in the face of economic disruption, physical damage and political opportunism.”
The sandpit has also sparked a follow-up workshop entitled, ‘Placing’ Disaster in the Digital Age’ which will explore visual and other multi-sensory representations of place remembering and forgetting in the aftermath of natural disasters.
Members of Creative Connection facilitated the two-day event, held at the University of East Anglia (UEA) in July, and produced a visual abstract to summarise the key discussion points.
The sandpit was organised by the Eastern ARC Digital Humanities Network, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, and the Centre for Japanese Studies, University of East Anglia (UEA).