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Breaking down dichotomies in the narratives of women’s activism in Morocco, in Schwabenland, Lange, Onyx and Nakagawa, Women’s emancipation and civil society organisations: challenging or maintaining the status quo?

Lounasmaa, A.. 2016. Policy Press.

The Centre for Narrative Research taught a short university course on ‘Life Stories’ with residents at the Jungle refugee camp in Calais, in 2015-2016. This course is now continuing in other environments where university access is low, and will also be available online. The ‘University for all’ project was supported by UEL’s civic engagement strategic fund, and is now supported by the UEL subject areas of Psychosocial Studies, Sociology, and Global Studies. Teaching involves photography, art and poetry workshops, in addition to life story work. refugees are involved with organising and conducting the initiatives, as well as participating as students. A book written by Calais residents, most of them taking the course, has appeared with Pluto Press: ‘Voices from the ‘Jungle”.The ‘Life Stories’ course won the 2017 ‘Widening Participation’ category of the Guardian University Awards. The course has also been delivered as part of OLIve, part of the the Greater Manchester Refugee Support Network, at Rainbow Haven, in autumn 2017, and is in process with UNITE, the youth group NOMAD, with Jamiya in Jordan, and as an online course.

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