The digital turn has transformed lived experiences, particularly the ways in which they can be documented, disseminated, and followed. When researching marginalized groups whose social status is often mirrored in the archive by blatant gaps in their documentation, interdisciplinary methods, for instance oral histories, can fill in blank spaces.
Over the last few years, easy to use digital tools have enabled us to literally put marginalized historical actors back on the map. Tonight, I toyed around with FabulaMap to digitally track the journey of one of my interviewees. I could add a lot more details and nuances but this map provides some of the most important stations in the life of this civil rights advocate.
I think tools like these make for excellent active-learning assignments in the classroom.