‘Life Stories’ at the Jungle refugee camp, Calais; ‘University For All’

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The Centre for Narrative Research has begun a short university course on ‘Life Stories’ with residents at the Jungle refugee camp in Calais.

Teaching started in November and will continue 4-6 December.

Participants are reading life stories (for instance, those of Nelson Mandela and Barak Obama, as well as Malala Yousafzai), discussing them, examining poetic and photographic representations of lives, and creating some of their own.

Students currently enrolled come from a range of countries – Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Syria, Ethiopia, Eritrea. Many are professionals – electrical engineers, opticians – or university students or graduates in a range of subjects from English literature through political science to physics.  All are keen to further their education, and also to use this course to gain a more public hearing for their stories about their journeys and lives. We hope to help them produce a book as a result of this project.

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