MY STORY – Digital Storytelling for Social Cohesion across Europe

Gardner, Abigail S ORCID: 0000-0003-2994-741X (2017) MY STORY – Digital Storytelling for Social Cohesion across Europe. In: Social Cohesion in Times of Uncertainty, 24-25 September, Cumberland Lodge. (Unpublished)

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‘MyStory’ (MYSTY) is a pan-European, Erasmus+ funded Digital Storytelling project focused on intercultural competency. 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 shared ‘toolbox’. These stories focus on ‘food’, ‘family’ and ‘festival’ and act as a platform for diversity awareness and digital upskilling. The 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 and feed into positive models of social cohesion. As issues related to migration present a transnational challenge, Mysty provides a transnational cross-sectional educational tool to enhance intercultural competency. 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’ ( 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 this presentation 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. We are also encountering storytelling that owes more to the therapeutic (Chidgey, 2014; Thumim, 2010) and are thinking how that fits into our project.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
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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 14:35
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2023 19:25

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