Program archived

This program was offered in the past. This program might be offered again, but to be certain contact the organizing institution of this program. For current programs view all programs, or see the current offer by University of Groningen.

Stories to Live By: Narrative and Identity

University of Groningen

Organised in the beautiful city of Groningen (Netherlands), this interdisciplinary, week-long course is meant for students and professionals in the arts, literature, theology, philosophy, business, journalism, psychology, coaching, politics, and any other field in which narrative and storytelling play a role.

The context for our winter school is an increasing body of research, across academic disciplines, on how narrative serves as a means to map how we relate to ourselves and to the world around us. Meanwhile, outside the academy, storytelling has become the focus of attention in many professional practices, such as psychology, counselling, medicine and health, and journalism. These practices put to work the fact that when we express who we are, in relation to what and whom, we often tend to do so through storytelling. Our perception of ourselves, of others, and of our place in the world, becomes meaningful through the stories we tell, and those that are told to us. Thus, narrative and identity – both personal and collective - are strongly intertwined.

The winter school is devoted to studying the many forms and shapes of narrative identity in a wide variety of media and settings and from different perspectives. With an intensive, week-long programme that also pays attention to the potentially negative effects of narratives on our sense of self, we will be offering participants an enticing week. The Winter School will be closed by a one day symposium on “Peripheral Narratives and Minority Identities”.

Our speakers are specialists in art and literature, cognitive science, minority studies, media studies, and religious studies and include Barend van Heusden, Liesbeth Korthals Altes and Goffe Jensma.

Location Groningen, Netherlands
20 Jan 2020 - 24 Jan 2020
Levels Master / Graduate
Credits 3.0 ECTS
Program fee 325 EUR
Accommodation fee 50 EUR
Extra information about the fee:
Discounted fee for University of Groningen students and staff: €100
Application deadline 15 November 2019
Entry requirements:
The winter school is designed for PhD students and graduate students (MA) interested in the study of narrative. Professionals interested in storytelling are also welcome to apply.
It is expected that the participants have a sufficient command of the English language in order for them to participate actively in the discussions and to present their own work in English.
Contact information: