I report on the philosophy and practice of two events—“The Bearer-Beings” (Oxford, UK, May 2016) and “Stories in Transit/Storie in Transito” (Palermo, Italy, September 2016) workshops—as part of a project that aims to establish the right of refugees to cultural expression, to encourage displaced and dislocated individuals to tell stories, and to inspire them to draw on their own traditions and faculty of imagination. Questions animating the project include: Can culture, and specifically storytelling, in every form of narrative expression provide a form of shelter for people who have lost their homes? What cultural steps can be taken to affirm the right of refugees/migrants/arrivants to freedom of thought and imagination, that is, intellectual mobility? What role can imaginary, mythic narratives play in contemporary conditions?
Warner, Marina. "Report: Bearer-Beings and Stories in Transit/Storie in Transito." Marvels & Tales 31.1 (2017). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol31/iss1/9>.