The two weeks of summer school were very fruitful and intense for me. I would like to write a text describing the days in Kalloni, the interesting things that happened inside and outside of Metochi, the idea of my project and how it developed.
I think that my text will cover mostly my experience there as well as my struggle to find and carry out a project rather that information about the subject I worked on. I believe that in the summer school we learn more things about doing ethnography and not so many about the fields themselves.
I regret not keeping enough notes during my days in Metochi. The experience was very intense and full of information and now I find it hard to remember my feelings and my thoughts from that period. Some of them are coming back to me when I close my eyes, I concentrate and try to relive my days there. But I know that a lot of them will just vanish in the past (I picture it as a void) since I cannot keep them all alive in my memory.
The basic themes I want to cover in my text are (maybe they will intertwine with each other):
-My project, How I developed my idea? How did I approach the people? How is it connected with the ideas of art, ethnography and pedagogy? In my project I tried to explore the process of oral transmissions of songs. I approached people of Kalloni and other villages asking them to sing me a song. Among other things, their reactions were very interesting and I will analyze them in the text.
-My privileges. I was living in the island for six years before the summer school and I am speaking Greek! How did that affect my experience there and the project development? I also want to write something about the experience of interpreting which was totally new for me.
-What did I learn? There were two basic things that made me review the fields of anthropology and pedagogy. First, the way that we “returned” to the people of Kalloni the information that they had given us was very interesting and useful to me. Inviting people to our event and showing them what we have done, allowing them at the same time to interact with it was a very honest and useful idea.
The second was the way that the teachers act and existed (?) around us (the students). I had never experienced a context were the teachers are assisting with a way that has nothing to do with classrooms or a “teacher’s status”. Even the school’s program itself was flexible and was adapting to our needs. The way the whole summer school took place including the presence of the teachers was a critical review to pedagogy and the educational process. I want to write about these things which were totally new to me and I am still trying to absorb.
I will try to create some audio files using the material from Lesvos with people singing to/with me. I want to combine recordings of them singing for me and recordings of me singing their song now, alone, in a different city (Thessaloniki).