|What is home?
Ubumuntu arts festival seeks partnership with TOSH (Telling our stories of home) University of north Carolina.
What is home? It is a simple question, and a complex one. Ideally, home is a place of belonging, legitimacy, and comfort. But home is fragile. For some, however, home is a war zone, a place of pain, and a space of un-belonging. Home can be fleeting. Home is paradoxical. And for some, home is contingent on factors that range from sexuality to class, color, gender, religion, and history.
The Telling Our Stories of Home conference and festival (March -April 2016) came to fruition after reading Heather A. Williams’s innovative history, Help Me to Find My People, a book about African Americans’ quest to reunify their families after Emancipation in the United States.
The conference brought over 28 participants from 10 countries to the campus and local communities to discuss wide-ranging issues on home. The experiences of artists and scholars, as Édouard Glissant argues, are lived in a “web of relation.” This web is a network of feeling laden with empathy and the implications of taking another’s story into yourself and feeling it as your own.
Stories matter—we learn from them and change from them. They provide connective tissue that allow us to explore these questions of home in historical, political, and contemporary contexts. These stories serve as a mirror that can raise the level of consciousness and deepen public understanding of our values, histories, and principles.
You can find out more about the program here.