Sociotechnical assemblages in digital work with Aboriginal languages

LCJ 26 cover

Catherine Bow

LCJ: Special Issue:

Collaborative knowledge work in northern Australia, 26, pp. 12-21
https://doi.org/10.18793/lcj2020.26.03

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Bow, C. (2020). Sociotechnical assemblages in digital work with Aboriginal languages. Learning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social Contexts [Special Issue: Collaborative knowledge work in northern Australia], 26, 12-21. https://doi.org/10.18793/lcj2020.26.03

 

Abstract

In this paper I consider how three digital resources for the preservation and transmission of Australian Indigenous language function as ‘sociotechnical assemblages.’ The three projects under consideration are a digital archive of materials from a particular era in Indigenous education in Australia’s Northern Territory, an online template for presenting language data under Indigenous authority, and an online course teaching a specific Indigenous language (Bininj Kunwok) in a higher education context. Considering each of these as a sociotechnical assemblage – collections of heterogeneous elements which entangle the social and the technical – and exploring how they constitute connections and contrive equivalences between different knowledge practices, and how they resist such actions, highlights how they can open up spaces for new collaborative work.

 

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