‘Narratives beyond the text’: 13 November Goldsmiths’

Working with narratives beyond the text:

Sound and process


London Social Sciences, Goldsmiths’ and Queen Mary University London with the Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London.


Friday November 13, 2015

St. James Hatcham 302, Goldsmiths’, University of London



10.00-10.30: Registrations and coffee

10.30-11.00: Corinne Squire, Introduction: Narratives across media

11.00-12.30: Linda Sandino, The voice and the text in narrative research: Presentation and workshop

12.30-1.30: Lunch

1.30-3.00: Cigdem Esin, Analysing processual and relational self-narratives: an approach using multiple narrative modalities: presentation and workshop

3.00-3.30: Tea, with general discussion

Abstracts and biographical notes

Dr. Corinne Squire, co-director, Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London


Introduction: Narratives across and between media

To initiate the day’s discussion of ‘narratives beyond the text’, this Introduction gives an overview of some recent work on narratives across media, and on the possibilities such work opens up for narrative research.


Recommended texts:

BUTLER, J. (2005). Giving an account of oneself. Bronx, NY: Fordham University Press.

DOMINGO, M., KRESS, G., O’CONNELL, R., ELLIOTT, H., SQUIRE, C., JEWITT, C. AND ADAMI, E. (2014). Development of methodologies for researching online. NCRM eprint: http://eprints.ncrm.ac.uk/3704/

HEAVEY, E. (2015). Narrative bodies, embodied narratives. In A. de Fina & A. Georgakopoulou (eds.)The Handbook of Narrative Analysis.Wiley-Blackwell. HERMAN, D. (2013). Approaches to narrative worldmaking. In M. Andrews, C.Squire and M. Tamboukou (eds) Doing narrative research. London: Sage.

HYDEN, L-C. (2013). Bodies, embodiment and stories. In M. Andrews, C.Squire and M. Tamboukou (eds) Doing narrative research. London: Sage.

RYAN, M-L. (2004) Narratives across media. Lincoln, NB: University of Nebraska Press

SEALE, C. (2004). Resurrective practice and narrative. In M.Andrews, S.D.Sclater, C.Squire and A. Treacher (eds) The uses of narrative research.




Dr Linda Sandino, CCW UAL Senior Research Fellow, Victoria and Albert Museum.


The Voice and the Text in Narrative Research.

This session will explore the distinctive qualities of the recorded voice and the transcript in narrative research.  Despite the increasing accessibility of recorded sound with online academic journals that enable audio content, the transcript is still, nevertheless, the standard representation of an interview and its stories. What, if anything is lost in the translation from orality to the written text? What are the problems in privileging one over the other? Is the voice a more  ‘authentic’ conduit to the ‘truth’ of the narrative? In order to examine these questions, I will draw on my current research on life history recordings at the V&A, which will also form the basis for the workshop.

Recommended texts:

CONNOR, S. (2004) Sound and the Self. IN SMITH, M. M. (Ed.) Hearing244

History: a Reader. Athens GA and London, University of Georgia Press.

PORTELLI, A. (1994) The Text and the Voice: Writing, Speaking, and Democracy in American Literature, New York, Columbia University Press.

SCOTT, J. W. (1991) The Evidence of Experience. Critical Inquiry 17, 773-797.

STERNE, J. (2003) The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction,

Durham and London, Duke University Press.

Dr Cigdem Esin, Centre for Narrative Research, University of East London


Analysing processual and relational self-narratives: an approach using multiple narrative modalities

This session will explore the analytical possibilities that a narrative methodological approach, which focuses on the process bringing together multiple narrative modalities (visual, spoken, interactional), could offer to qualitative researchers. Drawing on the arguments on co-construction of narratives, dialogic-performative narrative space, processual and relational construction of individual narratives and narrative imagination, I will discuss how this approach could be used to gain insights into the ways in which life narratives are constructed and performed within specific contexts. Based on the material from our research with a small group of young women in East London, the workshop will provide a space for the participants to explore multiple narratives so as to construct their mini analysis.

Suggested readings:

Andrews, Molly (2014). Introduction to Narrative Imagination and Everyday Life Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Davies, Bronwyn & Harré, Rom (1990). Positioning: The discursive construction of selves. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 20, 43-63.

Esin, Cigdem & Squire, Corinne (2013). Visual Autobiographies in East London: Narratives of Still Images, Interpersonal Exchanges, and Intrapersonal Dialogues [49 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung / Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 14(2), Art. 1, 

Phoenix, Anne (2013). Analysing narrative contexts. In Andrews, Molly, Squire, Corinne & Tamboukou, Maria (Eds.), Doing narrative research (pp.72-87). London: Sage.                     Somers, M.R. (1994). ‘The Narrative Constitution of Identity: A Relational and Network Approach’. Theory and Society, 23, pp. 605-64                                                      Tamboukou, Maria (2008) Re-imagining the narratable subject. Qualitative Research, 8(3), 283-292.


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Corinne Squire is Professor of Social Sciences and Co-Director, Centre for Narrative Research, at University of East London

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