Cathy Riessman Symposium call for papers

Cathy Riessman Symposium call for papers

The wonderful Cathy Riessman is this month celebrating her 80th birthday. Cathy has made an indelible mark on narrative studies and methodology and among other things, her work has influenced many of the methodological moves that have underpinned Whites Writing Whiteness research. There will be a symposium to celebrate and engage with her work on 29 May this year, in London.  The organising committee for this event has issued the call for papers which appears below, with a closing date of the end of February.

Amor Narratio: A Symposium on Cathy K Riessman’s narrative scholarship
Catherine-Kohler Riessman has just turned eighty, unbelievable and yet true! ‘There are many ways I could narrate my career. I have traveled a crooked road to finally achieve a comfortable place in narrative studies’ she modestly wrote in a career interview piece, published in 2014. What she calls ‘a comfortable place in narrative studies’ should actually be rewritten as a major influence in narrative research in the human sciences on a variety of levels: disciplinary, theoretical, methodological, epistemological, geographical and last but not least personal. More importantly Riessman’s work has opened up paths leading to what we want to call the ‘amor narratio’, an intellectual love for and deep engagement with the rich multiplicities of narrative research. In celebrating her life, career and narrative scholarship, we are organizing a symposium in London on May 29, 2019. This is a call for short papers on any aspect of Riessman’s work, particularly in the way it has influenced specific analytical approaches, methodological moves and epistemological perspectives in narrative research in the human sciences.

Please send a short abstract of no more than 200 words to Ruth Ballardie: by February 28, 2019.

We look forward to seeing you in London, in May!

Organizing committee
Centre for Narrative Research and Feminist Research Group, University of East London
Centre for Work and Employment, The University of Greenwich
Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education


Last updated: 10 January 2019