Look Both Ways: Narrative and Metaphor in Education

We are pleased to announce a new RaAM-endorsed event!

Look Both Ways: Narrative and Metaphor in Education

Many people associate the art of storytelling and the use of metaphors with fiction and poetry. Over the last 30 years, however, philosophers, psychologists, anthropologists and linguists have offered insights into the fundamental role of both narrative and metaphor as instruments by which human beings think, perceive, imagine, and make sense of their experiences. Those in education studies have begun to utilize these insights to great effect in various educational research domains ranging from exploration of actual teaching practice to analyses of the way we talk and think about education.

The metaphor and narrative perspectives, however, have mostly been utilized separately. Moreover, opportunities for researchers and educators to meet and share their ideas are rare. This conference takes up the challenge of bringing educationists who have employed the narrative lens into conversation with those who have employed the metaphor lens. It highlights the work of those few researchers who have demonstrated ‘binocular vision’ (that is, employed the two perspectives in combination) in their study of education. Moreover, the implications of research for teaching and policy will be particularly emphasized. The result should be a fuller account than has previously been attempted of the intricate relations which operate at the nexus between narrative and metaphor in and of education.

There will be 5 keynote presentations

  • Jean Clandinin, Vera Caine & Sean Lessard – University of Alberta, Canada
  • Martin Cortazzi – University of Warwick & Lixian Jin – De Montfort University, UK
  • Kieran Egan - Simon Fraser University, Canada
  • Michael Hanne - University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Martijn Meeter – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Niklas Pramling – University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Presentations will take various forms:

We invite proposals for interactive paper sessions (20 minutes presentation, 10 minutes discussion), posters and 75-minute workshops (with an applied focus).

A selection of outstanding papers from the conference will be submitted to a major academic press for publication in book form.

Instructions for submission:

All abstracts should be submitted via Easychair by 31 October 2016 (see www.named2017conference.com for more details).

Instructions for submission 

When submitting your abstract, you are asked to provide at least 3 keywords that best capture the topic of your presentation (more are allowed, but don’t overdo it). All abstracts (posters, papers, workshops) should be no longer than 750 words. This includes pivotal references and the additional elements below:

  • If you would like to present a poster or paper, please indicate in your abstract what you think your research insights might mean for practice.
  • All paper presentations should include some form of audience participation (an interactive element). Please consider at the end of your abstract how you will involve the audience (e.g. by giving examples of your research data and asking audience to think along, by having the audience respond to statements regarding your research, by having them look at a short extract of videodata and state their observations etc.).
  • If you would like to provide a workshop, the workshop should have an applied focus (on educational practice or educational research methodology) and include the workshop’s learning goals (“What do I want my audience to know or to be able to do by the end of this workshop?”), the target audience and a brief description of the workshop format.
  • If you have written a paper/article on the topic of your presentation/workshop that illustrates your work, we encourage you to upload it as part of your submission. The paper must be in PDF format (file extension .pdf).

Please find details in the call for papers