Pictures from CNR events, Autumn 2017


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Contemporary HIV narratives: HIV2017, 6.12.17

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Wednesday December 6, 2017, 2.00-5.30pm, University of East London (USS)                  Centre for Narrative Research and Psychosocial Theory and Practice Programme

Room US1.10, University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road, London E15 1NF

How to get there:

2.00-3.30pm: Round table: Psychosocial issues in the contemporary epidemic

With Amanda Amito (KwaAfrica), the HIV Psychosocial Network, Dr. Sara Paparini (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies), Sanny Mulubale (UEL/University of Zambia), and Dr.Luis Vascon (Universidade Federal da Bahia/UEL).    Chair: Professor Corinne Squire (CNR, UEL)

Contributors to this round table session will be discussing PrEP, therapeutic citizenship, stigma and HIV awareness, and the impact of ‘austerity’ on HIV issues

3.30-4.00pm: Tea/coffee

4.00-5.30pm: Is AIDS becoming a forgotten and irrelevant disease?                With Professor Alan Whiteside.  Discussant: Professor Lesley Doyal                Chair: Dr. Sara Paparini

Alan will be discussing some of the big issues facing the response to the AIDS epidemic at the moment, in the fields of resources, politics and epidemiology. Lesley Doyal will be responding and raising questions for discussion.

Alan Whiteside OBE D.Econ is CIGI Chair in Global Health Policy, Balsillie School of International Affairs & Wilfrid Laurier University and Professor Emeritus, University of KwaZulu-Natal. His numerous publications include HIV/AIDS: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press), 2008, (and second edition 2016) and with Tony Barnett,AIDS in the twenty-first century: disease and globalization (Palgrave), 2006 2nd ed.

Lesley Doyal is Emerita Professor of Health and Social Care at the School for Policy Studies, Bristol University.  She has published widely in the field of international health and health care. Her books include What Makes Women Sick (1995) and Living with HIV and Dying with AIDS: inequality, diversity and human rights in the global pandemic, (Ashgate, 2013, with L. Doyal).

All welcome! Please book here :

This event is supported by the UEL Civic Engagement Fund

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CNR’s Autumn & Winter Events, 2017

CNR–TCRU Postgraduate Narrative Research Seminars, 2017-2018
All seminars take place from 5 – 6.30pm at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, 27-28 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AA.

14th November 2017

Amneris Puscasu, Thomas Coram Research Institute, UCL Institute of Education: Intergenerational narratives and academic engagement of early adolescents.

5th December 2017

Sandra Lyndon, University of Chichester: Practitioners’ narratives of poverty in the early years.

CNR Events at UEL Campus

15th November 2017, 1.30 – 2pm, UEL, USS Stratford, Room US2.40

CNR Annual General Meeting

15th November 2017, 2.30 – 4pm UEL, USS Stratford, Room US2.40

Conversation with Professor Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, University of Stellenbosch: Recognition and Mutual Transformation: Reflecting on the Reparative Humanism of Ubuntu and Inimba.

6th December 2017, 2 – 6pm UEL, USS Stratford, Room US1.10 

A roundtable set of short talks and discussion around HIV and contemporary psychosocial issues with Dr Luis Vascon, Sanny Mulubale, and a public lecture by Prof Alan Whiteside.

‘Voices from the ‘Jungle’’ book events

16th November 2017, 5pm Assembly Roxy, 2 Roxburgh Place, EH8 9SU, Edinburgh

Humanity behind the headlines: Refugee Tales & Voices from the ‘Jungle’.

19th November 2017, 1pm Idea Store Whitechapel 321 Whitechapel Rd. London, E1 1BU

Voices from the Jungle: Stories from the Calais Refugee Camp.

22nd November 2017, 5pm University of London Institute in Paris, 9-11 rue de Constantine | 75340 Paris
Voices from the ‘Jungle’ and Calais Children.

20th – 25th November 2017 Stratford Library, 3 The Grove, London, E15 1EL

Exhibition: Voices from London, Stories from Refugees and Asylum

Seekers in Calais Jungle and London

In collaboration with Deep Black, Stratford Library.

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Centre for Narrative Research Annual Report, 2016-17

CNR report 2016-2017 (final)

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TCRU-CNR graduate research seminars, 2017-2018

CNR-TCRU Postgraduate Narrative Research Seminars, 2017-2018

Organised by the Centre for Narrative Research (CNR), University of East London

and the Thomas Coram Research Unit (TCRU), UCL Institute of Education

All seminars take place at the Thomas Coram Research Unit, 27-28 Woburn Square,

London WC1H 0AA, from 5 -6.30pm. All are welcome, particularly graduate students.

14th November 2017

Amneris Puscasu, Thomas Coram Research Institute, UCL Institute of Education: Intergenerational narratives and academic engagement of early adolescents.

5th December 2017

Sandra Lyndon, University of Chichester: Practitioners’ narratives of poverty in the early years.

13th February 2018

Sharon Martinelli, University of Malta: No shame, no guilt: Don’t be ashamed of your story -it will hopefully inspire others.

6th March 2018

Emily LeRoux-Rutledge, University of Surrey: Public narratives as symbolic resources for gender and development: A case study of women and community radio in South Sudan.

10th April 2018

Claire Greason, Leeds Trinity University: Title TBC

8th May 2018

Claire Feeley, University of Central Lancashire: Practising ‘outside of the box’ whilst within ‘the system’. A feminist narrative inquiry of NHS midwives facilitating and supporting women’s unconventional birth choices in the UK.

Seminar details are announced on CNR and TCRU mailing lists two weeks before the seminar date. For more details, please contact Corinne Squire, CNR, or Carolina Guttierez Munoz, Thomas Coram Research Unit graduate partner,

Details are also on the CNR website

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National Centre for Research Methods International Visiting Scholars at CNR



CNR hosted two international visiting scholars in November 2016, Jill Bradbury (University of the Witwatersrand) and Michelle Fine (CUNY), funded by the National Centre for Research Methods (NCRM). The following programme was coordinated by Molly Andrews, Cigdem Esin, Ann Phoenix, Corinne Squire, and Liz Stanley, with Jill Bradbury and Michelle Fine.


4th November 2016, 2 – 5pm (Part of NCRM visiting scholar programme)

UEL, Docklands Campus, Room EB1.41

Workshop: Using narrative and participatory methods for social transformation With Michelle Fine (City University of New York) and Jill Bradbury (Witwatersrand University)

Fine – Hyphenating borders- slides

Bradbury – NCRM IVES workshop slides

9th & 10th November 2016, 10am – 4pm (Part of NCRM visiting scholar programme)

UEL, USS Campus, Room US2.02 (9th) and US3.08 (10th)

Colloquium: Interdisciplinary perspectives on narrative methodologies, participation, and social transformation

16th November 2016, 10.30am – 3.30pm, Thomas Coram Research Unit, 27-28 Woburn Square, Room TBA (Part of NCRM visiting scholar programme)

NCRM Day School: Bringing together narrative and participatory methods
With Jill Bradbury and Michelle Fine
Chair: Ann Phoenix

18th November 2016, 10am – 4pm, Venue TBA (Part of NCRM visiting scholar programme)

Centre for Narrative and Auto/ Biographical Studies, Edinburgh University

10am – 1pm Jill Bradbury and Michelle Fine, presenting current work
2 – 4pm Workshop on narrative and participatory methods for social transformation

Audio recordings of all four events are available on CNR’s page on UEL’s webpage

Bradbury Fine IVES event at UEL general



Papers by Jill Bradbury and Michelle Fine

Bradbury – Narrative possibilities of the past for the future

Bradbury – Echoes of the past

Bradbury – Thinking Women’s Worlds

Fine – Mapping as a method

Fine – Participatory designs for critical literacies

Fine – Just methods

Fine – Leaky privates

Relevant papers by other NCRM IVES event participants

Additional papers, Erel et al., 2017

Additional papers, Erel et al., 2017b

Additional papers, Hyvarinen, 2012

Additional papers, Hyvarinen, 2016

Additional papers, Nolas, 2011

Additional papers, Nolas, 2011b

Additional papers, Nolas et al., 2015

Additional papers, Squire, 2012 Narrative Inquiry

Additional papers, Squire, 2017 in Andrews and Goodson


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War, Gender, Memory: Feminist Scholars in Conversation

War, Gender, Memory: Feminist Scholars in Conversation
9th June, 2017, 2 – 5.30pm
University Square Stratford,
Room: USG.19/20

All welcome! The event is free. Please register on the link below.
To Book:
Feminist research afternoon co-organised by Centre for Narrative Research, Centre for Research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging, Centre for Social Justice and Change and Feminist Research Group at the University of East London.

The event brings together feminist scholars, Andrea Petö, Ayşe Gül Altınay, Maja Korac-Sanderson and Nadje Al-Ali, who will discuss their reflections on feminist research methodologies, feminist ethics, feminist politics and activism, drawing on their research on gender based violence, war, conflict, peace and memory within specific socio-political and historical contexts.


Narrating War, Violence and Peace in Iraq and Turkey: Feminist reflections on method, memory and ethics
Nadje Al-Ali, SOAS, University of London
My talk will engage in the dilemmas of feminist researchers to capture memories of war, violence and aspirations for peace. I will reflect on the wider methodological and ethical issues of engaging in research about gender and war. My thought and concerns are based on long-term research in the context of Iraq and its diasporas, and my more recent work on the Turkish-Kurdish conflict. How do we as researchers deal with the gaps and tensions between experience, memory and history? How do we engage with claims about “truth” on the one hand, and avoid nihilistic relativism on the other hand?

Memory politics of illiberal states : writing history of women in revolutions
Andrea Pető, Central European University, Budapest
The talk discusses how memory work, an important method of feminist politics is appropratied by illiberal states. Analysing the case of 60th commemorations of 1956 Revolution in Hungary, the talk argues that the recent writing women`s turn to “her story” writing in Central European countries is built on the achievements of feminist history writing, and argues for different feminist interventions.

Reflexions on gender, peace, and security: Rethinking feminist anti-war activism during and after Yugoslav wars of succession
Maja Korac-Sanderson, University of East London
In reflecting upon gender, peace, and security, I revisit the role and importance of women’s organising in the wars of the 1990s for the security of women and gender just peace in the Balkans and beyond. I re-examine the initial critical engagement of local feminists with the socio-political processes that were shaping the contemporary notions of masculinity and femininity. By pointing to early feminist analyses, including my own, that acknowledged multiple masculinities and how men are victimised by the hegemonic impositions of masculinity as warrior-like, I focus on the processes that led to their prevailing attention to the security of women and women victims of GBV. Reflecting back on their years of anti-war activism I argue, now and from my current perspective/location, that the lack of acknowledgement on the part of local feminist anti-war activists of the diversity of men’s experiences of the war, and of men’s victimisation by war and the sexual violence as war crime in particular, constitutes a missed opportunity for demanding more radical challenges of the patriarchal state systems of gender-power relations that discriminate against women and many men. Without this shift, in my view, there will never be a good time for gender just and positive peace. Hence, my proposition for our feminist conversations at UEL, is to discuss how feminist anti-war activism and theoretical reflections can move away from centring on women, peace and security and start addressing gender, peace and security.

Rethinking the continuum of violence: critical reflections on gendered silences
Ayşe Gül Altınay, Sabanci University, Istanbul
Reflecting on my own scholarship through the years on militarism, genocide, gender based violence and memory, this presentation will discuss the ways in which the research and activism on different forms of violence continue to remain disjointed from one another, despite the widespread acceptance of the need to explore and theorize their connections. How can we better understand the gendered gaps between different scholarly debates on violence, as well as the gaps and silences in our own scholarship? What are some of the questions that have remained unasked or undertheorized? Based on these questions and others, the presentation will discuss the intricate links between the personal, the political and the academic.


2 – 2.15pm

2.15 – 2.45pm
Nadje Al-Ali, SOAS, University of London
Narrating War, Violence and Peace in Iraq and Turkey: Feminist reflections on method, memory and ethics

2.45 – 3.15pm
Andrea Pető, Central European University, Budapest
Memory politics of illiberal states : writing history of women in revolutions

3.15 – 3.30 pm

3.30 – 4pm
Maja Korac-Sanderson, University of East London
Reflexions on gender, peace, and security: Rethinking feminist anti-war activism during and after Yugoslav wars of succession

4 – 4.30pm
Ayşe Gül Altınay, Sabanci University, Istanbul
Rethinking the continuum of violence: critical reflections on gendered silences

4.30 – 5.15pm
5.15 – 6pm

Biographical Notes:

Andrea Pető is a Professor at the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University in Budapest, Hungary, a Doctor of Science of Hungarian Academy of Sciences. She has edited fifteen volumes in English, seven volumes in Hungarian and two in Russian. Her works have appeared in 15 different languages. She has also been a guest professor at the universities of Toronto, Buenos Aires, Novi Sad, Stockholm and Frankfurt. Her books include: Women in Hungarian Politics 1945-1951 (Columbia University Press/East European Monographs New York, 2003), Geschlecht, Politik und Stalinismus in Ungarn. Eine Biographie von Júlia Rajk. Studien zur Geschichte Ungarns, Bd. 12. (Gabriele Schäfer Verlag, 2007) and together with Ildikó Barna, Political Justice in Budapest after WWII (Politikai igazságszolgáltatás a II. világháború utáni Budapesten. Gondolat, Budapest, 2012 and 2015 by CEU Press). Her recent book is co-edited with Ayse Gül Altinay: Gendered Wars, Gendered Memories. Feminist Conversations on War, Genocide and Political Violence, Routledge, 2016. She serves as an associate editor for the European Journal of Women’s Studies.
In 2005, she was awarded the Officer’s Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary by the President of the Hungarian Republic and the Bolyai Prize by the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in 2006.

Ayşe Gül Altınay (Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Sabancı University and Director of SU Gender – Sabanci University Gender and Women’s Studies Center of Excellence) has been exploring the nexus of gender, memory, militarism, and war in Turkey’s convoluted past and present. Among her recent works are The Myth of the Military-Nation: Militarism, Gender and Education in Turkey (2004); The Grandchildren: The Hidden Legacy of “Lost” Armenians in Turkey (with Fethiye Çetin, trans. Maureen Freely, 2014) and Gendered Wars, Gendered Memories: Feminist Conversations on War, Genocide and Political Violence (co-edited with Andrea Petö, 2016).

Maja Korac-Sanderson is a sociologist; her research interests are in the area of conflict, gender and displacement; conflict, intervention and development; gender, migration and integration. Maja got her PhD from York University, Canada. She has held positions at the Refugee Studies Centre, University of Oxford (Britain), Centre for Refugee Studies and the Centre for Feminist Research, York University (Canada), and University of Belgrade (Yugoslavia/Serbia). She is one of the founding members of the Women in Conflict Zones Network (WICZNET), an international network of scholars, policymakers and grassroots women’s groups from around the world. Maja co-directs the Centre for Social Justice and Change, and co-leads MA Refugee Studies and MA Conflict, Displacement, and Human Security, School of Social Sciences, University of East London.

Maja’s single authored books include Remaking Home: Reconstructing Life, Place and Identity in Rome and Amsterdam published by Berghahn Books Oxford in 2009 (Serbian translation 2012); Linking Arms: Women and war in post-Yugoslav States published by Life & Peace Institute, Uppsala in 1998 in The Women and Nonviolence Series, and Captives of Their Sex: Social Identity of Young Rural Women Between Traditional Culture and Contemporary Values published by the Institute of Sociological Research, University of Belgrade in 1991 (published in Serbo-Croatian). In 2003, she co-edited a book entitled Feminist under Fire: Exchanges across War Zones, Toronto: Between the Lines (Sinhalese translation 2008; Croatian translation 2004), as well as of Women in Conflict Zones, Special Issue of Canadian Women’s Studies, 2000, Vol. 19, No. 4, York University Publications. Maja published widely in edited books and academic journals such as: Identities, Feminist Review, Women’s Studies International Forum, Gender and Education, the Journal of International Migration and Integration, the Journal of Refugee Studies, and Sociology. E-mail

Nadje Al-Ali is Professor of Gender Studies at the Centre for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London, where she is also head of the Doctoral School. She has published widely on women and gender in the Middle East as well as transnational migration and diaspora mobilization. Her publications include What kind of Liberation? Women and the Occupation of Iraq (2009, University of California Press, co-authored with Nicola Pratt); Women and War in the Middle East: Transnational Perspectives (Zed Books, 2009, co-edited with Nicola Pratt); Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present (2007, Zed Books) and Secularism, Gender and the State in the Middle East (Cambridge University Press 2000). Her most recent book (co-edited with Deborah al-Najjar) entitled We are Iraqis: Aesthetics & Politics in a Time of War (Syracuse University Press) won the 2014 Arab-American book prize for non-fiction. Currently, she is working on a research project about the Turkish-Kurdish conflict. Professor Al-Ali is a member of the Feminist Review Collective and on the advisory board of Kohl: A Journal f Body and Gender Research, based in Beirut.


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Book launch, ‘Voices from the ‘Jungle’

Please come along: It’s free!

‘Voices from the ‘Jungle” launch event

Friday April 21, 2017, 7-9pm

Rich Mix, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6LA

With Pluto Press and the Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London

 A panel reading and discussion of ‘Voices from the ‘Jungle’’- stories of Calais ‘Jungle’ camp residents in their own words.
‘Voices from the ‘Jungle’’ presents the stories of residents of the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp from their childhoods, through times of violence and harassment in their own countries, and their difficult, often terrifying journeys, to their time in the camp, and what happened to them afterwards. A panel of artists, policymakers and academics introduces the book. Accompanied by showings of the writers’ photographic work.
 Panel members:
 Lliana Bird – Help Refugees

Chila Burman – artist

Babak Inaloo –  film-maker and student, Université Lille 3

Katrine Moeller Hansen – Voices from the ‘Jungle’ co-editor, University of Copenhagen and Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London

 Vava Tampa – founder of Save the Congo, a London-based campaign tackling the human tragedy engulfing the Democratic Republic

Members of the UEL refugee education Partners’ Group

 Members of the UEL Life Stories short course team

Panel chair: Dr Tahir Zaman – University of Groningen and University of East London.


‘Home is the first thing we experience as human beings in this world; somewhere we know, safe and warm, somewhere that keeps us. When we are forced out, we lose a little bit of ourselves; leaving us less whole. However, through these poems, these stories, we reclaim that home and the humanity that is lost with what comes with being labelled a refugee.  Writing this is not only a way for the world to know us, but a way that we may know ourselves, once again.’ – Poet JJ Bola

‘These first-hand accounts of the suffering endured by refugees fleeing unmitigated horror in their homelands paints a far more vivid picture than anything we read in the press or see on television. If you want to understand fully the extent of what refugees are being forced to endure under our very noses, please read this book.’ – Actor & activist Julie Christie

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Voices from the ‘Jungle’

Published April 2017: Life stories from residents of the Calais ‘Jungle’ refugee camp. Published by Pluto Press:

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Call for papers
TO THINK IS TO EXPERIMENT Postgraduate Research Day 26 April 2017
The Centre for Narrative Research (CNR) organises the annual Research Day for postgraduate researchers on 26th April 2017, at the University of East London. 
This year, we invite papers focusing on the analysis of narratives, discussing and reflecting on applications of analytical approaches, and decisions at any stage of analysis including ethical ones. We are interested in both broader epistemological approaches to analysing narratives and specific narrative models of analysis. 
This is a call for papers for all postgraduate researchers. Participants can contribute with a paper (15-20 minutes long) or a poster. Please send an abstract (150-200 words) to Cigdem Esin, by 27th February, 2017. Applicants will hear back from us by 3rd March, 2017.
We look forward to meeting participants from all over the UK and Europe for a constructive day of presentations and discussions, as we did over the past years. To ‘Think is to Experiment’ has been a narrative space for postgraduate researchers from various disciplines for 16 years. The event has been home to inspiring presentations and intense conversations on multiple aspects of narrative-based research and postgraduate research experiences. The programme and abstracts from previous years can be viewed on this link

Please note that this is a free event but places are limited.
All best wishes,
CNR team

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