Glances of performing memories

text by Camila da Rosa Ribeiro It was a rainy morning - no surprises there as it is October in Helsinki - and I was rushing to get the tram that would drop me at the door of the place where we start the second Reconnect/Recollect workshop day exploring memories of childhood. Our group in Helsinki worked on memories related to materialities. Memories of toys, boots, make up and birthday parties filled the room. I wanted to be there early…

Re/connecting research and teaching: Memory work as pedagogical tool

In our research project, ‘Re-Connect / Re-Collect: Crossing the Divides through Memories of Cold War Childhoods’, we explore memory stories created in collective biography workshops that tell about experiences of childhood in socialist societies during the Cold War. The project brings into view personal histories with an aim to connect generations and the public across still existing divides. Utilizing the perspectives of our research and turning memory work into a pedagogical tool, we decided to experiment with a course at…

Thinking upon thinking, frame upon frame

Written by Raluca Țurcanașu How can you write about the Revolution when only now, like a baby, 30 y after that you learn about it? HoW DaRE yoU?? How can you tell it to boomers? How can you tell it to folks double your age who f-the-king lived it Each on his own? How can you approach GenXers, With empathic criticism: „Mum, Dad, why didn’t you tell me more?” “Hey Auntie, how was it like to be a teenager then,…

Imaginary escape during Chilean dictatorship

I was born in Chile, a country where between 1970 and 1973 there was an elected socialist government. This kind of regime was a novelty because until then, all socialist countries had come to power through violent means and many of them became totalitarian societies controlling their populations’ most intimate practices. It was through such violence that the democratically-elected socialist government of Chile was overthrown. The coup d’état of Tuesday, September 11, 1973 (Chilean 9/11) established a dictatorship led by…

From another planet: Childhood experiences of foreignness in communist Romania

Written by Mihaela Enache Mihaela has worked in the education field for more than three decades, as a teacher in the early childhood and primary sectors, as well as a lecturer and a professional learning facilitator. At present, she is a PhD candidate at the University of Auckland. Having immigrated to New Zealand in 2001, she found a passion in culture and diversity studies, teacher identity and volunteer work in the community. She is actively involved with the Romanian community…

Un/Doing Collective Biography

In September and October 2019, our memory workshops ran across 4 sites - Berlin, Riga, Helsinki and Mexico City. We were excited to meet participants in person after getting to know everyone a little bit through online workshops and our online workspace on Slack. Alongside generating memory stories through sharing, discussion and writing, we also incorporated site-specific arts-based experiments and visits to exhibitions and theater. We decided to use collective biography (Davies and Gannon, 2006) as a methodology to produce…