My Story

Gardner, Abigail S (2017) My Story. In: UnTold - international digital storytelling event, July 11-12 2017, University of East London. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

MY STORY – WHO WE ARE. WHAT WE DO. ‘MyStory’ (MYSTY) is a pan-European, Erasmus+ funded Digital Storytelling project focused on migration and minority experiences. It has 8 partners (HE, secondary schools and NGOs) across 4 countries (Austria, Italy, Hungary and the UK) and involves the collection, editing and uploading of digital stories to a Digital Storytelling Toolbox website. These stories focus on ‘food’, ‘family’ and ‘festival’ and act as a platform for diversity awareness and digital upskilling. The MYSTY Project is driven by the principle that innovative teaching resources form part of broader pedagogic strategies that can actively help tackle issues of diversity common across the EU. As issues related to migration present a transnational challenge, Mysty provides a transnational cross-sectional educational tool to enhance intercultural competency. MY STORY and STORYTELLING PRACTICES DEME: Challenges and Questions. MYSTY sits productively within the ‘Storytelling Practices’ deme since it will encourage and archive different stories told from a variety of cultural perspectives. Two key challenges for the project centre around expectations and uptake. The first relates to narratives that may surface in the digital stories around ‘food’, ‘family’ and ‘festival’, which we hope will illustrate shared experiences to counterbalance negative portrayals of migration broadcast across European media. The second challenge is how to ensure continued reference to and uptake of, the archive of digital stories on the MyStory site in order to maintain their continued use in the classroom (Dogan & Robin, 2008). A third challenge relates to variegated technical competency and digital access which we are negotiating through the introduction of soft media skills such as listening and interviewing and editorial decision making. MYSTY aims to provide validity to experience irrespective of cultural background, using storytelling as a positive mechanism to counter negative stereotype (Salazar, 2010). How those voices are then ‘heard’ by different pupils both in situ and online will have to be negotiated with care (De Leeuw & Rydin, 2007). Different stories may reveal ethical, cultural or personal issues. As such, one of the questions we would like to address in the deme is how to manage unexpected narratives or negative engagement. Pupils will be positioned as active agents in creating meaningful narratives; how these narratives then ‘fit’ with national curricula is a further question that we anticipate may elicit some interesting discussions within the deme.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Media > Music and Media
Research Priority Areas: Being Human - Past, Present & Future
Depositing User: Abigail Gardner
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2017 14:23
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 14:29
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5023

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