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What Fear Taught me: Resilient Communication Using Art in Applied Contexts

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Abstract Narrating my reflections on the quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and my experience of the crisis in Syria, this paper studies the ways fear can transform into resilience by examining the self-reflexive works Path Out (Karam, 2017) and Another Kind of Girl (Jibawi, 2015). Using digital media, the creators of these works of art construct autobiographical, educational, and interactive narratives about coping and belonging in the course of crisis. I propose viewing both texts as examples of “resilient communication” that reacts to social and cultural issues brought about by crisis and suggests creative solutions that convey optimistic views of the future. Outlining the conventions of resilient communication, in turn, promotes the production of media works that use educational, creative, autobiographical techniques to foster collective resilience. Keywords: resilient communication, video games, COVID-19, autobiography, digital media. --- I use the term "resilient communication" to designate media that responds to current social or cultural problems and suggests solutions that convey an optimistic view of the future. Resilient communication is strongly connected to its makers and their personal experiences, helping both artist and audience cope with crisis. It addresses the audience directly either through the narrative or via interactive digital storytelling techniques. Autobiography, edutainment, and encoded empathy are some of its defining narrative conventions. Read full article in JACR: https://journalofappliedcommunicationresearch.org/quarantined-across-borders/qab-resilient-communication-using-art-in-applied-contexts/

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