Doing Narrative Analysis a 3 day Summer Course
Hi everyone, this is a short reflection on a 3 day summer course I attended.
On August 23rd I travelled to Holland with the purpose of attending a 3 day workshop on Narrative Analysis. This course was provided by the University of Twente in Enschede.
As I am currently in my second year (meaning that I will be collecting my data this academic year), I thought that attending a course on ‘Doing Narrative Analysis’ could help me both to explore more this area and to expand my own understandings of my future research task/stage (i.e. being the analyst of the data I will gather). Having no expectations whatsoever of the course, I attended it with an open mind.
I was surprised to know that people from different disciplines (e.g. Biology, Geography, Education, Psychology) where doing narrative research. For instance, a researcher from Chile was exploring how the narratives of visually impaired University students could help to build up an app which could allow them to transit around the campus with the minimum possible risk. I thought that was an amazing idea and a good way to contribute to our society.
There were many interesting themes. I personally, got engaged in the ‘grand narratives’ / ‘sociocultural narratives’ discourse. I realised how significant it is to explore and/or take into account the ‘grand narratives’ in which people live in order to understand their impact on people’s lives and personal trajectories. Understanding that people create ‘counter narratives’ based on their own lived experiences, beliefs and perceptions in order to make sense of their world became an interesting element which for instance I had not considered for my own research. Neither I had thought deeply about how our own contexts, backgrounds and personal trajectories can impact the way we think, behave and act in our society. I believe this new understanding of ‘grand narratives’ will help me to look at my data with wider lenses.
Interesting links about Narrative Technology and the course I attended: