Memory Shaping in Migration Age: Amal’s Walking

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Vildan Mahmutoglu,
Galatasaray University, Turkey

DOI: 10.47298/comela22.9-1
The GLOCAL Proceedings:  The GLOCAL Conference in the Mediterranean and Europe 2022


Memory forms through visual and auditory perception and experience. Yet, memory studies frequently note that past traumas influence memory and the shaping of memory. Here, studies on past suffering influence the field of memory studies. For example, Huyssen notes that the narratives concerning past trauma not only transfer this past pain but also build memory which will emerge in the future (2018). At the present time, the creation of narratives is increasingly shifting away from large institutions, where short story pieces are gaining a place in general media through their formation as micronarratives, thus structuring contemporary communication.
Such is the case with puppet theatre and its narratives. For example, in Turkey, one popular current puppet theatre narrative is the journey of the puppet Amal, the Syrian girl protagonist in a puppet play created by the Good Chance Theatre. Within the narrative, Amal begins her journey in Gaziantep, a city in southern Turkey near the Turkish-Syrian border, and reaches the large city of Izmir, in Turkey, as a final destination. This study was carried out in Izmir, which is the last stop of Amal in Turkey. Before leaving Turkey, there were several activities held, and refugee children and Turkish children came together with Amal in those events. They played some games together to contribute to Amal’s Izmir Diary – (Izmir Art, July 6, 2022)
In the research, focus groups and in-depth interviews were realized with the children who participated in these events. By analysing the interviews, the effect of Amal’s walking performance on Syrian children will be revealed by keeping in the mind the key phrase ‘forming the memory’ and micronarrative.

Keywords: Migration, micronarrative, art performance, linguistic anthropology, Amal’s walk


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