Just to announce this annual course which I will be running again this year at the end of January 2014 at the University of Essex.
It is open to all . But as part of that endless money making machine called ‘university’, it now costs !
30-1 January 2014: Narrative research and documents of life
Professor Ken Plummer
At 10:00 in Seminar room 3, Constable Building.
Story tellings, and the narratives that accompany them, are basic human social processes; we are the narrating animal. Although such story tellings are often neglected in the orthodoxies of social research, they are usually critical to every stage of the human social research process.
Humanistic research places the human story at the research centre and adopts humanistic values in such research. It is interested in a wide array of tools for telling these stories, including photos, self analysis, artefacts and documentaries.
This course will look at some key recent trends in qualitative research, but especially the concern with narratives and stories. In the broadest terms we study the stories that people tell of their lives; we connect these stories to the stories of our lives; and we ultimately represent them as our ‘social science stories’ – in essays, theses, books, films, photos, media, conferences, exhibitions.
This course will take place from 30-31 January.