MY STORY: Storytelling in and across 'place’

Gardner, Abigail S ORCID: 0000-0003-2994-741X (2017) MY STORY: Storytelling in and across 'place’. In: Storytelling and Place, April 20 - 21, University of South Wales. (Unpublished)

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‘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. MYSTY aims to provide validity to experience irrespective of cultural background, using storytelling as a positive mechanism to counter negative stereotype (Salazar, 2010). We work from an awareness that ‘The current context of rapid migration into Europe associated with the international tensions, have revealed growing distances between different cultures and communities, including in educational setting, and involving intolerant attitudes and behaviours’ ( This paper highlights the project, its challenges and its expectations. It mobilises theoretical contributions from popular music interventions on folk music as a foundation because they offer an understanding of the tensions around ‘place’. Folk music is at once rooted, or ‘grounded’ (in specific cultures and histories and particularly in the land) and ‘de-territorialized’ (Deleuze and Guattari, 1972) since it travels not only across differing spaces but across time (Bohlman, 1988: Connell and Gibson, 2003: Negus, 2012). These readings of the dynamic interplay between roots and routes in European folk music offer a map from where we can trace out migration stories that, whilst focused on the micro; intimate, the familial and the traditional, are interwoven with the macro; movements across time and place, of travelling.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
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Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Creative Arts
Research Priority Areas: Creative Practice and Theory
Culture, Continuity, and Transformation
Depositing User: Abigail Gardner
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2017 14:17
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 19:29

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