Erin Goheen Glanville

Worn Words, a listening research project on ordinary terms and stories of forced migration

 

People use everyday words like ‘refugee’ or ‘border,’ ‘welcome’ or ‘security’ to communicate about cultures of displacement. What if communities were as curious about the ordinary stories of those terms as they were eager to hear the extraordinary personal stories of people they don’t know? What can be known about the way those words have been worn? My current research project is “Digital Storytelling as a Method for Critical Dialogue on Refugees in Canada,” a postdoctoral fellowship funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

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Recent Talks

Spring conferences, presentations, and facilitations.

Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, May 2019

Canadian Association for Refugee and Forced Migration Studies, May 2019

Beyond feedback and collaboration: Reworking the ethics of grassroots community-engaged critical refugee studies 

Abstract: This paper draws on my current knowledge mobilization project, Worn Words, turning critical refugee studies into educational media that resists humanitarian and nationalist frames for refugee cultures but in an invitational and winsome way. It narrates my journey through different understandings of ethical engagement: from consultation, to collaboration, and now to partnership, which I define as respecting one another's institutional and social constraints and offering one another what we can in pursuit of, sometimes, divergent goals.

Canadian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies

Canadian Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies

Listening in Production: Digital Narratives as Critical Refugee Studies Praxis

Abstract: This presentation outlines the emergence of ‘listening’ as a keyword in my research project, Worn Words, which is experimenting with putting critical refugee theory into practice through digital storytelling. A montage of research interview footage will show the diverse significance of ‘listening’ for postcolonial approaches to migration research.

The Line Crossed Us: New Directions in Critical Border Studies

The Line Crossed Us: New Directions in Critical Border Studies

The Challenge of Collaborative Digital Storytelling as a Method for Critical Dialogue on the Border

Abstract: This presentation will bring together research interview footage on the term ‘border’ with reflections on my method of media production and research in a grassroots community-engaged context. The footage comes from my SSHRC-funded postdoctoral project, Digital Storytelling as a Method for Critical Dialogue on Refugees in Canada, which is an experiment in gathering knowledge from diverse experiential bases to support critical narrations of key terms in current asylum discourse. 

Other presentations

  • 14 June 2019 - plenary speaker at BC Refugee Hub event

  • 18 April 2019 - advisory committee and panel chair, Refugee and Migration Research Day at SFU

  • April 2019 - students’ work displayed at SFU Public Square Summit on Misinformation

  • 28 March 2019 - giving a lightning research talk at SFU’s Annual Postdoc Research Day


 

Erin
Goheen
Glanville

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I am a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Communication and a Research Associate at the Centre for Policy Studies on Culture and Communities at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. My current research is a knowledge mobilisation project on the everyday discourse of contemporary forced migration dialogues in Canada. As an educator, writer, and community-engaged scholar, I am involved in a diversity of projects and organisations broadly related to narrative and displacement. Check out my Community page to see where I’ve given public talks and organisations I’ve been involved with. Check out my Research page to find published articles. My most recent publication is “Refracting Exoticism in Video Representations of the Victim-Refugee: K’Naan, Angelina Jolie, and Research Responsibilities” in Crossings: Journal of Migration and Culture (2018).

 

 

Community Workshops

 

I offer facilitated community workshops, roundtable dialogues, and seminars on forced migration and narrative and on the ethics of storytelling. I have facilitated events for participants and organisations in Australia, Canada, and the United States. Public workshops often include multimedia screenings, large and small group discussion, and take home material. The level of discussion can range from entirely introductory to that of a postsecondary classroom. Email for more information or if you are interested in hosting a workshop.

 
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Recent Events

Join us November 30, 2018 at 7:30 pm for “Telling a New Story: Digital Storytelling as a Method for Refugee Dialogue." This community research talk is co-hosted by SFU's School of Communication and the Centre for Policy on Culture and Communities. Event is taking place at SFU’s Harbour Centre Campus, Room 7000, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territory.

Erin Goheen Glanville will narrate her current work producing digital stories about everyday words related to refugee claimant debates. Her project is a research experiment in narrative media production and community engagement that attends to both power dynamics and polarized publics in refugee storytelling. Given the current polarized contexts surrounding refugee policy, what kinds of narratives can promote deep dialogue and understanding? Given the history of scholars and humanitarians speaking for and about people with a refugee background, what is an ethical way of producing stories that values diverse experiential expertise? 

This talk will narrate some of the challenges and opportunities surfacing in this experimental research praxis. Dr. Ahmed Al-Rawi and Dr. Davina Bhandar will respond to the talk.

This research is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.