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Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance in Armed Conflicts: A Case Study with Western Saharan Refugees

Angelo Miramonti

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  "publisher": "Zenodo", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.7573981", 
  "container_title": "Educazione Aperta", 
  "language": "eng", 
  "title": "Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance  in Armed Conflicts: A Case Study  with Western Saharan Refugees", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "<p>Background: I explore the hypothesis that Autobiographical Therapeutic Performance (ATP) can help people traumatized by armed conflicts heal from their wounds, make their gifts visible and benefit their communities. &nbsp;<br>\nMethods: I analyse the case of Saleh, a 21-year-old Sahrawi refugee who survived police abuses and displacement in the Western Saharan occupied territories. I analyse the evolution of Saleh&rsquo;s self-image and capacity to interact with a group of peers during the creation of an autobiographical monologue he performed in front of an audience. &nbsp; &nbsp;<br>\nResults: the synergic interaction of warm-up exercises, storytelling, embodiment, public performance, and post-performance reflection supported Saleh in re-framing his painful biographic memories, enhancing his self-perception and strengthening his connections with his peers and community. &nbsp;<br>\nConclusions: this case study corroborates the hypothesis that ATP could be effective in supporting people affected by traumas related to armed conflicts in creating cohesive life narrative, enhancing their self-image and involving the audience in building a sense of shared belonging to a common history. I recommend further research on ATP in war environments and the intentional and systematic use of ATP in healing traumas of persons affected by armed conflicts. &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<br>\n&nbsp;</p>", 
  "author": [
      "family": "Angelo Miramonti"
  "type": "article-journal", 
  "issue": "12 / 2022", 
  "id": "7573981"
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