Karin Widerberg
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Memory Work
An approach to remembering and documenting everyday experiences
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Memory Work is an approach developed to help explore the mundane by problematising the things we take for granted. Using stories of memories and experiences, the participants, researcher and research subjects/participants are invited to look for variety – in one’s own stories as well as in relation to the stories of the others – regarding content as well as interpretations. A set of techniques is developed to make this happen, in writing as well as in analysis. Focusing on the social aspects of a story not only implies a possibility to connect different analytical levels (micro and macro) and verify concepts and theories, but also allows us to question or specify fixed or simplified categories and concepts by making other memories, experiences and understandings visible. As such it is an approach that stimulates creativity and knowledge production in research, to the joy of all participants. Here a case of a one-day research seminar is chosen to illuminate the techniques of the approach and the kinds of knowledge that can be gained thereby. The illustration is meant to inspire further use and development of the approach so as to fit different situations and themes in teaching and research.

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