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240031 VO The Social Life of Stories: Narrative Theories and Methods (3.3.6) (2018S)


Sprache: Englisch



Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

Mittwoch 21.03. 16:45 - 18:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 11.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Mittwoch 18.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Mittwoch 25.04. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Mittwoch 02.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Mittwoch 09.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Mittwoch 16.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Mittwoch 23.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Mittwoch 30.05. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock
Mittwoch 13.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Seminarraum D, NIG 4. Stock
Mittwoch 20.06. 16:45 - 18:15 Hörsaal A, NIG 4.Stock


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Narratives are fundamental to social life. By telling stories we do not only make meaning of our experiences but by sharing them with others we are forming relations and establishing socialities. Thus storytelling expressed by different media is located at the intersection between private and public life.
In this lecture series we will investigate narratives and their importance in anthropological work, past and present. People in different places, situations and contexts use narratives as a way to express themselves and to engage with others. This does not mean that a universal way of storytelling exists but anthropologists have been particularly interested in exploring the cultural and social contexts of narratives encountered during fieldwork. However, anthropologists do not only encounter narratives but also elicit, study and (co-)create narratives, whether through ethnographic observation, by conducting interviews or through their analysis and writing of ethnographic accounts.

The lecture consists of an input lecture on the above-listed core topics (supported by ethnographic and descriptive examples) and the discussion of the compulsory reading of key texts. The lecture is supported by multimedia teaching material and will make use of the e-learning platform Moodle. Exams modalities and compulsory literature will be announced in due time and will be uploaded on Moodle.

Art der Leistungskontrolle und erlaubte Hilfsmittel

Written exam at the end of the semester. No additional material/devices are allowed during the exam.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

For a positive evaluation 60 points or more of the 100 points need to be reached.


Content of the lecture series and compulsory literature


Bloch, Maurice. 1998. How we think they think: anthropological approaches to cognition, memory and literacy. Boulder, CO: Westview Press.
Götsch, Barbara. 2013. ‘Reflections on a collective brain at work: one week in the working life of an NGO team in urban Morocco‘, In Ingold, Tim & Gísli Pálsson. Eds. 2013. Bio-social becomings. Integrating social and biological anthropology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp.: 123-144.
Jackson, Michael. 2006. The Politics of Storytelling: Violence, Transgression, and Intersubjectivity, Critical Anthropology. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press, University of Copenhagen.
Ochs, Elinor and Lisa Capps. 2001. Living narrative: creating lives in everyday storytelling. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Palmberger, Monika. 2013. 'Ruptured Pasts and Captured Futures: Life Narratives in Post-War Mostar'. In Focaal. Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, No. 66, 2013, 14-24.
Ricoeur, Paul. 2006. Memory, History, Forgetting. Chicago; London: The University of Chicago Press.
Tonkin, Elizabeth. Narrating Our Past: The Social Construction of Oral History. Cambridge; New York; Oakleigh: Cambridge University Press, 1992.
Frank, Arthur. 2010. Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-Narratology, Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Mo 07.09.2020 15:39