Giving Voice? Facilitating Social and Community Resilience: SIEF Summer School 2018

Giving Voice? Facilitating Social and Community Resilience
SIEF International Summer School, 22–29 June 2018
Hosted by the Elphinstone Institute for Ethnology, Folklore, and Ethnomusicology University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Venue The Sail Loft, Portsoy, Banffshire, Scotland

The second SIEF International Summer School will address community social resilience from two perspectives. First, we will explore how communities reinvent themselves and repurpose the past during and after radical socio-economic change, repairing old connections while creating and maintaining new ones. In this process, grass roots activists draw on tradition, history, and new and old ideas, to reconnect the threads that create cohesive subgroups and feed into an area’s cultural self-esteem, an essential element in building resilience and the social structures required to make a community work. Second, we will address how the folklorist/ethnologist can play a role in this project through sensitive, ethical partnership working, taking as given our reflexive impact on the transaction. Inevitably, there will be both tensions and opportunities, but through slow ethnography, we can hope to achieve a balance that works for both parties.

The aim of Local Voices’ contribution to the SIEF programme is to create a process through which students can come and learn about how to facilitate the gathering, recording and sharing of the community’s collective voice. Throughout the process, participating students will be invited to reflect on the role of the ethnologist the community.