BISR – The Biographic-Narrative Interpretive Method 6th November 2015

Birkbeck Institute for Social Research in collaboration with the Association for Psychosocial Studies

The Biographic-Narrative Interpretive Method (BNIM) for Research Interviewing

Friday 6 November 2015| 1.00 – 5.00pm | Room G04, 43 Gordon Square, Birkbeck, London WC1H 0PD

This is the second workshop in our new series, “New Developments in Psychosocial Methods”, organised by BISR  and The Association for Psychosocial Studies.

Speaker: Tom Wengraf

About BNIM

BNIM is a strongly psycho-societal research method, enabling the exploration and integrative interpretation of psycho-dynamics and socio-dynamics. Finding good methods for doing social research that are genuinely concerned, on the one hand,  with the macro-societal and the meso-institutional and, on the other,  with subjectivity(ies) and  ‘inner worlds’ is not easy.  Recently, BNIM’s interpretation procedure has  been enriched in order to explore more explicitly than before not just the ‘situated subjectivity’ at the moment of the interview but also earlier successive states of subjectivity over the life-period being explored, each of these successive states of situated subjectivity being seen as contradictory configurations.

Over its short life of 20 or so years, BNIM has tended to become used in projects that are more deeply psychological and more complexly sociological, going beyond psychological and sociological reductionisms. As a framework for this, some have found helpful a revised Critical Realism approach. BNIM trainings have been taking place for over fourteen years in the UK and in Ireland, as well as in New Zealand,Slovenia, USA,  Australia, Spain and Portugal.

This workshop

The BNIM interview is carefully structured into two core (plus one optional) separate sub-sessions. The BNIM interpretation process is carefully structured into two separate interpretive tracks, which – after the second track is completed – are brought together into a unified history of the case evolution which can be used to yield a structural case account in relation to your central research question.

This BNIM ‘Taster Half-Day’ will give you hands-on experience of doing a short BNIM interview (the two sub-session core) and also of doing a key part of the (twin-track) methodology for interpreting the interview material.  Though necessarily short, it will give you an authentic flavour of what it feels like to do BNIM, an unusual experience.

A Quick Outline Sketch of BNIM is available free from

View the flyer – here

This event is open to all, but places are limited. Registration and payment are essential.
£30 Standard | £20 APS Members/Birkbeck Staff | £10 All Students & Unwaged

(If you cannot afford the fee, please get in touch with the BISR Manager, Reina Goodwin-van der Wiel, on

Registration will open in September via

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Gender and Emotion – 6-8 January 2016. CFP deadline: 7th September 2015

Gender and Medieval Studies Conference 2016
The University of Hull

Gender and Emotion
6th – 8th January 2016

The grief-stricken faces at Edward’s deathbed in the Bayeux Tapestry; the ambiguous ‘ofermod’ in The Battle of Maldon; the body-crumpling anguish of the Virgin witnessing the Man of Sorrows; the mirth of the Green Knight; the apoplectic anger of the mystery plays’ Herod and the visceral visionary experiences of Margery of Kempe all testify to the ways in which the medieval world sought to express, perform, idealise and understand emotion.

Yet while such expressions of emotion are frequently encountered by medievalists working across the disciplines, defining, quantifying and analysing the purposes of emotion and its relationship to gender often proves difficult.  Are personal items placed in early Anglo Saxon graves a means for the living to let go of, or perpetuate emotion, and how are these influenced by the body in the grave?  Do different literary and historical forms lend themselves to diverse ways of expressing men’s and women’s emotion?  How does a character expressing emotion on stage or in artwork use body, gender and articulation to communicate emotion to their viewer?  Moreover, is emotion viewed differently depending on the gendered identity of the body expressing it?  Is emotion and its reception used to construct, deconstruct, challenge or confirm gender identities?

This conference seeks to explore the manifestations, performances and functions of emotion in the early to late Middle Ages, and to examine the ways in which emotion is gendered and used to construct gender identities.

Proposals are now being accepted for 20 minute papers.  Topics to consider may include, but are not limited to:

  • Gender and emotional expression: representing and performing emotion
  • The emotional body
  • Philosophies of emotion: theory and morality
  • Emotional objects and vessels of emotion
  • Language and emotion and the languages of emotion
  • Preserving or perpetuating emotion
  • Emotions to be dealt with: repressing, curtailing, channelling, transforming
  • Forbidden emotion
  • Living through (someone else’s) emotion
  • The emotions of war and peace
  • The emotive ‘other’
  • Place and emotion
  • Queer emotion

We welcome scholars from a range of disciplines, including history, literature, art history, archaeology and drama.  A travel fund is available for postgraduate students who would otherwise be unable to attend.

Please email proposals of no more than 300 words to organiser Daisy Black at by the 7th September 2015.  All queries should also be directed to this address.  Please also include biographical information detailing your name, research area, institution and level of study (if applicable).

Further details will be available on the conference website:

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Dandelion Journal – Call for Submissions: Deadline 4th September 2015


Special Issue: The Artist Identity, Dandelion Journal Vol. 5, No. 3 (2015)

The Dandelion editors seek submissions on the theme of ARTIST IDENTITY for their forthcoming issue.

A question as simple as asking ‘what is an artist?’ can result in a labyrinth of references, extend to related fields, and lead to contrasting interpretations. This reaffirms the idea that the artist identity is a variable, evolving and adapting representation of the artist’s self. In the symposium that inspired this special issue our speakers added a range of perspectives on the ways in which the artist identity is created, nurtured, sustained and challenged. They also indicated a need for further investigation of these central themes and a platform for the exchange of these ideas.

This special issue aims at encouraging further debate and invites submissions which engage with questions of artist identity in arts policy and management, art history, art practice, sociology and marketing, as well as considerations of the notion of ‘the artist’ in public discourse. We propose that the platform provided by this special issue on the artist identity can help to both explain it, as a concept, and also explore its power to provoke certain sociological responses.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Art education
  • Artistic labour
  • The studio, in whatever shape or form
  • Myth, stereotypes and ready-made narratives
  • Career development and the self
  • The work of art
  • Personal identity
  • Artistic identity crisis

We welcome short articles of 3000-5000 words, long articles of 5000-8000 words and critical reviews of books/ films/ exhibitions/ shows. We also strongly encourage submissions of artwork including visual art; creative writing; podcasts and video footage (up to 10 mins), accompanied by a 300-500 word summary/description/analysis.

We would be happy to discuss ideas for submissions with interested authors prior to the submissions deadline.

We welcome submissions from doctoral students, early career researchers, established academics and independent practitioners, working chiefly within the arts and humanities.

PLEASE EMAIL SUBMISSIONS BY 4 SEPTEMBER 2015 to the editors: or submit through the Dandelion website.

Please include a 50-word author biography and a 200-300-word abstract alongside your submission. All referencing and style is required in full MHRA format as a condition of publication and submitted articles should be academically rigorous and ready for immediate publication. Complete instructions for submissions can be found at under ‘About’.

The journal is also seeking EDITORS to join the Dandelion Journal Editorial Team. If you are interested in exploring this opportunity please email us at

Dandelion is an online postgraduate journal affiliated with the Birkbeck
School of Arts, and is supported by Roberts Funding and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Dandelion aims to bring together a diversity of works from researchers in the arts, to offer collaborative research and training possibilities, and to promote an independent, cross-institutional space for creative professional development.

We are in the process of compiling the following ‘scoop-it’ page to tie together all the various recordings, blogs and links that emerged from the symposium, which may be of interest to those who didn’t attend the event, or to those who wish to refresh their memories of it:

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Commemorating Painful Pasts through Performative Practices – 15-17 June 2016 – CFP deadline 24th August

The 3-day-conference will be held at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at
Stockholm University, Sweden, 15 – 17 June 2016

Keynote lectures and paper presentations will be open to the general public, whilst special
sessions are reserved for internal discussions amongst conference participants only.

Please note: we prefer subjects which have not been previously published. Accepted
conference participants are strongly encouraged to submit articles for publication soon after the conference. The work for the volume will undergo several editorial processes to ensure that its focus and purpose will be achieved.

Submissions for conference papers should reach us by 24 August 2015.
Please send an abstract (400 words) and a short CV including your institutional and departmental/museum affiliation and contact details to:

For any questions please contact the conference organizers: Tanja Schult, Department of Culture and Aesthetics Stockholm University, Sweden,, and Diana Popescu, Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck College, London,

Full details of the call for papers

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Call for volunteers

The annual Big Draw Festival runs from 1-31 October, kicking off with a National Launch two weeks earlier. This year’s Launch takes place across Oxford on 19 September. We’re looking for keen volunteers to support the activities planned for the Bodleian’s Weston Library on that day, which are partly a response to the Marks of Genius exhibition, which closes the day after.

 Volunteering Details

Saturday 19 September,
Volunteers start with a briefing session at 9.30 and finish at 5pm Every Drawing tells a Story Oxford Launches the 2015 Big Draw Festival Open to the public from 11am-4pm

Complete a free Walk & Draw Trail connecting Oxford’s treasures old and new with creative workshops at each stop. Join leading artists, scientists and illustrators in a programme designed to expand your ideas about drawing.

Draw Together with Philip Pullman and Chris Riddell before trying digital and robotic drawing at the Bodleian Libraries, X-ray drawing at the Museum of the History of Science, extreme drawing at the Story Museum, and much more besides.

Philip Pullman and Chris Riddell, the new Children’s Laureate, will launch the 2015 Big Draw Festival in the Weston Library, to be followed by a programme of activities across Oxford. We would be grateful for help to set up, distribute materials and clear away at 4pm. Read full post

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Migrating Texts: Subtitling | Translation | Adaptation – 13th November

Friday 13 November 2015
Room 243 Senate House, London

Free entry: Thanks to generous funding from the London Arts and Humanities Partnership


Please save the date for the second annual Migrating Texts event, which will bring together academics, practitioners and cultural industry professionals to discuss subtitling, translation and intermedial adaptation. You are welcome to attend one, two or all three sessions. Migrating Texts is aimed at helping postgraduate students and early career researchers use their language and creative skills beyond their studies, whether that be for a future career outside of academia, or for developing public engagement projects and creating ‘impact’.

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Gender and Medieval Studies Student Essay Prize 2015 – deadline: 20th November

The Gender and Medieval Studies Group offers a postgraduate student essay prize, which is awarded at the GMS conference in January each year. The competition is open to students at all levels including those who will be completing their degree in the coming year.

Essays should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length (including notes) and should engage with questions of gender and/or sexuality in the Middle Ages. Essays should follow a recognised academic referencing system (such as MHRA), should include a bibliography and all images should be captioned.

Submissions from postgraduates working within any discipline in the field are encouraged.

The prize gives free registration to the GMS conference (held every January at a different UK institution) for two years (2016 and 2017) and a contribution towards UK travel costs to the conference. In 2016 the conference will be on Gender and Emotions and will be held at the University of Hull (6th-8th January). The winning essay will also be considered for publication in the academic journal Medieval Feminist Forum, run by the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS). There may be years when no prize is awarded, depending upon submissions in any given year.

Electronic submissions should be submitted to Isabel Davis ( by November 20th 2015.

To keep up-to-date on the GMS conference series, please subscribe to the listserv address:

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Warwick CSWG Graduate Seminar Series 2015/2016 – deadline: 28th August 2015

The Centre for the Study of Women and Gender at the University of Warwick will host an interdisciplinary Graduate Seminar Series in the academic year 2015/2016. We would like to invite papers from postgraduate students working in, but not limited to the following areas:

  • Media, Culture and Gender Representations
  • Work, Employment and the Family
  • Gender and Education
  • Politics and Power
  • (Trans) national Gender
  • Intersections of Gender, ‘Race’, Class, Disability and Age
  • Transgender and Sexualities
  • Feminism and Women’s Rights
  • Masculinities and Femininities
  • Feminist Methodologies
  • New Media and Digital Technologies
  • Histories of Feminism, Gender and Sexuality
  • Gender, the Body and Embodiment

We welcome submissions, both conventional and innovative, from any disciplines on gender related topics. Seminars will take place on three or four afternoons across the Autumn and Spring terms (dates and timings TBC). Each presenter will be allocated 30 minutes: 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes discussion. Attendance is open to everyone.
The seminar series aims to:

  • Foster discussions on questions of/around gender
  • Provide a safe and comfortable space for students to present their research
  • Create an opportunity to fine-tune presentation skills

Abstracts should be:

  • Maximum 200 words
  • Submitted along with a brief biography of the author (max 100 words); including their institution, department, and research interests. If undertaking empirical research please also provide a brief summary of methodology.
  • Submitted by Friday 28th August 2015

Please email abstracts to Abstracts will be peer reviewed. If successful, you will hear from us in the week commencing Monday 14th September 2015 and will be allocated a seminar between October 2015 and March 2016. Funds may also be available to help contribute to travel expenses.

If you have any further questions, please do email us at

Or get in touch via Facebook or Twitter

For more information about the Graduate Seminar Series, please visit the website

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