Refugee narrative and other events at UEL – Refugee Week 2018

Come and Celebrate Refugee Week with the University of East London

For details of addresses, locations and transport, see:

Monday, 18th June 2018, UEL Docklands Campus, 2-4pm:

Voices of London and Calais: Exhibition Launch 2pm – UEL Refugee Council Archives, Docklands Campus Library. With Aura Lounasmaa and Paul Dudman

Exhibition of stories from refugees and asylum seekers living in the Calais ‘Jungle’ and in London

Creating Imagery as a Story-Telling Medium 2.30pm-4pm – UEL Refugee Council Archives, Docklands Campus Library. With Lynda Gilby and Sonia Quintero.

We will be discussing the way in which we interpret photographs and why photography is an important component of social change around forced migration issues.

Wednesday, 20th UEL Stratford Water Lane Campus, 10am-3.15pm:

Conference to Launch the BPS Guidelines on Working with Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the UK, 10am-3.15pm – UEL Stratford Water Lane Room CCG.05. With Rachel Tribe, Nimisha Patel, Lord Alf Dubs, and others. For details, please see:

Thursday, 21st UEL Stratford University Square Campus, 2-8.30pm:

LGBT+ Narratives and Refugee Solidarity 2-3.30pm – UEL Stratford University Square Room USG.17

‘This is who I am’, from Ice and Fire: Performance and discussion about LGBT+ people seeking asylum in the UK ( )

Refugee Narratives 4.30pm to 5.45pm – UEL Stratford University Square, Room USG.17

Refugee Narratives across Modalities and Contexts with Giorgia Dona, Paul Dudman, Rumana Hashem and Maya Korac,

Building Communities across Borders 6pm – 7.30pm – UEL Stratford University Square Room USG.17

Bridging Theory and Rractice through Practice-Based Internships with Afaf Jabiri and postgraduate students

Launch of UEL Student Action for Refugees, STAR, 7.45pm to 8.30pm – UEL Stratford University Square, Room USG.17 With Becca Olsson

UEL 2018-2019 Article 26 and OLIve fee waivers for asylum seekers and refugees:

UEL for 2018-2019 is giving SIX standalone Foundation program fee waivers, three in Social Sciences and three in Education and Early Childhood. These are for refugees, asylum seekers and people with temporary leave to remain. Please send initial enquiries to Aura Lounasmaa

We also have THREE one-year Master’s level fee waivers. Please send initial enquiries to Zeyna Fall

UEL is also running the OLIve program for refugees and asylum seekers, over 10 Saturdays, to help move people towards higher education. This program’s next cohort starts in September. Please contact Aura Lounasmaa for details.


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Book Launch: ‘Intersectionality, Class and Migration: Narratives of Iranian Women Migrants in the UK’ by Dr Mastoureh Fathi

Book Launch

‘Intersectionality, Class and Migration: Narratives of Iranian Women Migrants in the UK’ by Dr Mastoureh Fathi

co-organized by

Centre for Narrative Research & Centre for Research Migration, Refugees and Belonging

at the University of East London

Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018, University Square Stratford 

Room: USS 2.41, 1-3pm

For directions to the venue:

Dr Mastoureh Fathi has focused on social class in migration stories using an intersectional framework in her first monograph entitled:Intersectionality, Class and MigrationNarratives of Iranian Women Migrants in the UK (Palgrave Macmillan).

This book offers critical analysis of everyday narratives of Iranian middle class migrants who use their social class and careers to “fit in” with British society. Based on a series of interviews and participant observations with two cohorts of “privileged” Iranian migrant women working as doctors, dentists and academics in Britain—groups that are usually absent from studies around migration, marginality and intersectionality—the book applies narrative analysis and intersectionality to critically analyse social class in relation to gender, ethnicity, places and sense of belonging in Britain.

There will be an introduction to the book by Prof. Molly Andrews

Followed by a discussion between Dr Mastoureh Fathi and Prof. Nira Yuval-Davis, the editor of the Politics of Intersectionality series published by Palgrave Macmillan. 

The discussion will continue over wine.

Dr Mastoureh Fathi finished her PhD at the University of East London. She has undertaken research in Iran and Britain on Iranian women, and has published on migration, social class, gender and education in Iran and Britain. She is currently a lecturer in Sociology at the Royal Holloway, University of London. Her current research looks at the intersection of religion, gender and parenting.  

Dr Mastoureh Fathi:



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Symposium on Storytelling and Ethics

May 11th Symposium on Storytelling and Ethics
12- 5 pm
University of East London, University Square, Stratford, US 4.15

This symposium will mark the UK launch of six new books. From war photography to literature, to everyday lived experience, to Holocaust testimony, each of these books deals with questions of the relationship between ethics and storytelling, be it in real or fictional contexts. Analyzing how narratives enlarge or diminish the spaces of possibilities in which we act, think, and re-imagine the world together with others, these books explore the ethical potential and risks of storytelling.

The afternoon will combine panel presentations, author Q & A, and open discussion, and will conclude with a reception. The event is free but places are limited. To reserve a ticket, please visit:

The six new books which will be the focus of the symposium are:

Jakob Lothe, ed. (2017) Time’s Witnesses: Women’s voices from the Holocaust (Fledgling Press).

In Time’s Witnesses: Women’s Voices from the Holocaust you meet ten Jewish women, four from Norway and six from other countries, who all have first-hand experience of the Nazi prison camps.

Hanna Meretoja (2018) The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible (Oxford University Press).
Against the backdrop of the polarized debate on the ethical significance of storytelling, Hanna Meretoja’s The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible develops a nuanced framework for exploring the ethical complexity of the roles narratives play in our lives.

Hanna Meretoja & Colin Davis, eds (2018) Storytelling and Ethics: Literature, Visual Arts and the Power of Narrative (Routledge)

In recent years there has been a huge amount of both popular and academic interest in storytelling as something that is an essential part of not only literature and art but also our everyday lives as well as our dreams, fantasies, aspirations, historical…

Louie Palu (2017) Front Towards Enemy (Yoffy Press)
One of the highlights at the Click Photography Festival was the opening keynote lecture by Canadian documentary photographer and filmmaker, Louie Palu.Louie is a rare combination of artist and war photographer, able to stand present for horrific human events and then synthesize those moments into something artful, poetic, and powerful.

Brian Schiff (2017) A New Narrative for Psychology (Oxford University Press).
How can a narrative perspective help us advance our understanding of the fundamental problems of human psychology and better appreciate persons in diverse social and cultural contexts?

Brian Schiff, A. Elizabeth McKim & Sylvie Patron, eds (2017) Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience (Oxford University Press).
The challenge of life and literary narrative is the central and perennial mystery of how people encounter, manage, and inhabit a self and a world of their own – and others’ – creations.

This symposium is being co-organised by the Centre for Narrative Research (University of East London), SELMA: Centre for the Study of Storytelling, Experientiality and Memory (University of Turku) and the George and Irina Schaeffer Center for the Study of Genocide, Human Rights and Conflict Prevention (American University of Paris).

Programme for the symposium

12-12:30 Registration

12:30 Welcome by Molly Andrews and Maarit Leskelä-Kärki

12:45- 1:45 Roundtable on Hanna Meretoja’s The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible (2018, Oxford University Press). Discussants: Matti Hyvärinen, Maarit Leskelä-Kärki, Jakob Lothe, Ann Phoenix and Brian Schiff.

1:45-2:45 Contributors of Storytelling and Ethics: Literature, Visual Arts and the Power of Narrative (edited by Hanna Meretoja & Colin Davis, 2018, Routledge) present their chapters: Molly Andrews, Colin Davis, Robert Eaglestone, Anna Reading)

2.45-3:15 Coffee/Tea Break

3:15-3.35 Cigdem Esin (TBC) in conversation with Brian Schiff (author of A New Narrative for Psychology and a co-editor of Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience, both published by Oxford University Press in 2017)

3:35-3:55 Unni Langås in conversation with Jakob Lothe (editor of Time’s Witnesses: Women’s voices from the Holocaust, 2017, Fledgling Press)

4:00-4:15 Louie Palu presents his book Front Towards Enemy (2017, Yoffy Press).

4:15- 4:30 Closing comments/reflections

4:30 Reception


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TBT…Telling London stories with Deanna Rodger, 2016

We never uploaded these great word images of the poetic body of London…made by students with Deanna Rodger

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To Think is To Experiment – CNR’s Postgraduate Research Day

To Think is To Experiment, Postgraduate Research Day                                             

 Wednesday, 25th April, 2018, University Square Stratford


Programme of the day

10.20 – 11.00 

Siyanda Ndlovu Memorial Lecture

Afrocentric symbols of relational selves as a visual-narrative form of analysis

Sabrina Liccardo, University of Pretoria 

11.00 – 11.25

‘Why all of a sudden is my motor going a bit funny?’ A multi-level narrative analysis technique to explore illness experience.

Meredith K.D. Hawking, Queen Mary University of London

11.25 – 11.50

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.

Claire Feeley, University of Central Lancashire

11.50 – 12.10

Coffee Break

 12.10 – 12.35

‘Veteran’ Is a Three-Part Story (Narrative)

Lisa Peacock, Anglia Ruskin University

 12.35 – 13.00

The Experience of Performance Appraisal for Ethnic Minority employees in UK Organisations

Mahendra Kumar Rangoolam, University of East London

 13.00 – 14.00

Lunch Break

14.00 – 14.25

Hearing the divine in narrative

Thomas Sealey, University of Bristol

14.25 – 14.50

Bridging the ‘individual’ with the ‘socio-political’ through narrative analysis, the sociology of childhood and intersectionality: Applying an analytical framework to young women’s accounts of experiencing domestic violence and abuse in childhood.

Tanya Beetham, University of Stirling

14.50 – 15.15

The impact of 19th century narrative on 20th/21st century thought with regard to theatres and music halls

Deborah Jeffries, University of East London

 15.15 -15.30

Coffee Break

15.30 -15.55

Title to be confirmed

Charlie Azzopardi, Institute of Family Therapy Malta

15.55 – 16.20

Secrets and the Unknown: A Narrative Approach to Looking at Negation in Childbearing

Jane Rooney, Liverpool John Moores University


Evaluating the impact of recovery stories in first episode psychosis

Chanelle Myrie and Claire Thompson,

Southwark Team for Early Psychosis, South London and Maudsley NHS foundation trust

Full programme and abstracts TTITE 2018 programme and abstracts

For previous programmes, please visit 

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Centre for Narrative Research Spring & Summer 2018 Events

8 February 2018

Department of Psychology, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

‘Naturalising HIV: The medicalisation, normalisation and marketisation of HIV in the UK’ by Corinne Squire

16 February 2018

Human Mobility and Health seminar series at University of Tampere, Finland

‘Calais Jungle’ by Aura Lounasmaa

8-11 March 2018

“Narrative and Memory: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics” Fiction and Facts in Narratives of Political Conflict (Symposium in Narrative and Memory: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics network), Norway

Papers: ‘Constructing Stories of Political Forgiveness’ by Molly Andrews               ‘Creative spaces of resistance in narratives by refugees’ by Cigdem Esin and Aura Lounasmaa

22-24 March 2018

2nd NEST (Narrative Enquiry for Social Transformation) International Conference, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Keynote by Molly Andrews

23 April 2018

Corinne Squire and Mohammed Omer Ahmed Abdelhafedh, reading from ‘Voices from the ‘Jungle”, Poetry Cafe, 22 Betterton Street, London WC2H 9BX

25 April 2018

To think is to experiment, CNR’s annual postgraduate conference

University of East London, University Square, Stratford.

Please contact Cigdem Esin ( for further details.

11 May 2018

 ‘Ethics of Storytelling’ Symposium and triple book launch,

University of East London, University Square, Stratford

Triple book launch:

Hanna Meretoja, (2018) The Ethics of Storytelling: Narrative Hermeneutics, History, and the Possible (Oxford University Press)

Brian Schiff (2017)  Life and Narrative: The Risks and Responsibilities of Storying Experience (Oxford University Press)

Louie Palu . 2017 Front Towards Enemy (Yoffe Press)

31 May – 1 June 2018

Home Matters: Meanings metaphors and practices, Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland.  

‘Where the Meanings Are – ‘ Home in refugee writing and state practices’ by Corinne Squire

7-8 June 2018

‘Writing Voice and Speaking Text’, Interdisciplinary Conference, Helsinki University, Finland.

Keynote by Molly Andrews
2 July 2018 

Narrative Matters pre-conference workshop, University of Twente

‘Narratives, Agency and Social Change: analysis across disciplines’ by Molly Andrews, Cigdem Esin, Aura Lounasmaa, Corinne Squire

2-5 July 2018

Conference Narrative Matters 2018


Narrative bordering: stories tracing and traducing the margins of ‘ refugee’, within camps and states, with Cigdem Esin, Aura Lounasmaa and Corinne Squire

Negotiating narrative interdisciplinarity and modality in reflections on biomedicine, with Mark Davis, Sharon Gallagher, Sanny Mulubale and Corinne Squire:

Expectation, Experience and Master/Counter Narratives, with Molly Andrews, Mari Hatavara, Matti Hyvarinen, Maria Laakso, Ann Phoenix, Per Krogh Hansen

Narrative Otherness with Molly Andrews, Mark Freeman and Ruthellen Josselson

29 July – 5 August 2018

Imaginaries and Memories of Forced Migration: Gender and Nonviolent Struggle Symposium in Narrative and Memory: Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics network) Färö Island, Sweden

Keynote by Molly Andrews

CNR’s postgraduate seminar series

20 February

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

6 March

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

8 May

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.

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Postgraduate Seminar – Sharon Martinelli, University of Malta ‘No shame, no guilt. Don’t be ashamed of your story- it will hopefully inspire others’. Narratives of chronic illness

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

Tuesday 20th February 2018, 5 – 6.30pm
Library, Thomas Coram Research Unit,
27 – 28 Woburn Square, London WC1H 0AA
Life experiences have led me to surmise that chronicity generates unique challenges for women. This in itself warrants further exploration, explication and understanding. The research question guiding this project is, ‘What are women’s experiences of living with a chronic condition in Malta?’ According to Mcleod (2015), research questions are born out of personal experience and aspiring to make a difference in practice. Subsequently, the driving force fuelling this project is my own self as a person, a woman, a daughter, a mother, a professional nurse and a counsellor, and my own illness narrative. I aim to look beyond the ‘medicalization’ and ‘pathology’ of chronic illness, to provide the time, space and opportunity to tune in with the voice of the ‘sufferer’, ‘survivor’ and/or the ‘victim’ of the illness trajectory through narrative by adopting an auto-ethnographic approach. I intend to share reflections on how illness narratives not only reflect illness experiences but also contribute to the experience and means of constructing a bridge between research and practice (Etherington, 2000).

Sharon Martinelli (Bsc Hons Nursing. Masters Counselling) is currently an Assistant Lecturer with the University of Malta, Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing and She is pursuing her doctoral studies with the University of Matla Faculty of Social Wellbeing.
She is a nurse by profession, whose work has also involved management. She steered the development of a number of projects in community care services both the public arena, and in the private sector. and also led development of degree programme in nurse education in community which today she is co-ordinating. She has supported Individuals and their families in the most vulnerable times of their lives. Appreciating life, meaning and positivity are her ethos in life. ‘Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them’ (Epitectus 50-138 A.D)

For further details please contact Corinne Squire at or Carolina Guttierez Munoz, Thomas Coram Research Unit graduate partner, .

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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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