Uses and Abuses of Storytelling: Theorizing the Intersections of Narrative, Memory and Identity


14.2.2019 at 15.00 - 16.2.2019 at 18.00
While both interdisciplinary narrative studies and cultural memory studies have boomed in the twenty-first century and are continuing to expand in new directions, there is lamentably little dialogue between them. This symposium aims to bring discussions in these two fields into a more intensive dialogue by theorizing the intersections of narrative, memory and identity. One of the common denominators of narrative and memory studies is the interest in issues of identity work. The conference explores this connection by asking: how are narratives used and abused in the construction of collective memory, on the one hand, and in shaping collective and personal identities, on the other? What social mechanisms do such memory work and identity work involve and what kind of normative conceptions of narrative identity do various social practices of memory and identity work perpetuate or challenge? The conference seeks to address the theoretical implications of the ethical, aesthetic, and political dimensions of the interaction between cultural narrative practices of sense-making, the need for a sense of self, and the shaping of cultural memory against the backdrop of the current world situation.

If you would like to attend the symposium, please send a biographical statement and briefly explain your interest in participating to the conference secretary Eevastiina Kinnunen ( by January 10th.

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Kinnunen, Eevastiina