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240507 VO Working with Narratives: Methodological and Theoretical Approaches (P2) (2021S)


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Sprache: Englisch



Termine (iCal) - nächster Termin ist mit N markiert

The course will be digital.

Montag 15.03. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 12.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 19.04. 11:30 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 26.04. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 03.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 10.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 17.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 31.05. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 14.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital
Montag 21.06. 13:15 - 14:45 Digital


Ziele, Inhalte und Methode der Lehrveranstaltung

Narratives are central in the work of anthropologists. 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 centrality of narratives in anthropological work asks for a closer methodological inquiry, as offered in this lecture series.

Methodological considerations will include discussions of interdisciplinary approaches such as linguistic anthropology and oral history and will investigate different methodological frameworks (such as narrative interview or conversation analysis) as well as recent ethnographic interventions like memory-guided city walks and digital and visual narrative approaches. Moreover, we will critically discuss different theoretical approaches to narrative in anthropology and neighbouring disciplines (i.e. phenomenological, evolutionary, historical approaches). Themes such as narrative and identity, narrative and temporality, or ethnography, voice and the role of the anthropologist, will be explored in different ethnographic contexts (families, migration, refuge, development, city planning, place-making).

The lecture consists of an input lecture on the core topics (supported by ethnographic and descriptive examples) and the discussion of compulsory readings. The lecture will be online throughout, using a video-conference platform (Zoom) together with the learning platform Moodle. Exact exams modalities and compulsory literature will be announced in due time and will be uploaded on Moodle. The texts below are key reference texts, they are not identical with the compulsory readings.

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Written exam at the end of the semester.

Mindestanforderungen und Beurteilungsmaßstab

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


Content of the lecture series, including compulsory readings.


Key texts:
Bruner, Jerome. 1986. Actual minds, possible worlds. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Falconi, Elisabeth & Kathryn Graber. 2019. Storytelling as narrative practice: Ethnographic approaches to the tales we tell. Brill.
Goffman, Erving. 1959. The presentation of self in everyday life. New York: Anchor Books, Doubleday.
Linde, Charlotte. 1993. Life stories: the creation of coherence. New York, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Zuordnung im Vorlesungsverzeichnis

Letzte Änderung: Di 14.09.2021 12:09