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Summerschool 2016 doing narrative analysis

Summerschool Doing Narrative Analysis

Place: University of Twente, Drienerburght
Date: 24 - 26 August 2016


The Summer School “Doing Storyline Analysis” is meant for PhD students, postdoc and experienced researchers who want to improve their competence in doing narrative analysis. Knowledge and experience with qualitative research are recommended (for required prescience please contact Anneke Sools). The summer school builds on two previous courses, but is also open to researchers who did not attend these. An introductory workshop will be given on the first day.


350 euro (including lunch and reader, excluding dinner and stay). PhDs of the University of Twente are free of charge.


Storylab Utwente, Prof. dr. Gerben Westerhof & dr. Anneke Sools

To register for the Summerschool Doing Narrative Analysis please send an e-mail to pgt@utwente.nl . After your registration we will send you a confirmation with further details.

Learning goals

  • At the end of the course, the participant is able to
  • Carry out story line analysis;
  • Interpret narratives that are “impossible to tell”;
  • Relate individual stories to broader socio-cultural narratives;
  • Report results on narrative research;
  • Translate results from narrative research to practice contexts.


The focus of the Summer School is doing narrative analysis. The first day is dedicated to doing story line analysis. Anneke Sools will give an introduction and recapitulation of story line analysis for respectively novice and more experienced narrative researchers. Participants apply story line analysis together and work on their own data. The second day, narrative analysis is placed in broader contexts. Cigdem Esin focuses on the relation of individual stories to broader sociocultural narratives in particular historical contexts. Furthermore, Els Maeckelberghe focuses on the analysis of the novel Hersenschimmen (Out of Mind in English) by the Dutch author Bernlef. The novel describes the process of dementia from the perspective of the person with this illness. The third day focuses on how impact of narrative research can be created. Anneke Sools and Gerben Westerhof will discuss how results of narrative analyses are reported in scientific domain. Anthony Papathomas discusses how to translate results of narrative research to practice contexts. Each day there will be interactive lectures, but participants also work on their own research and data. The participants have to prepare themselves through studying a reader the texts and home assignments.


Cigdem Esin is senior lecturer in Psychosocial Studies and co-director of the Centre for Narrative Research of the University of East London. Her research interests are in interactions between individual stories and grand socio-cultural narratives within historically specific contexts.

Anthony Papathomas is lecturer in Sports and Exercise Psychology at Loughborough University. His research employs qualitative methodologies as a means to understanding the impact of sport and exercise on mental health.

Els Maeckelberghe is senior lecturer Ethics in Medicine at the University Medical Centre Groningen. Her research focuses on health care ethics, research ethics and scientific integrity and addresses the importance of narrative understandings for health care.

Gerben Westerhof is professor in Narrative Psychology at the University of Twente. His research focuses on how life stories contribute to identity development and mental health across the lifespan with a focus on later life.

Anneke Sools is assistant professor in Narrative Psychology at the University of Twente. Her research focuses on methodological innovations in story line analysis as well as on the role of building resilience by imagining future stories.

For more information, please contact Anneke Sools via a.m.sools@utwente.nl or Gerben Westerhof via g.j.westerhof@utwente.nl