Netherlands, Groningen

Narrative Values, the Value of Narratives

when 28 January 2019 - 16 February 2019
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 5 EC
fee EUR 325

Organised in the beautiful city of Groningen, in the North of the Netherlands, this unique winter school is devoted to storytelling and the study of narrative. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, with participants from business, journalism, psychology, the arts, literature, theology, philosophy, coaching, politics, and any other field in which storytelling and narrative play a role, we will discuss how narratives are both informed and shaped by, as well as transmitters of values.

The context for the winter school is the growing interest in narrative fiction as an ‘experimental values laboratory’ and the fact that outside the academy, storytelling has become the focus of attention in many professional practices, such as psychology, counselling, medicine and health, and journalism. In such practices, narrative is used as a tool to piece together broken lives and make sense out of chaos and destruction. Narrative thus appears to be everywhere.

The winter school is devoted to studying these many forms and shapes of narrative in a wide variety of media and settings (film, literature, art, journalism, education). Lecturers and speakers form an impressive, international line-up of leading narratologists (including Marina Grishakova, Hanna Meretoja, Liesbeth Korthals Altes, Stefan Iversen, Marco Caracciolo, Luc Herman, Bart Vervaeck and Jan Baetens).

Organized in affiliation with the Literature and Change in Europe (LACE) network, this intensive, week-long programme also pays attention to the dangers of storytelling. We will be offering participants an enticing week that includes a one day symposium on the negotiation of values in narrative, with keynotes inspired by recent work by Liesbeth Korthals Altes.

Course leader

Prof. Barend van Heusden
Dr. Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar (Avans Hogeschool)
Krina Huisman, MA.

Target group

The Winter School is open to all graduate students (MA and PhD) interested in narrative and storytelling.
Coaches, artists and other practitioners who use storytelling in their practices may also apply for this Winter School.

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:
- Assess current debates about the negotiation of values in narrative.
- Argue for the necessity of “narrative savviness” in specific circumstances.
- Appraise a wide array of narrative theories.
- Critically reflect on relevance and feasibility of research projects on narrative as both a transmitter of and shaped by certain values.

Credits info

5 EC
For those who want to get the full 5 ECTS for this winter school an additional assignment (including a reading list) will be provided.

Fee info

EUR 325: For external students: €325 (excluding housing) and € 375 (including housing).
The fee includes participation, course materials, lunches, formal dinner, and access to symposium on the negotiation of values in narrative.
EUR 225: For LACE members € 225 (excluding housing) and€ 275 (including housing).
The fee includes participation, course materials, lunches, formal dinner, and access to symposium on the negotiation of values in narrative.