MSA conference in Warsaw 2021:

PoSoCoMeS pre-conference workshops

WORKSHOP 1: Memory Studies and Theatre: Bridging Research and Art

Thursday, 1 July, 6-7 pm CET

Please register here.

Host: MnemoZIN

MnemoZIN is a research collective (Zsuzsa Millei (Tampere University, Finland), Iveta Silova (Arizona State University, USA) and Nelli Piattoeva (Tampere University, Finland)). MnemoZIN leads the Recollect / Reconnect: Crossing the Divides through Memories of Cold War Childhoods project and is part of PoSoCoMeS.

Invited guests:

Playwriter, director and performer Tamás Ördög – Dollardaddy’s Theatre Group

Playwriter and dramaturg Bence Bíró

 

Reconnect / Recollect: Crossing the Divides through Memories of Cold War Childhoods is a collaborative, international and interdisciplinary project seeking to create dialogue among people divided by multiple borders – geopolitical, economic, generational and cultural – inherited from and reordered after the Cold War. Bridging academic research and art, the project (re)collects memories of diverse childhood experiences during the Cold War and its immediate aftermath, bringing into public view alternative and multiple personal histories that have the potential to transfigure divisions into connections. The project uses the method of collective biography and art for remembering, writing, working with and representing childhood memories. This session tells the story of the creative creation of the play ‘KELET/EAST’ inspired by childhood memories. The play premiered to two full houses in Trafó House of Contemporary Art on September 22-23, 2020 in Budapest, Hungary written and performed by Dollardaddy’s theater group. The play is scheduled to be performed regularly in Hungary, Finland and the USA, but performances are being cancelled due to the pandemic situation. 

 

 

We show a 20-minute-long preview of the play followed by a discussion with the artists and researchers about how research and art can work together to bring social research to broader and public audiences in 'promoting reflection, building empathetic connections, forming coalitions, challenging stereotypes, and fostering social action' (Patricia Leavy, Method Meets Art: Arts-Based Research Practice. 3 ed. 2020, p. 205).

WORKSHOP 2: Collective biography: The method and memorywork

Friday, 2 July, 5-8pm CET

Please register here.

 

Host: MnemoZIN

MnemoZIN is a research collective (Zsuzsa Millei (Tampere University, Finland), Iveta Silova (Arizona State University, USA) and Nelli Piattoeva (Tampere University, Finland)). MnemoZIN leads the Recollect / Reconnect: Crossing the Divides through Memories of Cold War Childhoods project and is part of PoSoCoMeS.

Duration: 180 min

Number of participants: unlimited (second part only 20)

In the first part of this workshop, we give an introduction to the Collective Biography (CB) method (Davies & Gannon, 2006) and how we have retooled it for memory research in relation to our project Memories of Everyday Childhoods. Despite its name, CB examines micro-moments of subjectification, discursive effects, relational, affective and material entanglements revealing how individuals and groups subjectively engage with reality and, crucially, their own role in it together with others, human and non-human. In small groups, collectively recalling these events, this type of memorywork moves experience into narrative vignettes enriched with embodied and emotional aspects of memories that might come to light during groupwork. In this process, similar to the autoethnographic genre, the roles of the researcher and the researched are collapsed, and the aim is to understand subjectification collectively, for example, to societal norms, discourses or ideals. We also elaborate the approach’s pragmatic utilization, affordances and challenges, and potentials for memory research. 

 

In the second part of the workshop, we conduct a Collective Biography Memory Workshop in relation to the conference theme: Biological / Ecological Convergences. Please bring to the workshop a childhood memory that resonates with the theme: NATURE. For example, bring a childhood memory about playing or collecting berries or mushrooms in the forest, an event during your holiday in nature, a moment of working on the land, an experience during the excursion to a national park etc. Focus on the short episode and describe the event in as much detail as possible, including even what might be considered to be trivial or inconsequential. Who is there with you (including the more-than-human)? Where are you / describe the surroundings, lights, sounds, trees etc.? How does it feel being there and with others? What sensations do you have in your body? What is the discussion about? Try not to self-censor the memory and share everything that exists in the remembered scene. Only bring a memory that you are happy to share. Limit the length of your memory to about one type-written page (one and a half spaces between lines). If you wish, prepare to show objects, photos and/or artwork/s that are connected to the theme and memories (even if it is not your artwork but you have seen it somewhere and resonates with the memory). 

The first part of the workshop - introduction of the method - is open for everyone, and it lasts for an hour. 

The second part of the workshop – the memorywork - will take 2 hours and is limited to 20 people.