My selfmade puppet carries my story – modelling puppets as a meaningful occupation.

Hannes Außermaier, Barbara Prinz-Buchberger

Publikation: KonferenzbeitragPosterBegutachtung


In the education project ”My puppet carries my story” Austrian students work together with refugees from Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine in the community context.
The aim was that students learn diversity competencies and get in contact with social transformation through participants´ personal stories. The modelling of a personal puppet after a therapeutic concept as an occupation is a first step towards doing, being, becoming and belonging. By sharing a creative process refugees dealing
with occupational deprivation are empowered on their way towards a capacity to act.
A shelter for refugees from Ukraine and the association “Strangers become friends” were won as project partners. By moulding the personal puppet stories emerge and affect the features of the puppet. Participants share experiences, memories and dreams in dialogue with their puppet and in little story telling scenes within the groups. Few materials are needed, most of them are recycled, the activity has a clear setting, is limited in time, is easy to access and is suitable for diverse people across generations. The power of action and speech combined in this method has a very positive impact on the participants and the
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 16 Okt. 2022
Veranstaltung26 th ENOTHE Annual Meeting 2022 - Tiflis, Tiflis, Georgien
Dauer: 14 Okt. 202216 Okt. 2022


Konferenz26 th ENOTHE Annual Meeting 2022

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