Sociotechnical assemblages in digital work with Aboriginal languages

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-21
Number of pages10
JournalLearning Communities: International Journal of Learning in Social contexts
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2020

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