TNS Seminar series 2016-17 ‘Moving Stories’

We shall dedicate the forthcoming series of TNS seminars to the theme of moving stories. This involves stories which move literally across borders and contexts, as well as stories which move us emotionally.

As students of societies, histories and cultures we often engage stories in order to understand and analyse our subject. Stories come in different forms: biographies and life narratives; oral histories; personal and collective memories; material-object stories; poems; novels; legends; myths; visual narratives; music; art; news and media stories; non-fictional sources.

Exploring the moving story will involve questions such as:

–          How stories are engaged to create moving objects of study;

–          How stories are engaged to study moving phenomena, such as relationships between people, times, places, and ideas;

–          How stories are used to cross boundaries that are physical, temporal, contextual, disciplinary;

–          Methods, including multi-sited research, digital storytelling, and the use of mobile devices;

–          Analysis, such as how we investigate storied material (focusing on aesthetic form, socio-political implications, historical change, accounts of experience, or ways of expressing cultural and historical identities or ideologies);

–          Why we collect stories (to understand, to experiment, to give a voice, or to produce counter narratives);

–          Wider notions of translation.

All seminars take place in 65/1177.

Wednesday 23/11/2016 5.15-6.45

Roundtable Discussion with TNS students ’Moving Stories’

Wednesday 14/12/2016 5-6.30      

Joint seminar ‘Death as the beginning and/or end of narrative formation?’

Eleanor Jones ‘Death stories: encountering the corpse in narratives of Lusophone Africa’


Scott Soo ‘(Re)moving stories: closure and commemoration at the Gurs internment camp’

Wednesday 22/2/2017  5-6.30

Patrick Stevenson ‘Berlin Lives’

Wednesday 22/3/2017 5-6.30

Jenny Cuffe & guest

‘Family stories: the relationship between narrator and listener’

Wednesday 3/5/2017 5-6.30

Joint seminar: Visual storytelling

Ulrike Meinhof  ‘Moving stories for audiences ? ‘Valim-babena’ and   ‘Songs for Madagascar’’ & Louise Eley (tbc)

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