Hands-on Anthropology and Storytelling
Dr. Younes Saramifar designed and coordinated the course in order to initiate the summer school and articulate our interest in storytelling and collaborative anthroplogy. He joined us to discuss the writing process, the ethnographic puzzle and what is the meaing image and visual records in a written text.
Hands-on Anthropology and Questioning Collaborative Storytelling
Dr. Loraine Nencel spoke of what does it mean to tell a story along the people instead of through them. She questioned the power relationship between an ethnographer and those who share their stories wth her/him.
We challenged ourself from the begining to tell stories together along the world that shares stories with us.
Listening to Stories
After the class two Syrian friends who generously shared their stories joined us. Rahaf, a young Syrian, who fled from Syria since the upheaval in the country, shared her stories and conversed with students. We practiced what we learned Hands-on and tried to see if we can find better ways of talking about the world.
Hands-on Anthropology and the Force of Biography
Dr. Kathy Davis joined us and talked about the force of biography. How to understand the story of life and it can inform the lager patterns of sociocultural issues and how should we narrate them. She introduced her work and showed how we can intertwine biography and analytical skills to speak of the world within the stories.
Hands-on Anthropology and the Question of Identities
Professor Halleh Ghorashi shared her stories and how we become who we are in the context of our everyday lives, displacements and the life that surprises us. The issue of silences were discussed and sometimes stories remain silent and unarticulated. She spoke of hybrid identities and how the stories make people who they are.
Hands-On Anthropology and Unexpected Stories of the Field
Dr. Marina de Regdt came to us with story of a friendship that began during her fieldwork in Yemen but it continued long after she left the field. She showed how stories become convoluted and entagle themselves into our lives.
Hands-on Anthropology and the Lateral Eye
Professor Pal Nyiri elaborated on what he calls a lateral eye in order to encourage to search for stories in direction beyond how they appear in front of our eyes. He explained how we should move beyond the narrow focus while conducting an ethnography and learn what is happeing around our stories and how stories develop beyond our scope as well.
Hands-on Anthropology and Creative Writing
Sipko Melissen joined us to teach how to begin with the story and how to tell scientific stories beautifully. He spoke of the begining of the stories and how should we develop a narrative-I while we craft a story. This class that was heart and soul of our program became emotional and our stories became our bound as the students wrote about their lives.
Hands-on Anthropology and Finding the Intersection between Method and Imagination
Sipko and Dr. Ton Salman sat together and commented on each other's writing. Sipko read an article written by Ton and suggested how it can turn to a creative, imaginative and eloquent story. Then, Ton commented on a literary article written by Sipko. The class was a dialogue between the two men who shared love of words and stories. The students joined the dialogue and tried to see if they can find their ways in the intersection between imagination and method.
Hand-on Anthroplogy and use of visual records
Ola Plonska and Dr. Younes Saramifar spoke of visual storytelling and how visual records can compliment the text. Ola shared her short movies and helped students to craft a text that can include images that are telling in themself instead use of image for mere decoration.