Dr. Nicole Basaraba

Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities, TCD

Nicole Basaraba


Hi there!

I, Nicole Basaraba (BA, MA, PhD, PGCertHE), joined the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies and Centre for Digital Humanities at Trinity College Dublin in 2023 as an Assistant Professor in Digital Humanities. My research focuses on the creative practices for developing and evaluating interactive digital narratives for nonfiction genres.

As a transdisciplinary scholar, my research focuses on how digital storytelling allows for evolving interpretations and public participation (e.g. co-creation) and can increase understanding of cultural heritage and difficult heritage through slow tourism and public history approaches. I have participated in a number of research projects that involve collaborators from different sectors including cultural heritage institutions and corporate partners. Past case studies for my research include an interactive web documentary for the UNESCO World Heritage Australian Convict Sites, a mobile app for The National Famine Way (Ireland), a policy brief related to the European Capitals of Culture Initiative, and paper on paranormal investigations as a form of virtual dark tourism on YouTube. My first monograph, Transmedia for Cultural Heritage: Remixing History was published by Routledge in 2021, and I have published over 20 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, book chapters, as well as a variety of public-impact pieces (e.g., a policy brief, academic blog post, public radio shows, research events published on YouTube, and a manual on good practices towards academic citational justice for minority groups).

Areas of Expertise:

  • media theory
  • digital/interactive media
  • transmedia storytelling (e.g., iDocs, locative mobile apps, interactive web exhibitions)
  • multimedia creative production
  • communications studies
  • big data analysis (e.g., user-generated content, digital archives)
  • digital humanities
  • cultural heritage
  • public history
  • dark tourism

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My completed postdoctoral research:

After submitting my thesis, I completed a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Centre for Contemporary History at the University of Luxembourg where I worked on developing a plan for a mobile application associated with the Remixing Industrial Pasts project.

As part of Studio Europa Maastricht my focus was on the theme of Identity, Heritage and the Citizens’ Perspective. I investigated the emerging concept of creative placemaking and how the techniques can be used to contribute to storytelling about the heritage and identity of citizens in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion. My work was supported not only by colleagues in Studio Europa Maastricht, but also by my interdisciplinary collaborations within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (Maastricht Centre for Arts and Culture, Conservation and Heritage) and the Faculty of Science and Engineering (Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering).

My PhD

My PhD is in Digital Humanities from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) and it was funded by the ADAPT Centre  – The Global Centre for Excellent in Digital Content Technologies. I have a Master of Arts in Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta (Canada).

On the Chron-nicoles blog, I write about academia, heritage, culture, tourism and storytelling.

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