By Olivia Tseu-Tjoa
The brainstorming session was a similar process to previous mapping exercises. In many ways, this group brainstorming session affirmed what we’ve learnt about our issue over the weeks. As always, collaboration and communication with each other was key. Seeing what other people have researched and found in their process/points of view which I might not have been fully aware of before.
Attitudes towards refugees
In our first map, we brainstormed ‘attitudes towards refugees’ which was related to my focal point, as well as Lily’s. With everyone’s contributions, we were surprised at how quickly we filled up the page and was an iterative process. I think this is because the group felt it was a very familiar topic which had been brought up in previous discussions. Perhaps a broader map and felt similar to previous mapping sessions, especially the word association exercise from Week 5.
Refugees experiencing trauma in detention
Based on Molly’s initial proposal, we created a second brainstorm based on refugees experiencing trauma in detention centres. We found that it was a more difficult and slower to start rather than the previous map. It felt a lot more specific and we had to really hone in with our focus, especially as most of us were not well informed of the exact specifics of the abuse and trauma on offshore detention centres.
While I do have an awareness of the trauma and abuse of asylum seekers, it was interesting to see another focal point of the issue. It definitely informs my perspective of the issue at large. Not only looking at the physical and mental abuse within detention centres, but also how stakeholders such as aid workers and doctors are silenced by the Border Force Act and at risk of losing their jobs and even jailed if they speak about the conditions. The map was a mixture of both stakeholders and actors, both non-human and non-human. We considered the long-lasting effects and the consequences, mapping their relationships and even crossovers. To see another different framework of the issue was enlightening, rather than a ‘tunnel-visioned’ approach of just staying within my focus point.