7th International Irish Narrative Inquiry Conference

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The theme for our 2021 Irish Narrative Conference is: Narrative Exchange in Risky Spaces. Registration and call for abstracts open now

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The Irish Conference on Narrative Inquiry welcomes papers / posters / workshops /performances from across the social sciences and creative disciplines that have a theoretical, methodological and/or creative interest in narrative.

The overall theme of the conference this year is Narrative Exchange in Risky Spaces

Story making and story sharing are sense making activities, endemic across cultures and prevalent through time. Narratives frequently emerge from and are concerned with confusing or troubling experiences. In the sharing the narrator seeks clarity and communion with others.

However, trauma, fear, shocking stories and limited or hostile audiences can make narrative configuring and sharing a risky business. For example; the recent global pandemic has resulted in biographical disruption for many people. We need narrative dialogue, yet social distancing and cocooning mean that habitual opportunities for narrative configuration through story sharing may be lost, limited or transformed via online technologies. In times of political unrest, fear and paranoia can influence whether/what stories are told and how narratives are shaped. In contexts of trauma, stories may be silenced.

In this conference we are interested in the personal and cultural narratives that are configured in times of risk, trauma and trouble. We want to explore whether/how these narratives of disruption are accommodated, shared and shaped in the wider context of their tellings. We are particularly drawn to the notion of ‘narrative contagion’ (Servitje & Nixon, 2016) that is; how particular narratives ‘catch onto’ public sentiment; informing and informed by prevailing socio-political discourse.

Hosted by Dublin City University, the conference is co-organised and supported by Institute of Technology, Sligo; Maynooth University and Trinity College Dublin. The conference aims to bring together a wide range of Irish and international scholars to share and explore recent developments in narrative inquiry. We are delighted that Jonathan Wyatt, Professor of Qualitative Inquiry and Director of the Centre for Creative-Relational Inquiry at the University of Edinburgh, is joining us as key note speaker.

Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the conference will be online, using Zoom platform.

Submission information and deadlines

Please submit your abstract (300 words max) and a short bio (150 words max) at the following link

Abstract deadline: 12th March 2021

Deadline for submission of recorded presentations: 21st May 2021

Looking forward to seeing you in June!

Conference Organisers

Dr Briege Casey, Dublin City University, Dr Catherine Conlon, Trinity College Dublin; Dr Jacqueline O’ Toole, Institute of Technology, Sligo & Dr Grace O’ Grady, Maynooth University.

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