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Political Narratives and the Study of Lives Symposium

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This symposium is built upon the contributions of narrative scholars to Part III of the recently published Routledge International Handbook on Narrative and Life History. In these papers, researchers use life history and narrative as a means for exploring the world of politics, as it is lived and as it is imagined. The interest here is not necessarily in the articulation of an explicit political viewpoint, but rather how the narration of a life or lives can reveal power dynamics which often function as the unsaid ligaments that hold stories together.

Broadly speaking, stories – both personal and communal – are pivotal to the way in which politics operates, both in people’s minds (i.e. how they understand politics, and their place within and outside of the formal political sphere) as well as to how politics is practiced. These stories are not just within the domain of the individual, but are built upon the collective memory of a group, just as they help to create how that memory is mobilised and for what purposes. Through their presentations, contributors to this symposium will demonstrate the potential of political narratives and the life history approach to bridge the gap between individual lives and seismic shifts of history.

Speakers include Linda Sandino, Maria Tamboukou, Ann Phoenix, Suzanna Walters, Neil Ferguson, Shirin Rai and Catarina Kinnvall. Janet Boddy and Giorgia Dona will act as discussants.

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