Above: Author's Supplemental Video, Tapestry of Tears. See the bottom of this page for six supplemental PDF files that document the author's blog posts.
Alpha M. Woodward, PhD, is a 2015 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University.
Alpha M. Woodward, Ph.D. [center] at her Dissertation Defense with Committee Member, Laurien Alexandre, Ph.D. [left] and her Committee Chair, Carolyn Kenny, Ph.D. [right].
- Carolyn Kenny, Ph.D., Chair
- Laurien Alexandre, Ph.D. Committee Member
- Lars Ole Bonde, Ph.D. Committee Member
- Susan Hadley, Ph.D., External Reader
Bosnia, Herzegovinia, music therapy, leadership, humanitarian aid, war, atrocities, post-conflict societies, change, autoethnography, phenomenology, arts therapies
In the fall of 2003 I was invited to lead a team of music therapists in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), a country that had been recently savaged by two brutal inter-ethnic wars. The program operated out of the Pavarotti Music Centre on the East side of Mostar, a divided city in the southwest region of BiH. My journey over the next four years was epically challenged by my immersion into the complexities of post-conflict recovery, and the cultural confusion that followed the atrocities of those wars. Transformation and change not only characterized the world in which I worked, but also paralleled internal processes proceeding silently within me. As a music therapist I have always worked within a framework of cultural constancy. In post-conflict societies, we become involved in a colossal moving fray of change. This dissertation is an autoethnography that uses heartfelt, reflective writing with the purpose of gaining a deeper understanding of my identity as a leader, as a music therapist, and as a cultural being in these sometimes difficult, but life-enhancing, four years. Together with academic perspectives and performative writing techniques, it explores a trail of thematic material that emerged during a confusing, ambiguous repatriation period in the years following my time in Bosnia. The autoethnography, an evocative expression of phenomenological research, is a conversation with "self" and with distant others who inhabit a time frame in the past, and thus informs an emergent narrative that carves its own path throughout the eight chapters. Ultimately, the dissertation aims toward a deeper understanding of my own culpability as a leader of a small multi-ethnic team in Mostar, BiH, and the implications this may have for arts-based fieldwork practice in post conflict regions. This dissertation is accompanied by seven supplemental files: 1 Mp4 video and 6 blog post pdf files. The electronic version of this Dissertation is at Ohiolink ETD Center, http://etd.ohiolink.edu and AURA http://aura.antioch.edu/
Woodward, A. M. (2015). Tapestry of Tears: An Autoethnography of Leadership, Personal Transformation, and Music Therapy in Humanitarian Aid in Bosnia Herzegovina. https://aura.antioch.edu/etds/192
Author's Video Introductory Supplemental File
Post_1_Emerging_from_the_chrysalis_of_winter.pdf (691 kB)
Blog post 1: Emerging from the Chrysalis of Winter
Post_2_Alpha_by_the_river.pdf (414 kB)
Blog post 2: Alpha by the River
Post_3_Mystical_landscapes.pdf (196 kB)
Blog post 3: Mystical Landscapes
Post_4_Brevity_of-our_time_on_earth.pdf (1240 kB)
Blog post 4: The Brevity of our Time on Earth
Post_5_Dragon_sleeps_forever.pdf (647 kB)
Blog post 5: The Dragon Sleeps Forever
Post_6_Tapestry.pdf (725 kB)
Blog post 6: Tapestry