Friday, July 22, 2011

"Life and Narrative," Narrative Matters 2012, American University of Paris, University of Paris Diderot-Paris 7 and the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Narrative, St. Thomas University, May 29-June 1, 2012.

What is the relationship between life and narrative? As noted by Jerome Bruner in his article on “Life as Narrative” (1987), this is one of the central intellectual questions facing narrative inquiry and narrative practice across multiple disciplines – psychology, narratology and literary theory, digital media, sociology, history, sociolinguistics, philosophy, medicine, education, gerontology, communications, social work, ethics, religious studies, etc.

Scholars are invited to organize panel sessions and present papers on various aspects of the broad theme of “Life and Narrative.” Possible questions include:
  • What is the relationship between telling and living?
  • How can the narrative concept help us to better understand experience, interpretation and action?
  • What does literature teach us about aspects of life, experience, mind, and social relationships?
  • How can narrative research have a greater impact on the lives of real persons and institutions?
  • How can narrative theory and practice better inform one another?
  • Can there be a “true” narrative? What are the boundaries between fact and fiction, between autobiography and autofiction?
  • How is identity storied, restoried, even de-storied across the lifespan?
  • What is the effect of the media (new and old) on identity?
  • What is the relationship between what is archived in individual memories and social institutions and the stories that we tell?

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