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Rethinking literacies, learning and research methodology around archaeology in a virtual world

Gillen, Julia (2012) Rethinking literacies, learning and research methodology around archaeology in a virtual world. International Journal of Language and Media, 4 (3-4). pp. 47-52.

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    Abstract

    Through an approach I term virtual literacy ethnography I study interactions around archaeology in a virtual world. While archaeology was the thematic topic for a small group meeting to study a simulated shipwreck and associated artefacts, it also provides me with methodological inspiration. Distanced from the participants in time and space, never learning their real identities, I draw upon various kinds of multimodal records in order to establish a necessarily partial account. Recent work in ethnographies of archaeology uncovers its practices as historically and culturally constructed, seeing in turn how engaging in those practices constructs participants as archaeologists. Examining diverse evidence to study a particular site of engagement, I explore the activities through which we crafted new practices and identities as virtual archaeologists.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Language and Media
    Additional Information: c 2014 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Published under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 Unported license
    Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual worlds ; archaeology ; Literacy
    Subjects:
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 68958
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 24 Mar 2014 09:16
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 10 Oct 2017 18:24
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/68958

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