Here is a printable PDF of the programme also: Conference programme and parallel sessions (pdf).


Thursday, 19th June

Registration (with tea/coffee) 10.15 Lobby of Business School
Conference opening 10.50 – 11.00 BS/101
Keynote – Ann Phoenix 11.00 – 12.00 BS/101
Parallel session (1) 12.00 – 13.30 BSG/19, 20, 21, 23 (see below)
Lunch 13.30 – 14.30 BSG/18
Parallel session (2) 14.30 – 16.00 BSG/19, 20, 21, 23 (see below)
Break (with tea/coffee) 16.00 – 16.15 BSG/18
Parallel session (3) 16.15 – 17.45 BSG/19, 20, 21, 23 (see below)
Wine and drinks reception 18.30 Student Central
Conference dinner 19.00 Student Central

Friday, 20th June

Parallel session (1) 9.00 – 10.30 BSG/19, 20, 21, 23 (see below)
Break (with tea/coffee) 10.30 – 11.00 BSG/18
Keynote – Ken Plummer 11.00 – 12.00 BS/101
Lunch 12.00 – 13.00 BSG/18
Parallel session (2) 13.00 – 14.30 BSG/19, 20, 21, 23 (see below)
Break (with tea/coffee) 14.30 – 14.45 BSG/18
Parallel session (3) 14.45 – 16.15 BSG/19, 20, 21, 23 (see below)
Conference close 16.15 – 16.30 BS/101


Thursday, 19th June

Registration (with tea/ coffee) – 10.15 – in lobby of Business School

Conference opening – 10.50 – 11.00 – in BS/101

Keynote – Ann Phoenix – 11.00 – 12.00 – in BS/101 (Chair: Tracey Yeadon-Lee)


Panel 1A (room BSG/19) Chair: Abi Locke

Claire Largan (University College Birmingham) ‘Is success ever possible? The role of discourse within an exploration of women as non-traditional students
Joan Smith (University of Leicester) Student teacher mothers’ perceptions of their learning and experiences during initial teacher education: a pilot study
Ifsa Hussain (University of Bradford) “I don’t just want to be known as someone’s wife or as someone’s mother. I didn’t come to university for that”: A narrative exploration of British Pakistani Muslim women’s engagement with higher education

Panel 1B (room BSG/20) Chair: Surya Monro

Olga Michael (Independent Scholar) “The Butlerian Gender Trouble in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home: A Case of Denaturalized Gender and Sexuality Performances in Contemporary Women’s Verbal/Visual Life Narratives.”
Lara Pizycki (Northumbria University) Sexualised girls: narratives of the safeguarded?
Pinar Oktem (Positive Living Association, Turkey) Challenges in the Reconstruction of HIV-positive Identities in Turkey: Narratives of Injustice and Neglect

Panel 1C (room BSG/21) Chair: Nigel Parton

Helen Colley and Viv Burr (University of Huddersfield) The impact of elder care on female academics: troubling narratives of private ills
Camelia Crisan (National University for Political Studies and Public Administration) and Mark Dunford (University of Brighton and DigiTales) Why do people choose to tell specific stories? Understanding the narrative impulse in digital storytelling workshops with elderly people across Romania
Mark Pulsford (University of Sheffield) Rupturing narratives: material-discursive entanglements and the becoming-other of male primary teachers

Panel 1D (room BSG/23) Chair: Grainne McMahon

Deborah Jump (University College, Oldham) Fighting for Change: Narrative accounts on the appeal and desistance-potential of boxing.
Emma Casey (Kingston University) Troubled Identities in Mass Observers’ Accounts of Everyday Risk Taking Practices
Jo Day (University of Exeter) and Andrew Sparkes (Leeds Metropolitian University) ‘When you stop you’ve got no identity’: The (re)construction of narrative identity and the implications for understanding desistance from crime

Lunch – 13.30 – 14.30 (and poster presentations) – in BSG/18


Panel 2A (room BSG/19) Chair: Jo Woodiwiss
Donna Thomas-Nawaz (Director of Real Life Research LTD) Narrative and Identity in Citizen Engagement Processes
Melissa Kelly (University of the Free State, South Africa) Citizenship, Identity and Belonging: Narratives from Temporary Housing Settlements in South Africa
Justin Haroun and Helen Pokorny (University of Westminster) Troubling narratives of students in a neoliberal world of Higher Education: Belonging in troubled times.
Panel 2B (room BSG/20) Chair: Sharon Wray
Anna Kurpaska (King’s College London) ‘Autobiography, narratives of aging and older women’s personal photographs on social media’
Marlo De Lara (University of Essex) A Psychosocial Perspective: Completing the trauma narrative through artistic expression
Shelley Piasecka and Karen Quigley (University of Chester) Narrative methodologies in theatre-based pedagogical practice.
Panel 2C (room BSG/21) Chair: Tracey Yeadon-Lee
Sally Hines (University of Leeds) Beyond Liberation and Loss: Retelling Sexual Stories through a Politics of Difference
Surya Monro (University of Huddersfield) Narratives of bisexual people’s marginalisation, resistance, and activism
Emma Spruce (London School of Economics) Challenging progress: LGBTQ stories of stasis and change
Panel 2D (room BSG/23) Chair: Yvonne Downs
Grainne McMahon (University of Huddersfield) True story! The new world order and young offenders’ narratives of change.
Muna Abdi (University of Sheffield) Being and becoming Muslim, Somali and British: Exploring the identity-related experiences of young Somali men through self-representing narratives
Nigel Parton (University of Huddersfield) Social Work, Child Protection and the Media: Narratives of Blame and Failure

Break – 16.00 – 16.15 – in BSG/18


Panel 3A (room BSG/19) Chair: Sally Hines
Ilona Suojanen and Edgar Rodríguez (University of Edinburgh) Gay Gays: Men’s Postmodern Narratives of Being Gay and Happy
Sue Lindsay (Leeds Metropolitian University) Heteronormativity – a gay girl’s false friend
Tracey Yeadon-Lee (University of Huddersfield) Exploring narratives of non-binary gender identities in the blogosphere
Panel 3B (room BSG/20) Chair: Donna Peach
Claire Brewis, Anna van Wersch, Amanda McNamee and Christopher J Wilson (Teesside University) Photo-elicitation as a tool to enhance gathering narratives from people with brain injury
Susy Ridout (University of Birmingham) Narrating experience: the advantage of using mixed qualitative methods to bring autistic voices to the fore in discourse around their support requirements.
Kimberley Horton (Cardiff University) Adults with dyslexia: Can narrative methods help us to understand their identities?
Panel 3C (room BSG/21) Chair: Sharon Wray
Permtip Buaphet (University of York) Readers’ Narratives and the Construction of Women in Contemporary Women’s Magazines in the UK and Thailand: A Comparative Study
Emily LeRoux-Rutledge (London School of Economics) Media, narrative and women’s identities in South Sudan
Hannah Dean (University of Leeds) Oral history narratives of female entrepreneurs
Panel 3D (room BSG/23) Chair: Jo Woodiwiss
Jelena Nolan Miljevic (University of Bristol) Master narratives and identity construction in search for missing parents
Storato Giulia (University of Padua) Evoking narratives through artefacts: notes from a research with children
Mary Smith (University of Salford) The narratives of ‘Troubled Families’ – a troubling context

Wine and drinks reception – 18.30 – in Student Central

Conference dinner – 19.00 – in Student Central


Friday, 20th June

PARALLEL SESSIONS FRIDAY (1) – 9.00 to 10.30

Panel 1A (room BSG/19) Chair: Abi Locke
Chrystie Myketiak and Paul Curzon (Queen Mary University of London) Medical Incident Reports, Narratives, and Institutional Discourse
Janet Hargreaves and Berenice Golding (University of Huddersfield) Nursing with attitude: being a Médecins Sans Frontières volunteer.
Clive Baldwin (St Thomas University, Fredericton) The trouble with transableism: Narrative identity under threat
Panel 1B (room BSG/20) Chair: Grainne McMahon
Louise Ryan and Edina Kurdi (Middlesex University) ‘to untie a bit of yourself’: young Irish professional migrants narrating identities’
Eveleigh Buck-Matthews (Coventry University) Festivals: Spaces of Exception. Reframing and re-presenting young people in the U.K.
Dawn Lyon (University of Kent), Bethany Morgan Brett (University of East London) and Graham Crow (University of Edinburgh) Young People’s Imagined Futures: Narratives from the Isle of Sheppey, 1978 and 2010
Panel 1C (room BSG/21): Chair: Julia Langley
Jo Woodiwiss (University of Huddersfield) Contested stories, dominant narratives and narrative frameworks
Kate Smith (University of Huddersfield) Making sense of stories: Narratives of women seeking asylum
Kelly Lockwood (University of Huddersfield) Listening to mum: narratives of mothers in prison

Break – 10.30 – 11.00 – in BSG/18

Keynote – Ken Plummer – 11.00 – 12.00 – in BS/101 (Chair: Jo Woodiwiss)

Lunch – 12.00 – 13.00 – in BSG/18

PARALLEL SESSIONS FRIDAY (2) – 13.00 to 14.30

Panel 2A (room BSG/19) Chair: Tracey Yeadon-Lee
Belinda Bluff (University of Huddersfield) A Pluralistic Approach to Care Leavers’ Transition to Higher Education: A Longitudinal Study
Zachari Duncalf (University of Strathclyde) Adult care leavers: narrative, (auto)biography and identity across the life course
Nafhesa Ali (University of Huddersfield) “I’m too delicate to do rough, hard work”: Older South Asian migrant women, gender, age and resilience.
Panel 2B (room BSG/20) Chair: Yvonne Downs
Dina Poursanidou (University of Manchester) Negotiating unsettled and unsettling identities: How can we respond to this task creatively?
Hilary Tierney (NUIM, Ireland) Times and Illuminating Journeys Crystallising Narratives and Conceptualising Metaphors in Narrative Inquiry
Emily Postan (University of Edinburgh ) Interpreting the body: bioinformation as a tool of narrative self-conception
Panel 2C (room BSG/21) Chair: Abi Locke
Julian Grant (Flinders University) I stay strong for my children’: refugee single mothers claiming motherhood as identity, troubled society and troubling feminisms
Deborah Rodriguez and Nollaig Frost (Middlesex University) The application of a qualitatively-driven multimethod approach to the reformulation of identity in mothers of children with and without disability.
Charlotte Morris (University of Sussex) Narratives of shame and pride: Heterosexual single mothers’ negotiations of troubled identities, 20 minute oral presentation
Panel 2D (room BSG/23) Chair: Jo Woodiwiss
Julia Langley (University of Huddersfield) “Not that kind of girl”: Personal and public narratives of teenage pregnancy and relationship abuse.
Nicky Mason (University of Brighton) Women’s stories of planned Caesarean birth in their first pregnancy. (Oral presentation)
Sarah Bekaert (Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust) Relational poems – highlighting the polyphony within narrative; exploring influence on decision making in young women’s pregnancy stories.

Break – 14.30 – 14.45 – in BSG/18

PARALLEL SESSIONS FRIDAY (3) – 14.45 – 16.15

Panel 3A (room BSG/19) Chair: Tracey Yeadon-Lee
Saba Hussain and Nazia Hussein (University of Warwick) Interrogating the Narratives of Gender, Religion and Nationalism in the Representation of Muslim Women in Bollywood: Contexts of Change Sites of Continuity
Nazia Hussein (University of Warwick) Narratives of Gender, Class and Respectability: The New Women of Bangladesh
Rachel Thwaites (University of Birmingham) Troubling Feminist Selves? Negotiating the tensions between narratives of linear selfhood, gendered norms, and feminist action
Panel 3B (room BSG/20) Chair: Grainne McMahon
Anna Piela (University of Leicester) ‘I just want to get in the library and learn stuff now which is really nerdy’: Access to HE students’ narratives of expectations and choices during transition to university
Nilam Ashra McGrath (University of Leeds) Are you in or out of the loop? The life of the communications manager
Thomas Colley (King’s College London) How Strategic, Whose Narrative? Investigating British Public Attitudes Towards the Use of Force
Panel 3C (room BSG/21) Chair: Janet Hargreaves
Jonathan Glazzard (University of Huddersfield) Translating the Rhetoric of Inclusion into Reality: A Life History Account of One Teacher’s Determination to Make Inclusion Work
Fern Elsdon-Baker (Coventry University) Creating Creationists: the influence of ‘issues framing’ on our understanding of public perceptions of clash narratives between evolutionary science and belief
Jennifer Kettle (University of Sheffield) Women’s narrative identities in accounts of household work: Issues of memory
Panel 3D (room BSG/23): Chair: Yvonne Downs
Sam Broadhead (Leeds College of Art) ‘Out of the Mouths of Babes: Mature students and horizontal discourse in the art and design studio’
Sylvia Theuri (University of Salford) ‘How did you get there?’ – Black African students and the art and design educational space
Karen Tobias-Green (Leeds College of Art) The trouble with voice

Conference close – 16.15 – 16.30 – in BS/101