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Narrative Cultures Working Group

The Narrative Cultures Working Group is a platform for dialogue, cooperation, and networking among scholars in the fields of (European) Ethnology, Folklore Studies and Cultural Anthropology, with a special interest in the broad field of narrative studies. The Working Group warmly welcomes young scholars/early career researchers, and encourages dialogue with colleagues from ISFNR, AFS, and other working groups in the field.

The study of narrative has expanded far beyond the fundamental idea of homo narrans to include alternative communicative forms such as the non-verbal (visual storytelling, hybrid forms like exhibitions, rituals, dance, music, and so forth). It is crucial to consider the relationship between deep structure (narrative) and surface structure (narration), between “narrative ontologies” and “grand narratives”, as well as the diverse social, community, and media contexts in which collectively meaningful exchanges take place.

The NCWG aims to encourage and develop interdisciplinary and international work, supporting comparative study and acknowledging that different scientific discourses (including those of the natural sciences) have specific narrative forms. Through the lenses of position, subjectivity and intersubjectivity, authority and power, we highlight the “problematic”, “hidden”, “marginal”, and “untellable”. By looking at relationships, transformations, and popularization, we draw attention to processes of cultural hybridization, transculturalization and transmediality.

Themes include:

The working group aims to foster scholarly exchange through meetings, workshops, and labs (e.g., on theories and methods), conference panels and publications.

SIEF members who wish to join the working group are welcome to contact Helmut Groschwitz at ncwg(at)siefhome.org.

Helmut Groschwitz (chair, contact person), Institut für Volkskunde (Institute for European Ethnology), Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Germany,
Marina Jaciuk (chair), Katholische Universität Eichstätt, Ingolstadt, Germany,

Inaugurating Board (17.4.2019):
Alf Arvidson, Umea University, Sweden, alf.arvidsson(at)umu.se
Aleida Bertran, Latvian Academy of Culture, aleida.bertran(at)gmail.com
Sebastian Dümling, University of Basel, sebastian.duemling(at)unibas.ch
Piotr Grochowski, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Piotr.Grochowski(at)umk.pl
Petr Janeček, petr.janecek(at)ff.cuni.cz
Lubomír Sůva, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen