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Sabotaging the toxic narrative infrastructure: guerrilla narrative in theory and practice 
Marco Armiero
Anupama Mohan (Indian Institute of Technology Jodhpur)
Camelia Dewan (Uppsala University)
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Decolonizing Environmental Pasts
Room 6
Friday 23 August, -, -
Time zone: Europe/Helsinki
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Short Abstract:

Narratives can be powerful tools of oppression and liberation. This workshop assumes that there is a toxic narrative infrastructure that silences, normalizes, and invisibilizes injustices. Guerrilla narrative is the assemblage of practices aiming to sabotage it while proposing alternative stories.

Long Abstract:

We envision this workshop as an informal space where to share guerrilla narrative experiences. Armiero et al. (2019) have started talking about guerrilla narrative as the ensemble of practices aiming to sabotage “toxic narratives”, that is, the rhetoric device operationalized to normalizes or invisibilzies injustices. First of all, guerrilla narrative implies to recognize the toxic narrative infrastructure in which we are immersed without even noticing it. It means to nurture the art of noticing, of escaping from the trick of naturalization and normalization. Where are the toxic narratives around and within us? Which exercises can we – as scholars and teachers -- implement to notice them? However, for us guerrilla narrative is not simply the unheard story of oppression reclaimed from the memory dump; rather, guerrilla narrative is the practice of reimagining subaltern stories, storying them, and making collective identities. If it is true that the first step to crush a community is to take its history away (Klein et al., 2009), regaining control of the ways of remembering and storytelling is first and foremost an act of sabotage. Can guerrilla narrative be a research methodology? And in which relationships with oral history, for instance? We summon the many who have been practicing guerrilla narrative in their own terms. We wish to learn from each other experiences and practices with the conviction that we do not need any formalized methodologies but rather a community of practices committed to sabotage toxic narratives wherever they are, from the classroom to the archive.

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Session 1 Friday 23 August, 2024, -
Session 2 Friday 23 August, 2024, -