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Rajieen: An Interdisciplinary Engagement Design to Revive and Sustain the Sense of Belonging

Obaid, Razan (2024) Rajieen: An Interdisciplinary Engagement Design to Revive and Sustain the Sense of Belonging. Masters thesis, OCAD University.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Obaid, Razan

“راجعين” or “Rajieen” is an interdisciplinary engagement design thesis project focused on preserving Palestinian cultural heritage. Originating from my personal experience as a Jordanian/Palestinian immigrant in Toronto, the project addresses the gap between diasporic communities and their indigenous culture and language. Through primary methods such as interviews, workshops, and surveys, combined with secondary research, Rajieen explores the experiences of Palestinian immigrants and their descendants. Drawing on theories of belonging and design methodologies, including co-creation, symbolism, and narrative space, the project culminates in an innovative board game at the heart of an interactive exhibition space that narrates the story of the project. The interdisciplinary approach not only aims to revive and sustain Palestinian cultural heritage but also to foster a deep sense of cultural belonging among immigrant communities. It is a reminder to celebrate the rich culture and profound land of Palestine, which no matter what it goes through, will forever be so fertile and continue to give, inspire, and share its rich culture, stories, and positivity to its people and all the people around the world.

Date: 7 May 2024
Uncontrolled Keywords: Belonging, cultural heritage, graphic design, board game design, narrative space, storytelling, exhibition design, immersive experience, multisensory experience, engagement design, co-design, symbolism, semiotics, typography, Autoethnography, immigration, Palestine, diaspora, Arabic, interdisciplinary
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design
Date Deposited: 07 May 2024 13:58
Last Modified: 07 May 2024 13:58
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4439

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