|dc.description.abstract||Applied storytelling is a form of autoethnographic, verbal, visual or written communication
intended for social change that emphasises memory and the future in post-conflict museums
such as District Six Museum, Cape Town, South Africa and the Museum of Free Derry, Derry
/ Londonderry, Northern Ireland. This study is trans-disciplinary, qualitative, comparative
research. It analyses how the sharing of personal narratives told by storytellers who have
experienced loss, such as District Six ex-residents and relatives of Bloody Sunday victims,
impacts their spiritual well-being. The focus in this research is specifically on the verbal applied
storytelling but the role of visual and written autoethnographies is also included linked thereto.
It promotes an inclusive hybridity methodology, informed by theory, whereby global south and
north dichotomies are bridged and participatory practises are merged with Ubuntu philosophy.
The role of spirituality, as it relates to self, others, a higher being and / or cause and the
environment, is effectively analysed by implementing of a framework for analysis which is
non-linear, flexible and thematic. This proved effective in the analysing of the role of
storytelling trance and spiritual connections between storytellers and visitors as being part of a
positive feed-back loop for the promotion of their spiritual well-being. It further proved
specifically effective in the analysis of the ‘spirit of the place’ that is in the identifying of layers
of spiritual connections through oral living heritage to heritage of place, space and topography.
Applied storytelling by communities of loss is found, in this study, to be a form of communal
autoethnography or spiritual action, that acts as a resource for hope and spiritual well-being
when individual storytellers have personal agency / autonomy within an independently
conjoined inosculation relationship to a community post-conflict museum.||en_US
|dc.title||Spirituality, well-being, memory and the future, in applied storytelling : a comparison of two “Sites of Conscience Museums”, namely the Museum of Free Derry, Northern Ireland and District Six Museum, South Africa.||en_US