#TFTNY 2 - Unforgetting & Reconnecting: Story Mapping Training with Nancy Jouwe en/and Denise Valentine

Bak basis, Pauwstraat 13A, 3512 TG Utrecht, Sep 2019

The second training as part of Trainings for the Not-Yet is with Nancy Jouwe and Denise Valentine, and takes place from 26–28 September 2019. It is a training in mapping timelines, street names, landmarks, oral histories, archival material, and personal histories.

Unforgetting & Reconnecting is a process of deep reflection, inquiry, and investigation, done to build—or peel back—layers of context in the explication of history and the (re)construction of personal and social identities.

Encounters with painful aspects of history concerning race, especially those relating to slavery and other so-called difficult knowledge, can provoke Black shame and anger as well as White fear and guilt. Historical dissonances of the majority and historical traumas of minorities have led in part to partisan, religious, and ethnic conflict around the world. Reparation and healing require liberation from the past and going beneath the surface, beyond the facts and figures, in ways that acknowledge context and uncover social meaning.

Historytelling combines rigorous narrative inquiry with the power of performative oral storytelling as a mode of knowledge exchange. This training utilizes maps, timelines, street names, landmarks, oral histories, archival material, and personal histories to uncover connections to ancestral homelands and historical parallels between old and new landscapes. In the words of Jouwe and Valentine: “Perhaps in the process, we will collectively remember that we are part of the intricate web of interaction that connects all life. And, that we, ourselves, are agents of history and social change.”

When: 26–28 September 2019 (Thursday–Saturday):
Daily 14–18 hrs, followed on weekdays by dinner at 18 hrs and preceded at the weekend by lunch at 13 hrs in the Basic Activist Kitchen.On Sunday 29 September at 15.00, there will be a separate event open to the general public: Unforgetting, a storytelling performance by Denise Valentine, followed by an intimate conversation with Denise and Nancy Jouwe.

Participation: This is a three-day training. It is possible to join on individual days (although attending the training in its entirety is encouraged).
Language: English

Please note: tickets for Thursday are sold out, so it is no longer possible to buy tickets for this day and combi tickets.
Individual days: €10 normal/€7.50 student discount
Combi ticket (three days): €24 normal/€18 student discount
Book via Eventbrite. Tickets include a daily meal at the Basic Activist Kitchen.

Free places: For each training, BAK provides a few free places for those who would otherwise not be able to attend. To apply, please send a short explanation (max. 120 words) to, at least four days prior to the training. (First come, first serve).