Doing the Feminist Intergenerational Mic: Methodological Reflections on Digital Storytelling as Process and Praxis

May Chazan, Madeline Macnab


In this article, we reflect on the methodology of a digital storytelling workshop held in May 2016, gathering activists and academics across four generations to share and record their activist histories. Drawing on observational notes and participant feedback, we investigate whether and how the workshop challenged knowledge-production conventions, ageist assumptions, and intergenerational scripts. We offer the concept of a feminist intergenerational mic, arguing that the norm-challenging possibilities of this methodology lay not in providing access to a mic, but rather in particular, routinized, feminist and intergenerational practices. Through this article, we contribute to conversations about feminist methodologies, power and vulnerability in research, participatory media creation, and aging studies.


Digital storytelling; Feminist methodology; Participatory methodology; Intergenerationality; multimedia creation; Critical arts-based methods; Aging and technology; Activism

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