Lynne Howarth: “Show, Tell, Bridge: the Affordance of objects in Negotiating individual & group identity”
The Information Organization Research Group presents:
Dr. Lynne Howarth
Distinguished Researcher in Information Organization
*Lunch will be served
UW-Milwaukee, School of Information Studies
2025 E Newport Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211
Objects and their associated narratives are a means of self-expression and assist in the maintenance of a cohesive identity. That personal objects can be instrumental in supporting a cohesive yet dynamic expression of self over time was underscored during the course of earlier funded research for which Howarth reported findings at an IOrg presentation, March 27, 2012. “Enhancing Pathways to Memory” examined how representative surrogates or “tokens” (photographs, music, textiles, physical objects, etc.) triggered and/or enhanced memory recall in individuals with mild Alzheimer’s Disease (AD). The scope of the study did not include consideration of the role of tokens as memory cues within group settings, or as applied to other adults undergoing normal, healthy brain aging. It did highlight, however, a need to consider how information-rich surrogates might contribute to both individual and collective meaning-making in the construction of self- and group narrative, and in assessing the relative value of storytelling to personal and collective identity among adults. This interactive session will focus on the theoretical framing and methodological approaches to follow-up qualitative research exploring the interplay of objects, narrative (or storytelling),and identity in individual and collective meaning-making, in negotiating common ground, and in enhancing social interactions among individuals who may be marginalized or isolated in their daily lives.