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"Breaking narratives" can be read as both a strategy and a process. Narratives can trigger irritation and change, be "broken" and deconstructed. What exactly happens at this moment, when the possibility of something different opens up, when something new emerges but has yet to take shape?
"Breaking narratives" can be read in two ways: as a strategy and a process. Narratives can cause irritation and initiate change - Narratives also can be "broken", deconstructed or appropriated. But what exactly happens at this moment of disconcert/irritation, when the possibility of something different opens up, when things are emerging, but have yet to take shape?
This panel explores the communicative means and contents involved in these processes, as well as the different aspects of "broken" and genre-breaking narratives and storytelling. We invite papers dealing with (but not limited to) the strategies and social consequences of speaking and hearing marginal, liminal, subaltern, and subversive narratives, the poetics and politics arising from intertextual gaps created by unexpected and genre-breaking storytelling, as well as the effects of media logic in enabling and restricting what is possible to say in public. We also welcome papers examining the use of narratives and storytelling as important strategies in areas as diverse as medicine, education, heritage, advertisement, and politics, especially the motivations and arguments used as foundation and support for storytelling, including questions on what narratives can do, what problems they can help solve, and what kind of subjects they are intended to produce.
The Narrative Cultures Working Group warmly welcomes proposals from young scholars/early career researchers, too!