Netherlands, Groningen

Stories to Live By: Narrative and Identity

when 20 January 2020 - 24 January 2020
language English
duration 1 week
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 325

Organised in the beautiful city of Groningen (Netherlands), this interdisciplinary, week-long course is meant for students and professionals in the arts, literature, theology, philosophy, business, journalism, psychology, coaching, politics, and any other field in which narrative and storytelling play a role.

The context for our winter school is an increasing body of research, across academic disciplines, on how narrative serves as a means to map how we relate to ourselves and to the world around us. Meanwhile, outside the academy, storytelling has become the focus of attention in many professional practices, such as psychology, counselling, medicine and health, and journalism. These practices put to work the fact that when we express who we are, in relation to what and whom, we often tend to do so through storytelling. Our perception of ourselves, of others, and of our place in the world, becomes meaningful through the stories we tell, and those that are told to us. Thus, narrative and identity – both personal and collective - are strongly intertwined.

The winter school is devoted to studying the many forms and shapes of narrative identity in a wide variety of media and settings and from different perspectives. With an intensive, week-long programme that also pays attention to the potentially negative effects of narratives on our sense of self, we will be offering participants an enticing week. The Winter School will be closed by a one day symposium on “Peripheral Narratives and Minority Identities”.

Our speakers are specialists in art and literature, cognitive science, minority studies, media studies, and religious studies and include Barend van Heusden, Liesbeth Korthals Altes and Goffe Jensma.

Course leader

Prof. dr. B.P. van Heusden, Literary Theory & Criticism
Prof. dr.G.T. Jensma, Multilingualism
Dr. S.J. Moenandar, Literary Theory & Criticism

Target group

The winter school is designed for PhD students and graduate students (MA) interested in the study of narrative. Professionals interested in storytelling are also welcome to apply.

Course aim

After this course you will be able to:

1. Assess current debates about the interrelatedness of narrative and identity.
2. Argue for the necessity of “narrative savviness” in specific circumstances.
3. Appraise a wide array of narrative theories.
4. Argue for the relevance and feasibility of research projects on the interrelatedness of narrative and identity in a way that testifies of informed critical thinking.

Credits info

3 EC
Contact hours: 40
Assignment: 10
Preparatory reading: 40

During the Winter School, participants are offered the opportunity to give a twenty minute presentation on their own research related to narrative and identity (optional). They will receive feedback on their presentation from speakers and peers.

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 375: Fee including housing

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