RN03 - Biographical Perspectives on European Societies
The RN03 promotes biographical perspectives on social reality by scholarly exchange and creative collaboration.
The Research Network ‘Biographical perspectives on European Societies’ aims to promote scholarly exchange and creative collaboration between sociologists using biographical perspectives to understand the social reality. Our scope of interests is mainly organized around the following themes: identity, migration, ethnicity, memory, processes of social transformation and other processes structured within and structuring the social reality. Methodologically the network is developing along the qualitative, mainly biographical methods combining it with visual and performative methods.
- Coordinator: Lyudmila Nurse, UK, lyudmilanurse[at]oxford-xxi.org
- Co-coordinator: Katarzyna Waniek, Poland, k.m.waniek[at]googlemail.com
- Ina Alber-Armenat, Germany
- Jane Arnfield, UK
- Baiba Bela, Latvia
- Ana Caetano, Portugal
- Andre Epp, Germany
- Agnieszka Golczynska-Grondas, Poland
- Maggie O' Neill, Republic of Ireland
- Elena Rozhdestvenskaya, Russia
- Katerina Sidiropulu-Janků, Czech Republic and Austria
- Piotr Szenajch, Poland
- Kaja Kaźmierska, Poland - 2015-2019
- Maggie O’Neill, UK - 2011-2015
- Thea Boldt, Poland and Germany - 2007-2011
- Robin Humphrey, UK - 2003-2007
- Robert Miller, UK- 1999-2003
- J.P.Roos, Finland, 1995-1999
Biographical methods and analysis (session in collaboration with RN20)
In 2020 RN03 "Biographical Perspectives on European Societies" collaborates with RN20 " Qualitative Methods" on biographical methods and analysis in the RN20's mid-term conference: Seeing and the Other Senses – Making Sense of the Senses Through Language. Opportunities and Challenges in Qualitative Research. August 26 – 28, 2020, University of Kassel.
The deadline for the RN20 mid-term conference submission of abstracts is 20 April 2020. Please find enclosed a website to the conference and pre-conference workshops: https://www.uni-kassel.de/fb01/institute/sozialwesen/fachgebiete/sozialwissenschaftliche-methodologie/mid-term-conference-rn-20/call-for-papers-and-submission.html
and CfP for a joint session:
Biographical methods and analysis (in collaboration with RN 03): The University of Kassel has a long-standing tradition in biographical-narrative interviews and analysis, that can be traced back to Fritz Schütze, the former chair holder in qualitative methodology. This thematic thread is specifically focussed on the new developments in biographical research and creative applications of biographical methods. We welcome papers that demonstrate theoretical and practical approaches to the analysis of biographical data in textual and other forms. We invite papers that critically reflect on how analysis of visual elements can contribute to the development of biographical narrative research.
14th Conference of the European Sociological association: Europe and Beyond: Boundaries, Barriers and Belonging, Manchester, United Kingdom, 20 – 23 August 2019
RN 03 Theme
Borders, Risks, Inequality and (Un) Belonging through the prism of biographical research - sociological traditions and innovations
The RN’s thematic interests are mainly: identity, migration, ethnicity, memory, processes of social transformation in modern European societies, but we also welcome contributions examining the effects of globalization, nationalism, populism, migration and of ‘Brexit’. RN03 offers an opportunity to reflect on history and development of the biographical approach, the place of biographical research in contemporary social sciences and innovative ways of analysing data sources, such as narrative, conversational, linguistic analyses and re-visiting classics of autobiographical methods and the legacy of Thomas and Znaniecki’s work, the centenary of publication of which we celebrated in 2018, in combination with new methods. We aim at exploring creative advances in biographical research in the studies of borders, risks, (un)belonging, inequality, cultural diversity and participation using analysis of personal documents, life stories, autobiography and multi-media, performative and arts based methods. We are interested in studies of biographical resources on overcoming of social and educational inequalities (old and evolving). We welcome contributions on the biographical experiences represented in social media: blogs, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter feeds, as well as studies focused on the virtual worlds and biography online. Biographical narrative perspective incorporates a strong visual element in addressing issues of boundaries, barriers and belonging. Papers should critically reflect on how visual elements can contribute to the development of biographical narrative research. We shall explore ethical, methodological, aesthetic and political issues raised by the incorporation of a visual element in any particular project. In addition, we will host a “meet an author” session: to discuss recent publications using biographical methods and by RN03 members – a friendly, informal talk for advanced and early career researchers on how to analyse and write about biographical research.
Joint Session JS_RN02_RN03: “Performative and arts-based methods in biographical research” (Joint with RN02 Sociology of the Arts)
RN03 had organized five sessions in total. Four thematic sessions and one joint session in collaboration with RN02 Sociology of the Arts with a total of 24 papers were presented orally. One session had a film demonstration and discussion. The sessions were chaired by Kaja Kaźmierska, Maggie O’Neill, Katarzyna Waniek and Lyudmila Nurse.
Biographical Methods in the Qualitative Research session featured two oral presentations by João Baía, Ana Caetano and Magda Nico, ISCTE, Portugal: Connecting The Dots: Mapping The Field Of Biographical Research In Europe and by André Epp, University of Education Karlsruhe, Germany: Considerations on Triangulation of Biographical Narrative Interviews and Expert Interviews - Methodological Modifications and Extensions to Identify Relations Between Biography and Practical Theory.
Hermílio Santos, PUCRS, Brazil - President of the ISA RC 38 “Biography and society” presented his documentary film: Lifeworld - The Sociology of Alfred Schutz, followed by discussion.
Methods of Analysis of Biographical Data session featured five oral presentations: by Hazel Rosemary Wright, Anglia Ruskin University, United Kingdom: Hearing, Heading and Holistically Analysing to 'See' That 'Unsaid' in Biographic Interviews; Katarzyna Waniek, University of Lodz, Poland: Biographical Experiences of Transformation in the Cohort Born 1980-1990. A Case Analysis; by Michela Franceschelli, UCL, United Kingdom: Global Migration And Local Communities: Social Solidarity And Collective Grievance With The Absent State In The Italian Island Of Lampedusa: Elena Rozhdestvenskaya, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Russian Federation: Biographical Research in the Era of Big Data: СV Analysis of the Management Business Elite in Russia; Ana Vidu, University of Deusto, Spain, Juanita Candamil, University of Barcelona, Adriana Aubert, University of Barcelona, Spain: Second Order Sexual Harassment And Solidarity Networks In Universities.
Biography and Memory session featured four oral presentations by Andrzej Czyżewski, University of Lodz, Poland: 1968 in Poland – Biography and Memory; Edmunds Šūpulis, University of Latvia, Latvia: Narrative Construction of Generational Experience in Latvian Life Stories; Kaja Kazmierska, University of Lodz, Poland: Winners and Losers of the Process of Transformation from the Biographical Perspective. Paolo Contini, Facoltà Teologica Pugliese, Italy; Angela Mongelli, Università degli Studi di Bari Aldo Moro: Reception and Integration: The Narrative of the Riace Case.
Biography and Identities session featured four presentations: by Katerina Sidiropulu Janku, Jana Obrovska, Masaryk University, Czech Republic: "I Get Along Better with Whites than with Blacks." Discursive Imprisonment and Ways out for Third Generation of „Others“ in European Space. Czech-Slovak Roma Mothers Narrating their Way to Upbring the Early School Children; Abdul Rauf, Bielefeld University, Germany: Boundaries Un/Making By Young Refugees In Urban Spaces and Hana Maříková, Institute of Sociology, Czech Republic: To Become or Not to Become a Parent? How Childless/Childfree Men Experience Their Life Trajectories and Bolaji Balogun, University of Leeds, United Kingdom: The Racialised - not being Polish, not being White, not being European.
Joint session of the RN02 and RN03: Performative and Arts-Based Methods in Biographical Research were jointly chaired Chris Mathieu, Sweden and Lyudmila Nurse, UK.
The session also featured four presentations: by Justyna Kijonka, University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland: A Migrant’s Biography as Art. Ana Gonçalves Universidade de Lisboa, Instituto de Ciências Sociais; Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL), Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia, Lisboa, Portugal; Alexandre Bergamo, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina - UFSC, Florianópolis, Brasil: Frames of Live: The Visual-Verbal Interplay in Photo-Biographical Research; by Maggie ONeill, UCC, Ireland; , Lyudmila Nurse, Oxford University, UK ( presented by Maggie O’Neill: Creative Applications Of Biographical Research Methods; thoughts on the inter-disciplinarity, analysis and interpretation of biographical data. Katarzyna Niziołek, University of Białystok, Poland: Assemblage of Memory. A Female Experience of Memory Transmission and Performance.
Mid-term Conference, Lodz, 17-18 September 2018
Theoretical and empirical reflections on social disorganisation and “otherness” in modern European societies: Following the biographical and discursive approach of Thomas and Znaniecki's legacy of “Polish Peasant in Europe and America”
Conference website: http://esamidterm2018.uni.lodz.pl/