The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Darcy Alexandra, a lecturer at the Institute for Social Anthropology, University of Bern, specialising in ethnography and documentary storyteller focusing on audio-visual anthropology, digital storytelling and social documentary practices. Her own PhD research (Alexandra, 2014) involved working with asylum-seekers in Ireland. The workshop itself consisted of an introductory session, a deeper storytelling circle and the production of the digital stories. She was assisted on day two by two photographers. As a participant and researcher myself, I observed and wrote field notes throughout the three days. I carried out in-depth interviews, and an online survey, with participants and the facilitator after the workshop. I also used narrative analysis of the stories including my own, to collect data. My question again was to what extent working with community partners suffering some level of social exclusion and use of digital story telling was useful for student engagement with DE and what was the impact on the participating partners.
From this group, a PME student and a man living in the Direct Provision system in Cork, agreed to become one of my ‘key community participants’. Names are deliberately changed or not used.
Ola Yusuf Tijani
Nomaxabiso Princess Maye
Gertrude Cotter (Researcher)
C. Grant (Student)