Over the past four decades, narrative has emerged as a new paradigm in the humanities and the social sciences. In the 1990s, narrative emerged as a theoretical tool in the social sciences to render meaningful concepts such as identity and memory. In the following years the focus has turned to the analysis of individual and public stories, stories through which actors such as migrant/ minority as well as ‘native’/ majority groups, protest movements and trans-, supra- or national entities define their social and symbolic boundaries.
In this class, we will discuss narrative both with regard to its theoretical as well as its analytical dimensions. The structure of the course includes three parts: firstly, we engage with theoretical classics; secondly, we look at how narratives can be investigated; and, thirdly, we discuss case-studies on micro/macro narratives.