ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops | Critical Narrative Research and Intervention: Digital Storytelling | Aline Gubrium & Alice Fiddian-Green

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Monday, July 6, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, July 10, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Monday, July 13, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Wednesday, July 15, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Friday, July 17, 2020 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Online Event - Login credentials via email for registered participants

This workshop will be offered online.


Visual and digital research methodologies expand the forms and sources of information that can inform social science research, and create new possibilities for data analysis and research communication. For participatory and critical researchers, they offer a powerful array of tools for stakeholder engagement in producing and consuming knowledge about the social world.

In this six-day workshop we begin with an orientation to introduce the digital storytelling process, discuss how digital storytelling may serve as a tool for critical narrative research and intervention, and examine ethical implications of bringing personal stories into the public realm ( You will serve as a “research participant” within the workshop itself. Hands-on activities will include expressive writing and talking activities, a story circle, script writing, voiceover recording, and digitally editing a cut of a digital story. The workshop will end with a story screening, where the digital stories are screened and you present and discuss your stories with one another as a group.

Instructors: Aline Gubrium & Alice Fiddian-Green

Aline Gubrium is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Promotion and Policy in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences at UMass Amherst. Her scholarship centers on reproductive and sexual health inequities, specifically focused on ethnic minority adolescent and emerging adult parents and their families. As a medical anthropologist working in the field of community health education, her research lies at the intersection of ethnographic and narrative research and critical narrative intervention. Dr. Gubrium (along with Elizabeth Krause in Anthropology) was funded by the Ford Foundation for the Hear Our Stories: Diasporic Youth for Sexual Rights and Justice project, which assessed digital storytelling as a narrative intervention to promote sexual and reproductive health, rights, and justice in collaboration with young pregnant and parenting Latinas. Her NIH-funded study A Culture-Centered Narrative Approach for Health Promotion pilot tested the use of digital storytelling for sexual and reproductive health promotion with nulliparous, pregnant, and/or parenting young Latinas to positively impact sexual health and psychosocial outcomes. Dr. Gubrium currently serves as Co-Investigator as a digital storytelling/narrative intervention expert on a U01-funded MOCHA Moving Forward: A CBPR Investigation of Chronic Disease Prevention in Older, Low-Income African-American Men project, which takes a CBPR approach to evaluate the effectiveness of a narratively enhanced intervention in lowering stress and risk of chronic diseases among men of color. Dr. Gubrium's 2013 and 2015 books (along with colleagues Krista Harper and Marty Otanez, both in Anthropology) explain participatory visual and digital methodologies for social research, health promotion and practice, and advocacy.

Alice Fiddian-Green is an Assistant Professor of Health Promotion at Springfield College. Her current field of study examines the intersections between substance use, mental health, and exposure to violence (interpersonal, structural, and institutional) among women and mothers with opioid and other substance use disorders. Dr. Fiddian-Green has been certified by StoryCenter as a Digital Storytelling facilitator since 2014, and specializes in the application and analysis of qualitative digital and visual research methods to examine inequities as they pertain to reproductive health and justice. She has co-facilitated and worked on digital storytelling projects in a range of academic and community settings. Dr. Fiddian-Green is currently working on a community engaged research project that will use digital storytelling to develop a gender-specific structural and competency training for providers and staff working with women and mothers with opioid and other substance use disorders.

Questions? For more information about this or any of the ISSR Summer Methodology Workshops, please contact ISSR Director of Research Methods Programs Jessica Pearlman(


Five College Students and Faculty

  • Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students…………………………..$150/person
  • Five College Faculty………………………………………………………………....$250/person

Non-Five College Students and Faculty

  • Non-Five College Undergraduate and Graduate Students…………………………..$275/person
  • Non-Five College Faculty………………………………………………………………....$400/person

Registration note: The Five Colleges include: UMass Amherst, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College. Registration closes for each workshop 2 full business days prior to the start date. Please note: payment of registration does not guarantee a spot in these space-limited workshops. You will receive an email confirming the names of workshops for which your registration has been accepted. If a workshop you have registered for is over-subscribed, you will be refunded and offered placement on a wait-list.. If paying with departmental funds or personal checks, contact Karen Mason (

Cancellation note: In cases where enrollment is 5 or less, we reserve the right to cancel the workshop. In cases where the registrant cancels prior to the workshop, a full refund will be given with two weeks notice, and 50% refund will be given with one week notice. We will not be able to refund in cases where registrant does not notify us of cancellation at least one week prior to the beginning date of the workshop.