Towards a Participatory Memory: Multi-platform Storytelling in Historical Television Documentary

Hagedoorn, B., 2015, In : Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies. 29, 4, p. 579-592 14 p.

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This article explores strategies used by television programme makers in the multi-platform era, principally concerning personal memories of historical events. The availability and use of televisual materials has increased in the current ?post-scarcity culture?, especially through the digitization of archival collections and production of history-based content for television. The author therefore considers the contemporary role of television in the active experience of (re-)engaging with past events in the present. The analysis focuses on a specific case of historical television documentary, the Dutch cross-media project In Europe, grounded in a textual analysis of the project and the creators' strategies of multi-platform storytelling. These strategies hold opportunities and implications for a specific kind of shared engagement with the past, which can arguably be called a ?participatory memory?.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-592
Number of pages14
JournalContinuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • multi-platform storytelling strategies, space of participation, participatory memory, cultural memory, historical television documentary, cross-media

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