[MGSA-L] Writing for Peace in Divided Cyprus -- Presentation by John Higgins on Tuesday, Oct 25, 11:45am in MC 252, USF

Roland Moore rolandmo at pacbell.net
Sun Oct 23 14:05:52 PDT 2011

From: mkliro at sfsu.edu -forwarding from Eleni Stecopoulos [estecopoulos at usfca.edu]

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From: Tara P Donohoe <tpdonohoe at usfca.edu<mailto:tpdonohoe at usfca.edu>>


You are welcome and encouraged to attend John Higgins' presentation on Tuesday, October 25 at 11:45am in McLaren 252. The details of his presentation are described below.

Writing for Peace:
Self-Reflexivity through Digital Storytelling and Oral History
in Divided Cyprus

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
11:45am     McLaren 252

John W. Higgins, Ph.D.
Fulbright Scholar, Cyprus, 2010
Adjunct Professor, USF Department of Rhetoric and Language

This presentation describes a peace-building project in Cyprus fall 2010 and 2008, using self-reflexive writing projects in the creation of personal digital stories and oral histories.  The project was designed and implemented by the presenter in fall 2010.  Based on the critical pedagogy framework of Brazilian educator Paulo Freire with implementation through communication scholar Brenda Dervin=92s Sense-Making Methodology, the project included concepts and practices from digital storytelling and community-based media.

The endeavor involved university students in Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities, as well as civil society organizations constituting the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC).  Self-reflexive writing exercises served as the basis for developing personal stories within a group context.  The narratives focused on stories of personal relevance: transcendence, transformation, change.  A community celebration shared the completed digital stories at a neutral space: the Fulbright Center and the Cyprus Community Media Centre in the UN buffer zone in Nicosia.  The stories are available at  http://www.youtube.com/CyprusStories

Responses from participants indicate the power of self-reflexive writing to affect significant personal and social change, guided through digital storytelling and oral history projects, and in concert with community-based organizations and media.

The project has continued in 2011 with support from the Cyprus Fulbright Commission and the Bicommunal Support Program of the U.S. Embassy in Cyprus.

Tara Donohoe
Program Assistant, Department of Rhetoric and Language
University of San Francisco
tpdonohoe at usfca.edu<mailto:tpdonohoe at usfca.edu>

Eleni Stecopoulos, PhD
Adjunct Professor
Department of Rhetoric and Language
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117-1080
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