Narrative analysis

Narrative analysis

  • day 1
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • day 2
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Course details

qualitative course | level: beginner | register now
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affiliation: KU Leuven


This seminar is intended for doctoral students and other researchers who are working with narratives to investigate people’s experiences life-worlds and identities. The focus will be on listening. How do we listen to people’s narratives? What voices do we hear or not hear? How can we bring ourselves into relationship with the life-worlds of others? Who is speaking and to whom? In what body or physical space? Telling what stories about which relationships? In what societal and cultural frameworks?

Besides other narrative approaches, the Listening Guide Method developed by Carol Gilligan and colleagues is designed specifically for answering those questions. It specifies a series of listenings as a way of gaining entry into the inner world of another person: Listening for the plot; listening for the I, listening for contrapuntal voices (meaning for voices in the narrative that speak to the researcher’s question and the interplay between them). The evidence gathered through these listenings provides an empirical basis for composing an analysis or interpretation.

During the seminar some narrative approaches and more specifically the Listening Guide Method will be presented and demonstrated. Next participants will be guided through a listening guide analysis using their own narrative materials (transcripts of interviews or therapy sessions, letters, diaries, trial transcripts, etc) or working in small groups. This will be a working seminar and by the end of it, everyone should have an initial grasp of how to do a listening guide analysis as an example of narrative inquiry.

The seminar will be conducted in English. Participants who have interview transcripts or other narrative texts are invited to bring one to work on in the seminar. For those who don’t, materials will be provided.


Background readings


Phd’s and post-docs of a Flemish University: free
Other Academics: €120
Non-profit/social sector: €200
Private sector: €400


Campus Leuven (specific location will be communicated later)


Hubert Van Puyenbroeck, Gerrit Loots

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