personal narrative

All of the titles below link to thematic research sections addressing personal narratives. Each section will open as a PDF and contains a written introduction with approximately 8-12 open-access and multi-media resources (books, articles, videos, podcasts, etc.). 

Bearing Witness: Stories of Migration Through Art

In December 2020, the Selective Bibliography of Forced Migration hosted a virtual community conversation centered around art and migration — from textile cloths to theater performances — with a focus on what it means to bear witness to such moments in individual stories of migration. This section includes the sources viewed at the event, additional contextual resources, and discussion questions.

Language and Migration

What effects do war, hunger, and migration have on language? Can we ever be fluent in a language? How does language connect to territory, land, and home? This section uses a wide range of voices to present the relationship between migration and language.

Literature of Displacement

This section presents a sample of the many works of fiction published in the last twenty-odd years by those who have experienced life as a refugee or migrant, demonstrating the ways in which this literature can combat learned xenophobia, condescension, and ignorance.

Stories: An Educational Tool to Learn About Migration

What can we learn about migration through fictional stories? The sources in this section are intended to be read and analyzed by high school students to deepen their understanding of migration and experience critical thinking. However, as it is always so, the sources are great for people of all ages. 

Visual Storytelling: A Teaching Guide to Children’s and Young Teens’ Graphic Novels

This section presents a collection of children’s and young teens’ graphic novels on stories of forced migration from all around the world along with supplementary sources that educators and adults can utilize to teach each graphic novel.