Culture, body, health, gender, sexuality and disability in adult trainings
Palermo (Italy), 22-26 September 2014
Thanks for all the participants and trainers for the successful training we made in Palermo (Sicily) in September 2014. We had participants from all over France, The Netherlands, Italy, Luxemburg, Denmark and Hungary. Few feedbacks from participants:
The body training in Palazzo Adriano was an amazing experience.
To see how I could use it in classes i would have to differ in primary schools, secondary schools and teacher training schools.
1: the pictures. in all kind of groups you can do this. let persons look at all the pics and choose the one that impresses you most. Than ask who wants to explain why. Without pressing one to say something. The pictures can be chosen for any theme. But also defer in extremes.
2: the agree, disagree and anything in between. After every proposition an explanation by someone. again without pressure.
3: coming out game. a good moment for an introduction in any group. you can choose any proposition. the one to make the person feel enough comfortable and some to bring them out of their comport zone. In all groups it was done with pleasure and as open as possible. Some, like students from teacher training schools, wanted more confrontation. Sometimes I say. when I see the group the first time I decide to take some propositions out. Just to discuss how teachers sometimes make a decision what kind of proposition is acceptable for a group or not. You can discuss afterwards if that is a good thing or not.
4: the gender, cultural and religious Identity. On paper you get an Identity and you have to identify yourself with that person. You do a step forward or backward if some proposition relates to you or not. Great to see how we almost agree to the positive position of women,men, white, black, third world person, religious person and more if you stand in front or at the back. At the back is the worst position. You can do this with kids and adults.
5: walking around, stop, make contact with the person next to you and decide if you want to do what the teacher/ workshop holder is asking of you. not touching but moving your hands around a person, sniffing and more. you decide if you agree. Learn to show or tell your boundaries. This game I liked a lot because I could almost feel or see the boundaries without speak
This week told me that the way the workshops were given made a safe environment. Made the persons more open. and because of that difficult to say goodbye. All of them will stay in my heart. Next time I would like to do the narrative training.
Peter van Maaren, COC, The Netherlands
The training was based on a two-year Grundtvig project (www.bodyproject.eu) funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme. The BODY project had the overall aim to explore how our perception of the body and body-related themes such as health, disease, gender, age, sexuality and disability is influenced by cultural differences and on the same affects our intercultural communication.
Partner organizations in this project have been involved in research and training activities in the intersection of cultural diversity and body (Elan Interculturel) gender (MHTConsult, CESIE, Elan Interculturel, Ars Erotica Foundation), disability (KVG), and sexuality (Ars Erotica Foundation, CESIE, KVG.). It is our common observation both in research and training that factors related to the body and gender become ‘sensitive zones’ in cultural contact zones. Yet the resources available – both theoretical and practical – are rather scarce. Engagement in an applied research on cultural differences in gender, body and sexuality and the translation of the results into applicable training materials and trainings is in line with our strategic objectives.More