- Created with: Transmedia Story Lab and History Moves
- Collaborators: Jennifer Brier, Marquez Rhyne, Matthew Wizinsky, Melissa Gilliam, Gary Kafer, and Chelsea Ridley
- Support: Humanities Without Walls Consortium, “The Work of the Humanities in a Changing Climate grant” (supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation)
“Transmedia Collage: Histories of Violence and Futures of Health on Chicago’s South Side” is a project that illustrates how a climate of structural violence has impacted the health and wellbeing of black adolescents on Chicago’s South Side. The South Side of Chicago is one of the largest contiguous African American urban communities in the United States. Despite its vibrant history as a political and cultural center of Black life, this area is one of the most racially segregated and isolated communities in the country. Today, national and local media paint a picture of the area, and its youth, as dangerous and disorderly. This project contends that rather than focusing on interpersonal violence, attention should be focused on the area’s structural violence.
Transmedia Collage is a collaboration with the University of Chicago’s Transmedia Story Lab and History Moves at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Relying on faculty, staff, two graduate students in the humanities and sciences, and technical expertise from Transmedia Story Lab, the team is collaborating with black South Side adolescents and adults to gather oral histories of key South Side neighborhoods, including Englewood, Greater Grand Grossing, North Lawndale, Washington Park, and Woodlawn. Following the recording of interviews about histories of the South Side, participants will use transmedia tools to create speculative narratives about possible futures of their neighborhoods.
A press release on the Transmedia Collage grant and launch.