Workshop day 3: Me, We! (And the role of identity)
Famous for being the shortest poem ever, spoken out by somebody we best know as the Greatest. Muhammad Ali. A man who spoke out his believes: to change, inspire and shake-up. A man who above all valued one thing the most: his identity. Today we asked the students to move from me to we. What would you bring if you were forced to escape your home as a group? Do family members think and feel differently? What does your little brother bring, or your grandparents? What are the differences between generations? How important is time and does displacement alter the community structure? Following this logic we researched different cases of displacement during conflict. The journey the Jews made during WWII; the cases of Armenia, Somalia, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Syria. What are similarities, and where do we see differences? One of the main conclusions of the students was that identity is a key element. What defines you as individual, and what is important for your community? Can you carry it with you, does it change due to displacement and separation? And can you (re)build identity? These are questions we have to discuss.