Interactive documentary is still an emerging field that eludes concise definitions or boundaries. Grounded in practice-based research, this collection seeks to expand the sometimes exclusionary field, giving voice to scholars and practitioners working outside the margins.

Editors Kathleen M. Ryan and David Staton have curated a collection of chapters written by a global cohort of scholars to explore the ways that interactive documentary as a field of study reveals an even broader reach and definition of humanistic inquiry itself. The contributors included here highlight how emerging digital technologies, collaborative approaches to storytelling, and conceptualizations of practice as research facilitate a deeper engagement with the humanistic inquiry at the center of documentary storytelling, while at the same time providing agency and voice to groups typically excluded from positions of authority within documentary and practice-based research, as a whole. This collection represents a key contribution to the important, and vocal, debates within the field about how to avoid replicating colonial practices and privileging.

This is an important book for practice-based researchers as well as advanced-level media and communication students studying documentary media practices, interactive storytelling, immersive media technologies, and digital methodologies.

part One|62 pages


chapter 1|17 pages

Agency Through Co-Creation

Interactive Documentary as Decolonizing Practice

chapter 2|18 pages

Interactive Documentary

Its History and Future as a Polyphonic Form

chapter 3|7 pages

Choose Your Own Generation

Interactive LGBTQ+ Narratives From South Asian Families

chapter 4|18 pages

Documentary Impact

A Framework for Analyzing Engagement Strategies Used in I-docs

part Two|36 pages


part Three|46 pages


chapter 8|15 pages

Interactive Multispecies Documentary Methods in Wretched Waters

The Slow Violence of the Rio Doce Disaster

chapter 9|10 pages

On Histories of Dispersal, the Missing Pictures, and Ways of Knowing

The Artist's Space Redefined for a Plural Art Practice

chapter 10|19 pages

Decolonizing Transmedia Practices

An Essay on Editing

part Four|40 pages


chapter 11|15 pages

Between Self and Other

Propositions for Non-Dualistic Research on VR

chapter 12|7 pages

Beyond Technology's Promise

Building Trust, Owning Narrative, Self-Authorship, and the Power of Storytelling!

chapter 13|16 pages

Desert Stars

Effectuation and Co-Creation in a Research-Creation I-doc

part Five|47 pages

Expanding Boundaries

chapter 14|17 pages

Guerrilla Archaeology and Ancient Aliens

Countering the Mediascapes of Stigmatized Knowledge

chapter 16|9 pages

In the Light of Memory

chapter 17|11 pages

Expanding Boundaries, Indigenous, and Migrant Cartographies

Counter-Mapping the International Relations of the Odeimin Runners Club