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Amor Narratio: A Symposium on Cathy K Riessman’s narrative scholarship

Catherine-Kohler Riessman has just turned eighty, unbelievable and yet true! ‘There are many ways I could narrate my career. I have travelled a crooked road to finally achieve a comfortable place in narrative studies’ she modestly wrote in a career interview piece, published in 2014. What she calls ‘a comfortable place in narrative studies’ should actually be rewritten as a major influence in narrative research in the human sciences on a variety of levels: disciplinary, theoretical, methodological, epistemological, geographical and last but not least personal. More importantly, Riessman’s work has opened up paths leading to what we want to call the ‘amor narratio’, an intellectual love for and deep engagement with the rich multiplicities of narrative research. In celebrating her life, career and narrative scholarship, we are organizing a symposium in London on May 29, 2019. This is a call for short papers on any aspect of Riessman’s work, particularly in the way it has influenced specific analytical approaches, methodological moves and epistemological perspectives in narrative research in the human sciences.

Please send a short abstract of no more than 200 words to Ruth Ballardie:, by February 28, 2019.
We look forward to seeing you in London, in May!

Organizing committee:
Centre for Narrative Research and Feminist Research Group, University of East London
Centre for Work and Employment, The University of Greenwich
Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education

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Research Events (2019)

CNR–TCRU Postgraduate Narrative Research Seminars, 2019

All seminars take place in the Library, Thomas Coram Research Unit, 27-28 Woburn Square London WC1H 0AA, 5-6.30pm.
February 12
Carolina Gutierrez, UCL Institute of Education, TCRU: Grandparent care in Chile: experiences of parenting grandparents and their live-in grandchildren
March 5
Amneris Puscascu, UCL Institute of Education, TCRU: Title TBA
April 2
Peter Phillips, Cardiff University: Inside stories
May 7
Sanny Mulubale, University of East London, CNR: Critical Citizens: Positionality of the ‘Self’ within Stories of Zambian Teachers Living with Human Immune–deficiency Virus (HIV) and on Antiretroviral Therapy (ART).

Research Events:

Artistic strategies and methods in refugee projects. 
29 March 2019, Friday
UEL, USS Stratford, 1-4pm. Room US G.19/20.

To think is to experiment: The annual CNR international graduate conference
2 May 2019, Thursday
UEL, USS Stratford, 10am-4pm. Room US1.01.

Book launch and discussion: Narrative power, by Ken Plummer,
May 2019, UEL, USS Stratford, TBA

Questions of narrative criminology: Lois Presser in conversation,
June 2019, UEL Stratford, TBA