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In(Sight) House Talks: In Our Mountains
February 15 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm +04
About the Event:
In(Sight) House Talks is part of a larger ongoing initiative, Oral History Matters, that is meant to make oral history more visible as a research methodology. The series is an extension of the collectively curated exhibition in August 2023 by a team of recently graduated AUA students showcasing their research creation projects and capstones. How can oral history open up space for forms of knowledge that have been denied and silenced by dominant and oppressive research practices? How can we build deep connections with our research participants? What insights do we gain from them about our research process and ourselves as researchers? How do we voice silences? These are some of the questions the speakers will explore.
“In Our Mountains” is a reconstruction of a lived experience based on my grandmother’s memories of a place. It is a collaboration between my grandmother and myself that started in my childhood and took form later during my undergraduate studies. We used mapping to understand what life in my grandmother’s village was like and the gender dynamics that were embedded in that place. The maps became the axis and anchor of the project, as they turned into reference points through which the rest of the stories took shape. As my grandmother’s voice guides the film, the project defies the patriarchal norms that she describes, for the voice that was once silent is now the one that gets to narrate.
About the Speaker:
Anna Andreasyan (BAEC ’23) holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and communications with a minor in gender studies from the American University of Armenia (AUA). She has used oral history as a research method in several projects for her classes at AUA. Her research interests focus on the relationship between gender, space, voice, and visibility, as well as their manifestations in public and private spaces. Andreasyan is a founding member of the Oral History Matters initiative. Currently, she is a teaching associate for the Gender and Social Change course at AUA.
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