Two Pre-Conference Workshops will run concurrently from 9:00am-12:00pm on Thursday, May 20. The fee will be CAD $50.00 for Regular Delegates and CAD $25.00 for Students and Seniors (65+). You will be able to register for the Pre-Conference Workshops when you register for the Conference.
I. Hidden Stories, Toxic Stories, Healing Stories:
The Role of Shame in Narrative Research and Practice
Stephan Marks, PhD
Director, History and Memory Project
University of Education, Freiburg, Germany
Narrative research and practice is more than simply listening to (more or less) “nice stories.” Between the lines of what people tell us are often hidden stories that need to be noticed and retrieved. As well, there can be stories that are toxic to be exposed to--stories that need to be wrestled with, brought to consciousness, and articulated. As this happens, such stories may then have healing qualities. In this workshop, German social scientist Dr. Stephan Marks will explore with us these three possible qualities that narratives can have. In doing so, he will draw on the interdisciplinary research project “Geschichte und Erinnerung” [History and Memory] (www.geschichte-erinnerung.de) in which he and his colleagues conducted narrative interviews with (now elderly) followers, bystanders, and perpetrators of Hitler’s Nazism. In discussing with us the implications of such research for other narrative projects and processes (e.g., in counselling, social work, therapy, and education), he will outline one of his team’s key findings: the effects of shame on the shape of the narratives that were collected, and its relevance both for National Socialism and for present-day German society.
Dr. Stephan Marks is a scholar of political science, psychology, and modern history. He is Director of the research project History and Memory [Geschichte und Erinnerung], Chair of Remembrance and Learning [Erinnerung und Lernen], and Speaker of the Freiburg Institute of Human Rights Education. He teaches seminars on shame, humiliation, and dignity for teachers and the helping professions. He is the author and/or editor of eleven books and numerous essays, most recently Warum folgten sie Hitler? Die Psychologie des Nationalsozialismus [On the Psychology of National Socialism] and Scham – die tabuisierte Emotion [On Shame], both published by Patmos Verlag in 2007.
II. Approaches to Narrative Analysis of Qualitative Data
PLEASE NOTE: This WOrkshop is now fully Subscribed.
Brett Smith, PhD
Lecturer, School of Sport, Exercise, and Health Sciences
Loughborough University, UK
Cassandra Phoenix, PhD
Lecturer, School of Sport and Health Sciences
University of Exeter, UK
This workshop seeks to develop an awareness and understanding of narrative analysis within qualitative research. We offer a brief theoretical introduction of narrative inquiry, before outlining multiple forms of analysis that can be used to illuminate the complexities of human lives. Throughout, narrative analysis will be conceptualised as a loose collection of practices of understanding, rather than as a prescribed method that produces a report.
Participants will have the opportunity to make sense of qualitative data by engaging in a range of narrative analyses that focus on the “what,” “how,” “where,” and “when” of storytelling. The potential strengths and weaknesses of each analysis will be discussed, along with the value that using a variety of analyses can offer.
Dr. Brett Smith is a narrative researcher at Loughborough University, UK. He has published extensively on narrative across a range of disciplines in international peer-reviewed journals, including Social Science & Medicine, Narrative Inquiry, and Sociology of Health & Illness. Brett is founding Co-Editor of the journal Qualitative Research in Sport & Exercise.
Dr. Cassandra Phoenix is a Lecturer in Qualitative Research at the University of Exeter, UK. Her research on ageing and embodiment is informed by narrative theory. She is on the editorial board of Journal of Aging Studies, and has published widely on the storied nature of human lives in journals such as Qualitative Research, Time & Society, and Qualitative Research in Psychology.