Call for papers: Centring participants’ lived experiences: Narrative understandings of social inequality



Call for Papers
The International Society for the Study of Narrative annual conference
University of Navarra
Pamplona, Spain
June 6-8, 2019

Centring participants’ lived experiences: Narrative understandings of social inequality

Session organizers:
• Elaine Laberge, sociology phd student, vanier scholar (2018 – 2021)
University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Panel members:
• Do you conduct research from a sociological framework?
• Do you work inside or outside of academia to address systemic issues?
• Are you an advocate for marginalized populations?
• Do you want to share how you are bringing participants’ experiences to the centre to make social inequality and inequity visible?
• Are you active in research mobilization to address social justice?
• Does your research (at any stage) make participants part of the discussion rather than the object of discussion (Adair, 2005)?
If so, then this roundtable panel presentation is for you!
There is no restriction on methodology. Panel members may be engaged with arts-based, participatory action, ethnography, narrative, mixed, or narrative inquiry methods to explore sociological issues
This panel and participatory session is for those who are focused on sociological-based research
Research outcomes:
Research outcomes may be as diverse as bricolage, creative non-fiction, film, metaphor, narrative accounts, pastiche, plays, quilting …
Who can participate?
• Those working inside and outside of academia
• Researchers at any stage of their career
• Students at any level: undergrad, grad, post-doc
Session goals:
• Panel members will share how their research method/s and dissemination strategies create change and address social inequality
• This will be a collegial space to share research, research challenges, and receive support from fellow attendees
• This is will be an engaging participatory session
Submission details:
• Deadline: October 15, 2018
• Submit to:
Proposal details:
• The title and a 300-word abstract of the paper you are proposing
• Your name, institutional affiliation, and email address
• A brief statement (maximum 100 words) about you and your work
Contact Elaine Laberge at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Looking forward to learning alongside everyone.

Please forward this opportunity to anyone you think may be interested in participating in anyway. Thank you.

Elaine Laberge bio
University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Vanier scholar (2018-2021), Phd student (sociology), MA (University of Alberta, sociology), BA (University of Alberta, sociology), BA (Dalhousie University, Theatre/English)
Elaine received her MA in sociology from the University of Alberta (Canada). She conducted a nine-month narrative inquiry into how growing up in persistent childhood poverty shapes undergraduate students’ experiences in university. At the University of Victoria (Canada) her doctoral research builds upon her MA by moving from the individual to the grassroots level to push the pillars of privilege through a critical investigation into a real-time grassroots social activism initiative to support “poverty-class” students and students living in poverty. She seeks to understand how this type of social activism can contribute to widening access to, and participation in, higher education for “poverty-class” students.


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