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Research Events (Spring 2017)

CNR–TCRU Postgraduate Narrative Research Seminars, 2016-2017

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

7th February 2017
Ana de Laurentiis Brandao, Birkbeck College: Exploring drawings of a profession: a narrative inquiry of
EFL teacher identity formation

7th March 2017
Xin Guo, Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education: A liberated mother, a regretting mother and a full-time mother: Chinese women's recount of their motherhood across three generations.

2nd May 2017
Mikka Lene Pers-Højholt, King’s College:Storying (others') lives in social media interaction: Hitchhiking autobiographies

6th June 2017

Amneris Puscasu, Thomas Coram Research Institute, UCL Institute of Education: TBA

TO THINK IS TO EXPERIMENT Postgraduate Research Day
The Centre for Narrative Research (CNR) organises the annual Research Day for postgraduate researchers on 26th April 2017, at the University of East London.

This is a call for papers for all postgraduate researchers. Participants can contribute with a paper (15-20 minutes long) or a poster. Please send an abstract (150-200 words) to Cigdem Esin, by 27th February, 2017. Applicants will hear back from us by 3rd March, 2017.
This year, we invite papers focusing on the analysis of narratives, discussing and reflecting on applications of analytical approaches, and decisions at any stage of analysis including ethical ones. We are interested in both broader epistemological approaches to analysing narratives and specific narrative models of analysis.

We look forward to meeting participants from all over the UK and Europe for a constructive day of presentations and discussions, as we did over the past years. To 'Think is to Experiment' has been a narrative space for postgraduate researchers from various disciplines for 16 years. The event has been home to inspiring presentations and intense conversations on multiple aspects of narrative-based research and postgraduate research experiences. The programme and abstracts from previous years can be viewed on this link

Please note that this is a free event but places are limited

Political Narratives and The Study of Lives Symposium based on Part III of 
Routledge International Handbook of Narrative and Life Histories (2016)
Friday 19th May 2017, 1 - 5pm, University Square Stratford (US4.15)

This symposium is built upon the contributions of narrative scholars to Part III of the recently published Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History. In these papers, researchers use life history and narrative as a means for exploring the world of politics, as it is lived and as it is imagined.  The interest here is not necessarily in the articulation of an explicit political viewpoint, but rather how the narration of a life or lives can reveal power dynamics which often function as the unsaid ligaments that hold stories together.

Broadly speaking, stories – both personal and communal – are pivotal to the way in which politics operates, both in people’s minds (i.e. how they understand politics, and their place within and outside of the formal political sphere) as well as to how politics is practiced.  These stories are not just within the domain of the individual, but are built upon the collective memory of a group, just as they help to create how that memory is mobilised and for what purposes. Through their presentations, contributors to this symposium will demonstrate the potential of political narratives and the life history approach to bridge the gap between individual lives and seismic shifts of history.

Speakers include Linda Sandino, Maria Tamboukou, Ann Phoenix, Suzanna Walters, Neil Ferguson, Shirin Rai and Catarina Kinnvall. Janet Boddy and Giorgia Dona will act as discussants.

Please follow link for full programme.

The symposium is FREE, however for catering purposes we ask that you book a place by following the Eventbrite link: 

Research Events (Autumn & Winter 2016)

One-off Research Events

12th December 2016, 5 – 7pm
UEL, USS Campus, Room US 2.30
CNR with CMRB present, on behalf of the Academy of Social Sciences Study Group on Refugee Issues the AcSS Refugee Issues Special Interest Group Inaugural Event:

Refugees, Belonging and Society
A panel discussion on contemporary issues around refugees in the UK and European contexts, open to AcSS Fellows and to the wider public.
Panel speakers: AcSS Fellows Professors Heaven Crawley (Coventry University), Nando Seguro (Birmingham University), Jenny Phillimore (Birmingham University) and Nira Yuval-Davis (University of East London).
Discussant: Professor Avtar Brah (Birkbeck College, FAcSS)
Chair: Professor Corinne Squire (University of East London, FAcSS). 

30th November 2016, 1 – 2pm
UEL, Docklands Campus, Room EB1.40

This is a collaborative event with CMRB.
Taking Our Country Back: ‘Racism, Xenophobia and Donald Trump’s Place in Context’
With Charles A. Gallagher, Professor of Sociology LaSalle University and Visiting Fulbright Professor, University of Birmingham

19th October 2016, 2- 4pm

University of East London (UEL), Docklands Campus, Room EB1.03

As part of the UEL’s School of Social Sciences’ Seminar Series

Ethical considerations when working with narratives in Social Sciences
Bethany Morgan-Brett, Taking Care: Experiences of Ethics in Care Home Research
Helen Kim, Telling Stories of 'Other' Koreans: Ethical Dilemmas in Racing Research
Georgie Wemyss, 'I can't use that': reflecting on ethics when your everyday work and political life become your PhD research site

CNR–TCRU Postgraduate Narrative Research Seminars, 2016-2017

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

8th November 2016
Noelle  McCormack, Centre for Narrative Research & ADI University of East London:
Making memory sites: Extending opportunites for people with profound
learning disabilities to participate in life story work
13th December 2016
Susy Ridout, Birmingham University:
Narrating experience: the advantage of  using mixed expressive media to bring autistic voices to the fore in discourse around their support requirements

National Centre for Research Methods International Visiting Scholars at CNR

A programme coordinated by Molly Andrews, Cigdem Esin, Ann Phoenix and Corinne Squire, with Visiting Scholars Jill Bradbury and Michelle Fine.
4th November 2016, 2 – 5pm
UEL, Docklands Campus, Room EB1.41

Workshop: Using narrative and participatory methods for social transformation With Michelle Fine (City University of New York) and Jill Bradbury (Witwatersrand University)

9th & 10th November 2016, 10am – 4pm
UEL, USS Campus, Room US2.02 (9th) and US3.08 (10th)

Colloquium: Interdisciplinary perspectives on narrative methodologies, participation, and social transformation

16th November 2016, 10.30am – 3.30pm,Thomas Coram Research Unit, 27-28 Woburn Square, Room TBA
NCRM Day School: Bringing together narrative and participatory methods
With Jill Bradbury and Michelle Fine.
Chair: Ann Phoenix.
18th November 2016, 10am – 4pm, Venue TBA
Centre for Narrative and Auto/ Biographical Studies, Edinburgh University

10am – 1pm Jill Bradbury and Michelle Fine, presenting current work
2 – 4pm Workshop on narrative and participatory methods for social transformation
Chair: Professor Liz Stanley