Dear potential participant,
This information sheet provides you with a short breakdown of the study. Please carefully read the information to understand what you are being asked to undertake.
Description of Research Project
This artistic research project is aimed at exploring narrative accounts of Norwegians who self- identify with having an ‘immigration background’. I am interested in collecting stories of their ordinary, daily lived experiences. If their lived experiences were like footprints, this project wants to find out which paths have they walked, and what traces have they left behind? To do this, every participant will be asked to share an important event or story that happened to them. It must be something that has – in some way – shook your life to the core. In other words, it could represent an important turning point in your life, which makes it one of those ‘unforgettable’ moments, imbuing the event with a memorable personal value. Evidently, this is an event that you remember well and can still tell others about in great detail. For example, it can be about how you fell in love or lost something important to you, etc. It can be something amazing, sad, happy, tragic, funny, heroic, etc. as long it has had an influential effect on you. Notably, it needs to be something that happened to you in a public space. This is necessary because part of this project may include turning your story into a public ‘monument’ that will be installed on the exact same spot or location where your story took place – as a way to commemorate the narrated event.
What will the study do with your stories?
Firstly, the stories will be published as a collection. Secondly, a public ‘monument’ will be developed for each story and installed where the event took place. Thirdly, the stories will be used as source material to put together a theatre performance as part of the artistic research. The theatre performances may be presented inside and outside academic contexts, in various venues, as part of the investigation process. The results will also be recorded and published online for further use.
During this process, your data will be stored in a secured, password protected computer where only key collaborators and supervisors will have access to it.
Why have you been asked to take part?
Because you are a legal Norwegian resident/citizen who self identifies with an ‘immigration background’. The study is interested in Norwegians of all possible kinds of immigration backgrounds. This will mean different things for different people. For example, it could mean that you were born in Norway from foreign nationals; born to one parent who is Norwegian and the other is foreign; born to Norwegian parents but outside of Norway; born to parents whose parents or parents’ parents were migrants from elsewhere; born elsewhere and moved to Norway for school, work, as a refugee or an asylum seeker, etc.
If this is you (or you know someone like this), then this artistic research project is interested in your story.
Participation in the research project is voluntary.