About the Centre

This is the blog of the Centre for Narrative Research.

The Centre for Narrative Research (CNR) is the leading international centre for narrative work in the social sciences. CNR aims to generate and develop innovative narrative research of all kinds, and to bring narrative researchers from all over the world into productive dialogue.

CNR draws on narrative research from across the social sciences and beyond. It is founded in interdisciplinarity; it includes researchers from psychological, sociological, anthropological, cultural and media studies, humanities, arts and performance research traditions. The Centre supports research on spoken, written and visual narratives. It fosters collaborations between its members, associates and advisors, and provides a forum for researchers in applied and policy settings, as well as academics and graduate students.

The Centre is open to all kinds of narrative researchers, whatever their theoretical and methodological backgrounds. At the same time, CNR’s work is distinguished, first, by its commitment to narrative complexity – to studying the contradictions, incoherences and omissions in narratives, as well as narrative sensemaking – and second, by its explorations of relationships between personal narratives and the social world.

 

Co-directors:

Prof. Molly Andrews‌ Email: m.andrews@uel.ac.uk‌‌

Prof. Corinne Squire Email: c.squire@uel.ac.uk

Prof. Maria Tamboukou Email: m.tamboukou@uel.ac.uk 

Dr. Cigdem Esin Email: c.esin@uel.ac.uk

Research Administrator:

Dr. Aura Lounasmaa E-mail: a.lounasmaa@uel.ac.uk

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One response to “About the Centre

  1. Judith Kleinfeld, Professor of Psychology, University of Alaska Fairbanks

    New Book Relevant to Master Narratives and their Effects

    Readers may be interested in my new book, which explores a budding field of narrative psychology–how a national narrative shapes individual lives.

    The Frontier Romance

    Judith Kleinfeld
    Professor of Psychology
    Fairbanks, Alaska
    kleinfeldalaska@mac.com

    American master narratives, such as the story of going to the frontier create a diversity of storied lives.

    Using narrative psychology, The Frontier Romance explores the ways in which people who go to Alaska, which styles itself as “the last frontier,” use the frontier romance to create lives modeled on the stories and values of the American West. I describe people who chose “to go west young man and grow up with the country.” I also describe people who go to the frontier to create unconventional lives, versions of the frontier romance— “modern day mountain men,” “wilderness women,” and communal societies, a recreation of the“city on a hill.”

    The Frontier Romance was published in 2012 by the University of Alaska Press and can be ordered at http://www.alaska.edu/uapress/
    It is also available through Amazon and on Kindle.

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