Genres and generations in the net: stories, links, connections

LHBN Conference 5-­8 March 2015. Stories that make a difference/Histoires qui font une différence.

Marone Francesca (University of Naples "Federico II", Italy), Intergenerational networks. Genres and generations in the net: stories, links, connections

School and university can be a privileged field of action in which the experience and social phenomena can be read in new ways, and critics. Hence the hypothesis of a search centered on the importance of narrative in a educational community through a project of intergenerational storytelling; research guided by the recognition of prejudices, stereotypes and prohibitions that cross generations and are carried mainly by the media and the electronic media as well as the focus of relationships, connections and interconnections that is, however, possible to reconstruct as essential for survival between generations through the exchange of a memory that will become the common heritage through storytelling.
Therefore, the work is intended to illustrate one of our experimentation with the technique of digital storytelling, aimed at integrating narrative practices, stories and mash up media content (music, TV series, movies, books, news of current events) aimed at sharing of social values, analysis of myths transmitted between generations, the construction of a path of identity.
This was a participatory workshop directly involving female third-year psychology students, which aims to build and revise the identity of the participants in order to rememory, reinvention and cultural mixing, addressing the issues of gender and generation. The theoretical framework that has guided us on this path is the critical feminist pedagogy.
The students interviewed a significant adult in their family; work focuses on the following issues: the recounting of one's own childhood; personal geography and the historical and social context of reference; gender role; one's own educational path and the resources used at difficult times; emotional and sentimental relations; the choice of profession and work; the link with the family of origin, generativity and the relationship with successive generations. And then they told  collected story through the medium of digital storytelling, each in a special, personal, way.
The main objective of this research is to facilitate the reflection of subjectivity as gendered, whose lives and whose relationships are mediated by cultural forms and institutions, when writing an autobiography is a way of understanding their own history. In this sense, storytelling is used as a key to understanding the concepts of family relationships of the participants with respect to their positions in a system of gender and power relations of dependence but also of care, by exploring the expressions of independence, factors protections and resilience. The aim is to further explore the use of narrative device to connect the memories, practices and skills between generations in order to build individual and collective assets to draw from in terms of cognitive and emotional literacy, as a device for well-being.

Key words: intergenerational relations, identity, narratives, digital stories, feminist pedagogy



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