This panel is to concretize the ideas for the establishing of a new Workinggroup on Narratives (as started in Göttingen 2017). We ask for short programmatic papers as kick-off speeches to fuel the discussion. In the end we want to approve the mission statement to pursue the founding.
At the SIEF-congress in Göttingen there has been a call for establishing a new SIEF-Workinggroup on Narratives, which showed a good number of scholars, who are interested in the topic. From there came a smaller group to organize the upcoming activities for the founding, and in the end to suggest a mission statement. We had some good scholarly exchange, but agreed to discuss the topics and contents of the workinggroup at the upcoming SIEF-Congress in Santiago de Compostella 2019. Among others we suggest to use a broader term of narratives, which allows to implement also i.e. exhibitions, rituals, constructions of heritage or popular media. We probably go together, when we say that narratives are a crucial part of everyday's world and we "think and communicate in narratives". We can also think about narratives "as a mode of construction, understanding - and appropriation - of the world" or to "think the world in narratives". Based on ideas like these, in this panel we want to discuss together the future programme and the mission statement for the Workinggroup on Narratives. So we ask for (really) short programmatic papers and conceptual ideas as kick-off speeches to fuel the discussion. In the end we want to approve the mission statement to pursue the founding.