Stories to Live By. Narrative and Identity: The 2020 Groningen Winter School on Narrative

Sjoerd-Jeroen Moenandar*

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    This strongly interdisciplinary, week-long course, organised in the beautiful city of Groningen, in the North of the Netherlands is meant for
    students and professionals of business, journalism, psychology, the arts, literature, theology, philosophy, coaching, politics, and any other field in which narrative and storytelling play a role.

    The context for our winter school is an increasing body of research, across academic disciplines, on how narrative serves as a means to map how we relate to ourselves and to the world around us. Meanwhile, outside the academy, storytelling has become the focus of attention in many professional practices, such as psychology, counselling, medicine and health, and journalism. These practices put to work the fact that when we express who we are, in relation to what and whom, we tend to do so through storytelling. Our perception of ourselves, of others, and of our place in the world, becomes meaningful through the stories we tell, and those that are told to us. Thus, narrative and identity – both personal and collective - are strongly intertwined.

    The winter school is devoted to studying the many forms and shapes of narrative in a wide variety of media and settings (film, literature, art, journalism, education). With an intensive, week-long programme that also pays attention to the dangerous effects storytelling may have on our sense of self, we will be offering participants an enticing week that includes a one day symposium on regional and minority identity narratives.

    Original languageEnglish
    TypeWinter School on Narrative
    Media of outputUniversity of Groningen
    Publication statusPublished - Jan-2020

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