Community and Identity as Sources of Resilience: How an Oral History Project Contributed to Forge the Identity of a Community

By Chantal Marie Portillo Stephens and Margaret Hart Robertson.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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In this article, the reader will learn how, step by step, an oral history project was able to help a community to recover and forge an identity that was in danger of being lost. Being the identity of a community one of its most important assets, the process of organization of such project is laid out in the hope that other communities will benefit from our experience, and use the recovery of the identity of a given community as a source of resilience.

Keywords: Community, Identity, Oral History

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.89-96. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 509.134KB).

Chantal Marie Portillo Stephens

PH.D Fellowship Student, Department of Modern Philology, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

After completing my studies on Translating and Interpreting I am at present in my second year of PH.D studies, enrolled in the programme ‘Cultural Sustainable Tourism: Tangible and Intangible Heritage’ in the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. My line of investigation in the research group lead by PH.D Margaret Hart is centred in 'The Education for a Wholistic Tourist Product: Intangible Heritage'. In this line of work, I participated in the EU project Mediterranean Voices in 2004, carrying out oral testimonies recompilation, transcription and analysis, and participating actively in the organization of the Exhibition held in the Casa-Museo de Colón, in LPGC, where I was responsible of various workshops that would introduce students to the importance of intangible heritage for the preservation of local identity. I am actually working as part of my thesis on the project Family Album, which intends to organize a photograph exhibition in various schools thanks to the work of the students and through oral history recompilation. Finally, I am Secretary of the Association ‘Voices and Memory: Intangible Patrimony’, which intends to work on the recuperation of Intangible Heritage to help integrate newcomers in islands, an issue of great urgency nowadays.

Dr Margaret Hart Robertson

University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Dr. Margaret hart Robertson was the official coordinator for the Mediterranean Voices Euromed heritage II project in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. She is Director of the PhD programme in Integral Tourism Solutions. Intercultural Studies and Sustainable Development at the Univeristy of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria where she also teaches Simultaneous Interpreting. She is a specialist in Neuroloinguistics and Cognitive Studies. She is the supervisor of the Thesis of Doña Chantal Marie Portillo Stephens.


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