CFP: Pre-conference Ph.D. workshop: Analyzing Everyday Storytelling (June 12, 2018, University of Tampere)

Pre-conference Ph.D. workshop

Analyzing Everyday Storytelling

Time: Tuesday June 12, 2018 (11:00–17:00)

Venue: University of Tampere

Workshop language: English



The course theme: The focus of this course is on everyday stories and storytelling as they occur in and shape social reality. What are the stories that people encounter, use, negotiate and co-construct in everyday life? How, where and why are the stories told? How do these stories travel around? Who has the right to tell particular stories? How do the “narrative environments” (Gubrium and Holstein) give form and trigger particular kinds of social storytelling? What kinds of socially sanctioned storytelling practices exist? The course provides participants with a theoretical framework and methodological tools for analyzing stories and storytelling practices in varying everyday contexts.

Visiting teacher: Prof. Amy Shuman, Department of English, Ohio State University is a distinguished expert in folklore, narrative, and critical theory. She has published on conversational narrative, literacy, political, food customs, feminist theory and critical theory, and her books include Storytelling Rights: The Uses of Oral and Written Texts by Urban Adolescents (1986); Other People’s Stories: Entitlement Claims and the Critique of Empathy (2005); and (with Carol Bohmer) Rejecting Refugees: Political Asylum in the 21st Century (2008).

Course format: Before the course, participants submit a paper (5–6 pages in total) that consists of the research question, theoretical background and the intended way of reading the material (2 pages), and an excerpt of the research material (3–4 pages).  The course starts with Prof. Shuman’s lecture on the core concepts and latest developments that interdisciplinary narrative studies have to offer to analyzing everyday storytelling.  During the course, every participant has 5 min time to introduce his or her problem and materials followed by a discussion led by Prof. Shuman. The purpose of the course is to offer feedback and ideas for reading, not to give long explanations about one’s own paper.

Credits: Presenting a paper in the pre-conference workshop: 3 credit points; presenting a paper and participating in the conference The Literary in Life (LILI18): The Social, Affective and Experimental in Narratives across Media 5 credit points. See

Course organizers: Narrare: Centre for Interdisciplinary Narrative Studies, Academy of Finland research project “Literary in Life” (LILI), Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Tampere.

Contact persons: Matti Hyvärinen (, Matias Nurminen (

To apply: Send a one-page letter with information about your research question, theory, way of reading, material, and the stage of your research, containing your contact details and affiliation, to Coordinator Matias Nurminen

Deadline for applications and papers: Deadline for the one-page letter is May 15, 2018. The participants will be informed about acceptance promptly after applying. The papers (see Course format) must be sent no later than June 3, 2018.

Welcome to our pre-conference workshop in June, and please find all the information also from below (link to a pdf-file):

LILI18 PreSeminar_announcement


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