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Developing a Transnational Narrative

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Developing a Transnational Narrative

  1. 1. Precarity: city explorations ● In the printed publication on precarity in Europe there's the chance to narrate non-fictional or even fictional stories that represent the theme of precarity from your point of view. This is also a chance, for those who like writing and wish to give a contribution, to get your work on a printed publication that is going to be distributed. ● One option is that you identify, as a city group, a story of a precarious worker that it would be interesting to tell 'cause it's emblematic to you or to your city group. ● A storyteller, then, is chosen by the city group to tell the story. He/she is accompanied by the precarious worker around the neighbourhood where the precarious worker lives, while the storyteller asks questions, records the answers, or takes notes, or even shoots videos depending on his/her preferences. The precarious worker tells his/her experience of the different places (his/her workplace, his/her house, the shops he/she's accustomed to go to, the places he/she visits on a weekly basis) and on how these places are related to her everyday life and how they make him/her feel. While visiting the places, always take picture, this will help to visualize the scenes that you will be describing.
  2. 2. Fictional stories about precarity Step 1 Person A takes notes about the neighbourhood he/she lives in. They can be either related or not to the theme. Here's some suggestions for the things to look at and to write down. (1) Write down what you see and what your body feels. Clues: notice noises, smells. Examples of things that you could look at are: colors, people's clothes, goods that
  3. 3. Step 2 Person B, which lives in a different part of the city and don't know much about that neighbourhood, reads A's notes.
  4. 4. Step 3 B “explores” that neighbourhood looking at person A's notes and noticing the differences, and imagining links between what he/she sees and A's experience of the places: Is there anything different from what I expected by reading A's notes? Where could I find the characters that A described, and where
  5. 5. Step 4 B writes down a description of his/her own exploration or a fictional story based on his/her observation of that neighbourhood that reminds the topic of precarity. It might be because of the story, or because of an adjective that he/she used of found in A's notes or because of some image that recalls our theme.