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Research Events (Spring & Summer 2018) 

8-11 March 2018

"Narrative and Memory: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics" Fiction and Facts in Narratives of Political Conflict (Symposium in Narrative and Memory: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics network), Norway

Papers: ‘Constructing Stories of Political Forgiveness’ by Molly Andrews              

‘Creative spaces of resistance in narratives by refugees’ by Cigdem Esin and Aura Lounasmaa

22-24 March 2018

2nd NEST (Narrative Enquiry for Social Transformation) International Conference, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Keynote by Molly Andrews

23 April 2018

Corinne Squire and Mohammed Omer Ahmed Abdelhafedh, reading from 'Voices from the 'Jungle'', Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX

25 April 2018

To think is to experiment, CNR’s annual postgraduate conference

University of East London, University Square, Stratford.

Please contact Cigdem Esin ( for further details.

11 May 2018

‘Ethics of Storytelling’ Symposium and triple book launch,

University of East London, University Square, Stratford

Triple book launch:

Hanna Meretoja, (2018) The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible (Oxford University Press)

Brian Schiff (2017)  Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience (Oxford University Press)

Louie Palu (2017 )Front Towards Enemy (Yoffe Press)

31 May – 1 June 2018

Home Matters: Meanings metaphors and practices, Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland.  

‘Where the Meanings Are – ‘ Home in refugee writing and state practices’ by Corinne Squire

2 July 2018 

Narrative Matters pre-conference workshop, University of Twente

‘Narratives, Agency and Social Change: analysis across disciplines’ by Molly Andrews, Cigdem Esin, Aura Lounasmaa, Corinne Squire

2-5 July 2018

Conference Narrative Matters 2018


Narrative bordering: stories tracing and traducing the margins of ‘ refugee’, within camps and states, with Cigdem Esin, Aura Lounasmaa and Corinne Squire

Negotiating narrative interdisciplinarity and modality in reflections on biomedicine, with Mark Davis, Sharon Gallagher, Sanny Mulubale and Corinne Squire:

Expectation, Experience and Master/Counter Narratives, with

Molly Andrews, Mari Hatavara, Matti Hyvarinen, Maria Laakso, Ann Phoenix, Per Krogh Hansen

Narrative Otherness with Molly Andrews, Mark Freeman and Ruthellen Josselson

29 July - 5 August 2018

Imaginaries and Memories of Forced Migration: Gender and Nonviolent Struggle Symposium in Narrative and Memory: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics network) Färö Island, Sweden

Keynote by Molly Andrews

CNR’s postgraduate seminar series

6 March

Emily LeRoux-Rutledge, University of Surrey: Public narratives as symbolic resources for gender and development:  A case study of women and community radio in South Sudan

8 May 

Claire Feeley, University of Central Lancashire: Practising ‘outside of the box’ whilst within ‘the system’. A feminist narrative inquiry of NHS midwives facilitating and supporting women’s unconventional birth choices in the UK.

Research Events (Autumn & Winter 2017) 

CNR-TCRU Postgraduate Narrative Research Seminars, 2017-2018
Organised by the Centre for Narrative Research (CNR), University of East London
and the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU), UCL Institute of Education

All seminars take place at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, 27-28 Woburn Square,
London WC1H 0AA, from 5 -6.30pm.

November 14 - Amneris Puscasu, Thomas Coram Research Institute, UCL Institute of Education: Intergenerational narratives and academic engagement of early adolescents

December 5 - Sandra Lyndon, University of Chichester: Practitioners’ narratives of poverty in the early years.