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Launch of CircleofVoices.com

by Louise Romain Watson category: Education

“Join the launch of Circle of Voices, an ethnographic multimedia journey with young Indigenous women of Quebec http://thndr.me/kguTmB

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This campaign ended on December 21, 2017 at 8PM

Launch of CircleofVoices.com

In the winter of 2016, I landed on Turtle Island for the first time. I was struck by the resilience and pride of Indigenous peoples, together with the suffering and systemic injustice they are facing. As a digital anthropologist with Western origins:

  • Circle of Voices is my undertaking to present the stories of young women, and how they navigate being Indigenous in the 21st century. 
  • Circle of Voices is my attempt to challenge the traditional ways of representing academic research, by bridging it with new technologies and the arts.
  • Circle of Voices is my offering to raise awareness about ongoing colonialism and patriarchy, and support the defense of Indigenous rights.

Can you determine the future of your Nation and your people if you don’t know your roots?
The research project explores cultural revitalization through land, language, art and spirituality. On circleofvoices.com you will find rich multimedia content displaying traditional practices, inter-generational dances, participatory photography workshops, sound recordings, personal narratives and sharing circles. 

Besides, Circle of Voices on social media wishes to offer a digital space to share stories of pride, hope and resilience of Indigenous youth. We hope to use these tools to:
* Counteract the negative representations of their cultures and their identities displayed by the media.
* Support the youth experiencing isolation, discrimination and marginalization.
* Contribute to the digitalization and the dissemination of Indigenous knowledge and rights.

You're welcome to follow us on FB and Insta
#engagedanthropology #researchactivism #circleofvoices

  • Launch in less than 24hours!

    December 20, 2017
    The website will finally launch in 24 hours! Until then, read the story of Louise Romain Watson, the initiator behind the research project Circle of Voices.

    "More and more these past years, I’ve been defining myself through my work. Being a researcher, I aim to cultivate a vision, a sense of dedication and a practice of collaboration. Circle of Voices has been the first meaningful culmination of all that.

    I grew up in a suburban town near Paris, where I never really had to worry. I left the familiar nest at 18 to begin my own adventure in Berlin. I started studying socio-cultural anthropology, and it seemed to be a scholarly way to nurture my curiosity about the diversity of human cultures in the world. The need to belong to vibrant communities gradually took more meaning in my life. First, by becoming a festival organizer and co-founder of Serendubity Festival in Germany, and later by supporting the co-creation of the educational program School Of All Relations in Greece. Along the way, I developed a passion for multilingualism, photography, dancing, group facilitation, and writing. My economic privileges and my thirst for adventure allowed me to travel to stunning places on different continents, and encounter truly inspiring individuals. As part of my studies, I ended up living on Reunion island for half a year, an exotic French piece of land next to Madagascar, and a year later in Montreal, Quebec. For the first time, I could apply my knowledge into practice in the setting of an ethnographic fieldwork. While doing my work, I was confronted with the painful heritage left by the former members of my vocation and my country. I came to realize what academia couldn’t teach me and I began carving my own learning path. Back in Europe, I got involved in the NoDAPL movement, and initiated a local mobilization in Berlin to support indigenous sovereignty and climate justice. Recently, I’ve been settling in Copenhagen, Denmark, where I started a Master in Techno-Anthropology.

    Circle of Voices is my offering after these past years of exploration. It is my way to bring change, hope, and mutual understanding between peoples. It is my attempt to gain recognition, acceptance and give meaning to my life. I believe academic research has a role to play in enacting social and political change. I’m convinced that technology and the arts can enhance the dynamic relationship between academia and activism."

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Louise Romain Watson
@lou_digitanthro

I'm a digital anthropologist and aspiring activist-researcher with European roots. I believe that academic research has a role to play in enacting social and political change.

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