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Exchanging Narratives: Moderators’ Forum

October 19, 2011

This post will contain comments by project directors and co-directors. Comments will pertain to meeting details as well as general responses from the hosts to other streams of conversation.

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  1. richard kearney permalink
    October 27, 2011 5:57 pm

    Dear classes (philosophy, history, fine arts)
    Just a word to explain that in addition to the new tag headings to facilitate more focused on-going exchanges, Rob and Sheila will also be setting up special headings for their own Ireland/Media and Arts and Alternative Media classes. We expect that Fanny Howe will be doing likewise for her Georgetown class shortly.
    This way our different groups can continue the conversations both vertically (within each group) and laterally (across groups).
    Once we have established a good pattern amongst our own blog groups we will then open it up to students from Northern Ireland, Jerusalem and Mitrovica.
    Let us know if you have any questions – and keep blogging for wisdom and justice!
    Richard Kearney

  2. richard kearney permalink
    October 31, 2011 2:31 am

    Dear Students
    I notice that some of the new posts address several of the headings at once – for example, in last few days there were contributions that could have been posted under Trauma or Forms of Narrative. Could I suggest that if you chose one you mention in the other that you have done so – so that we can continue to encourage criss-crossing conversations. This is particularly the case since we have moved away from the single ‘waterfall system’ (after 32 entries it was becoming unwieldy).
    I note that Forgiveness and Forms of Narrative are the busiest tags for now but reckon that Northern Ireland and Trauma and Therapy will fill up after this week’s seminars.
    Let us know if you have any queries
    all the best
    Richard Kearney

  3. Rob Savage permalink
    November 3, 2011 3:25 pm

    Hello Students:

    We are looking forward to today’s seminar, please be sure to come prepared! The reading from the journal, Philosophy, is short and relates to the film clip that will be screened in class. We will use a part of Steve McQueen’s award winning film ‘Hunger’ to begin a discussion concerning different types of narrative exchange. For students in Media and Modern Ireland I’d ask that your journal entry for this film/seminar use this blog and not be written as a stand alone essay.

    Best wishes,
    Rob Savage

  4. richard kearney permalink
    November 11, 2011 11:11 pm

    Dear Students,
    As we move on to readings and panels on therapy and trauma I would encourage you to post your comments under that tag heading – though you may signal connections to the other headings (and existing discussions therein) where appropriate: e.g. forgiveness and narrative forms being the most obvious current conversations.
    We will open a new tag for the ‘Narrative Identity’ panels as they are more specialised in focus, language and reference – around Ricoeur and hermeneutics.
    And just a reminder that each student should post a question or comment after their panel presentation. There are still one or two outstanding.
    look forward to seeing you all on tuesday. Enjoy your Freud and bear in mind the crucial role of ‘narrative’ catharsis (Aristotle) when reading his texts,
    Prof Kearney

  5. Rob Savage permalink
    November 14, 2011 12:02 am

    Dear Students,

    Thanks for your thoughts and contributing to the blog! Its great to see the feedback/conversation develop! Rob Savage

    • Sheila Gallagher permalink
      November 21, 2011 12:04 am

      Contemporary Video: Conflict, Compassion, and Art – December 5th at 5:30

      I want to invite everyone who has been associated with the Narrative Exchange blog to come to our last joint seminar, which will be held on Monday, December 5th from 5:30-7:00 in Devlin 425.

      I plan to show work by Doris Salcedo and another artist named Krzsztof Wodiczko who is best known for creating large scale video installations that address issues war, trauma, and public memory. I will show excerpts from a 1998 project Wodiczko created by projecting the voices and faces of mothers and brothers of murder victims on the façade of the Bunker Hill monument in Charlestown, effectively breaking the “code of silence” that had gripped a portion the Irish American population in Charlestown and South Boston for decades. I hope we can have a discussion of the Suzanne Kern reading (posted ) and different strategies artists use to create empathy.

      We will also show the works- in-progress of a few students who are working with video and narrative exchange. After the presentations we will have a little party.

      Richard Kearney, Rob Savage, and I hope this will be a good opportunity for our students to come together, break bread and speak with each other in a relaxed environment. Hope you can all make it.

      Sheila Gallagher

  6. richard kearney permalink
    December 5, 2011 3:00 pm

    Dear Students

    A new heading – ‘A Tale of Two Sons’ – has just been added to our blog (Dec 3, 2011). This recounts the founding biblical narratives of Abraham and his two sons – Isaac and Ishmael. The Koran and Talmud offer different commentaries on the role these two sons play in the genealogy of the Islamic and Jewish traditions. Reham and Kevin have made two initial postings on these two respective narratives and will continue a brief exchange in the coming days, before we open things up to general discussion.

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