Workshop No. 2: Sharing and discussing memories
A week later, we met for the second workshop day. One at a time, we took turns describing our memories to each other. Memories took form in written text or were performed in spoken words through a live recall. After each depicted memory, we discussed the meaning laid out in the text. The discussion touched on a lot of different things; our guts, notions of memory, what engaging with exhibition allows us to do, just to name a few. By now, you might wonder what the workshops brought about. I will leave the content of our discussion aside and instead list some of the methodological challenges that emerged in the process of experimenting with memory-work. I use the format of the list as other ideas/challenges always can be added.
Challenges in experiment with memory-work: A list
- Introducing the topic. An introduction workshop on memory metaphors directed the attention away from our gut-psyche relations (which is the object of study in my PhD). How can the first workshop address the topic more directly but still facilitate a curiosity-driven exploration?
- The status of the exhibition. Was it all about exploring the exhibition or about using the exhibition to contextualize, visualize and illustrate a research topic?
- Practical issues. Making pin boards in the exhibition room has many bottlenecks.
- Analyzing material in various genres and modalities. Although describing memories in various modalities, this also increases complexity and makes it more difficult to analyze each memory. Might the genres and modalities draw the attention away from the actual research topic?
- Where did the body go? The first workshop activated the body, but at the second workshop we primarily engaged with the bodily gut-psyche connections through words. How can the body engage us more actively in the second workshop?
Inspirations for content and concepts
The content of this blog was inspired by the following literature:
Crawford, J., Kippax, S., Onyx, J., Gault, U., & Benton, P. (1992). Emotion and Gender. Constructing Meaning from Memory. SAGE Publications, Inc.
Haug, F., Andresen, S., Bünz-Elfferding, A., Hauser, K., Lang, U., Laudan, M., Lüdeman, M., Meir, U., Nemitz, B., Niehoff, E., Prinz, R., Räthzel, N., Scheu, M., & Thomas, C. (1999). Female Sexualization: A Collective Work of Memory. Verso Classics.
Middleton, D., & Brown, S. D. (2005). The Social Psychology of Experience: Studies in Remembering and Forgetting. SAGE Publications Ltd.