Narrative is often over-used in academic and public discourses, but rarely understood. The ways of narrative in life and scholarship are wily. In academic discourse, narratives are sometimes seen to mask injustice—and, thus, require loosening. But when do we make the shift from “narrative” to “narrating?” This seminar will undertake to analyze “narrative” as both a concept and process, examining such constructs as “collective narrative” and “counter narrative,” and their relationship to concepts like culture, regulation, solidarity, ideology, resistance, and diversity. Ideally, the literary and legal scholars, psychologists, anthropologists, philosophers, journalists, educators, political scientists, artists, and others participating in large and small events of the “Narrating Change” seminar will end each year with a richer understanding of the uses of narrative as a means of examining and participating in social and individual consciousness and change.
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