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ARENA: Archive of Refugee Encounter Narratives

"Storytelling is an act of profound hospitality. It always has been; story is an ancient form of generosity, an ancient form that will tell us everything we need to know about the contemporary world. Story has always been a welcoming-in, is always one way or another a hospitable meeting of the needs of others, and a porous artform where sympathy and empathy are only the beginning of things. The individual selves we all are meet and transform into something open and communal. […] We will tell it like it is, and we will work towards the better imagined." (Ali Smith)

ARENA was spawned by the so-called ‘European refugee-crisis’ and the often superficial and one-sided accounts of forced migration that were shaping the public discourse at the time and still determine the popular perception of refugees today. It aims to cultivate, practice and encourage a more refined way of seeing and talking with and about involuntary migrants and to give voice and recognition to them as full members of the society in which they have come to live. To this end a teaching initiative has been developed that brings together students of English literature and refugees over a period of about ten weeks during which they meet regularly and put into writing experiences and impressions of involuntary migration and life as a migrant.
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Contact

ao. Univ.-Prof. Dr. Helga Ramsey-Kurz
University of Innsbruck
A-6020 Innsbruck, Innrain 52

E: helga.ramsey-kurz@uibk.ac.at

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