Intangible Cultural Heritage

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 MEMORIAMEDIA Review 6. 2021. MI/IELT ISSN 2183-3753


Life Stories and Narratives 2 / Histórias de Vida e Narrativas 2



The MEMORIAMEDIA Review publish its second issue on the theme "LIFE STORIES and NARRATIVES". As mentioned in the previous editorial, we justify this choice based on different assumptions. We can look at life stories and narratives as tools, techniques or even methodological approaches from the Social and Human Sciences. Still, we can go further and see life stories as expressions of intangible cultural heritage (ICH). Our life is a living heritage, which we transmit through generations, and that defines us as individuals and as a collective. Aren't our lives the most important heritage that we can share? Everyone has a role in the community. Listening to their stories is a way to promote personal and social integration. It is a way to promote collective memory, cultural diversity and human creativity.


In this issue, we have Agnieszka Szurek exploring local and family stories of re-emigrants from the United States who came to live in Pruszków and Grodzisk, small towns near Warsaw, in Poland.

Alexandra Mitsiali, from Greece, write about the "trajectory of suffering" in the biographical narrative of a second-generation woman of Albanian origin studying at a Greek university.

From Mexico, Ana Ibáñez narrates her Quarantine experience in Coronavirus time through her artwork - a contemporary jewellery collection.

Marie Scatena, from USA, shares stories about identity and change in the borders of large urban areas where trees not only define borders, they often indicate the health of a community. 

Pournima Kerkar presents a biography of Subhadra Arjun Gawas, a storyteller, songstress, feminist, healer, house-builder and oral archivist from a village in Goa, India.

Marta Carmezim, from Portugal, presents an essay based on ethnographic research focused on the collective memory, life stories and Intangible Cultural Heritage.

To finish, we are pleased to present the life stories archive of USC Shoah Foundation, USA.


Filomena Sousa