Milena Droumeva addresses the increased use of mobile devices by researchers gathering ethnographic data and demonstrates how sensory postcards can be a model and method that “unite sensory ethnography and cultural studies toward questions around urban experience.” To Droumeva, a sensory postcard is a way of capturing a moment in time as a media artefact. Yaletown, Vancouver, Canada is used as an example and Droumeva has suggestions for mobile apps to assist in creating sensory postcards. Sensory postcards have a great deal of potential in capturing events and limited geographic areas; their use could easily be adapted to genealogical research.
Example of one of Droumeva’s sensory postcards:
Droumeva, M. (2015, June 29). Sensory postcards: Using mobile media for digital ethnographies [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://ethnographymatters.net/blog/2015/06/29/sensory-postcards-using-mobile-media-for-digital-ethnographies/