Global Studies students spotlight issues in Western Sydney
How does globalisation impact on the ground in local settings and how are local people and organisations addressing global problems?
A digital story-telling collaboration between UTS Global Studies and (under the auspices of Bankstown Youth Development Services) launched this week titled, features short articles written by final year students enrolled in the who have documented stories of people, organisations and initiatives in Western Sydney tackling global issues.
The selected works come from a group project completed in the degree’s capstone subject which examines how global issues related to inequality, diversity and sustainability manifest in the global city of Sydney. Mapping Frictions’ Creative Director, , gives a story-writing workshop to students in collaboration with fieldwork guidance from the subject coordinator, .
The group project requires students to identify and research issues impacting the dynamic region of Western Sydney and engage with community members and organisations to gain a more concrete understanding of global problem solving ‘in action’ at the local level.
The collaboration aims to run yearly and provide the opportunity to final year Global Studies students to have their researched piece published.
This year’s featured articles are written by Global Studies students Pranav Harish, Erin O’Mara, Madeleine Paradise, Alex Jacob, Nora Bakalla, Benjamin Blackshaw, Brydie Gearin, Tamara Viner, Iman Jaman, Rya De Leon, Sarah Morris, Anthony Abboud, Wennie Tanubrata and Wendy Frazer. The articles explore issues of , , , and .
Creative Director, Kavita Bedford, says Mapping Frictions is thrilled to be collaborating with Global Studies at UTS, especially on a project that encourages students to get out into the ‘real world'.
It was a wonderful opportunity to work and engage with young people and bright students who are open to learning and engaging with the wider world. A course like this, which encourages a more ethnographic and ‘hands on’ approach to high level concepts of globalisation is a significant resource for students. I am very excited by the prospect of continuing and deepening this kind of cross-cultural educational collaboration.
Creative Director of Mapping Frictions
Kavita also emphasises the importance of these stories, “How often do we hear from the everyday people that live there [in Western Sydney]? The people who have poured their heart into making it a thriving community… Mapping Frictions is about promoting a more complex understanding of life in Western Sydney. To be able to open up local stories from Sydney’s western suburbs in an online format, we hope to make connections across cultural and geographical borders.”
Mapping Frictions teams up with a range of emerging and award-winning local photographers, filmmakers and writers. It began as a pilot project with Bankstown Youth Development Service (BYDS), funded by Multicultural NSW, Scanlon Foundation, Australian Council of the Arts and with support from the Walkley Foundation and Western Sydney University. The website was featured as part of the 2014 Sydney Writers Festival and 2015 Storyology Conference, exploring the possibilities digital media has for storytelling.
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