Narrative and Arts Research Special Interest Network (NARSIN)

Stimulating interdisciplinary research employing a narrative and/or arts perspective on topics relating to education, social work, counselling, and therapy.

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About the network

Aims of the Network

  • To be a network for creating and maintaining transdisciplinary connections between researchers and postgraduate students using narrative and artistic methodologies across the Faculty of Education and Social Work and the wider University of Auckland.
  • For the network to become a place of belonging, experimenting, disseminating and theorising narrative and/or arts-based research.
  • To develop and enhance innovative methods to respond to socio-environmental issues.
  • To enable the exchange and dissemination of narrative and artistic research through workshops, seminars, and peer support for funding and publishing.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the group moved online to the Supervision Sharing Space. This is still an active space for supervisors and doctoral students to network and share presentations, publications, or opportunities.

'We need innovative, creative methodologies to meet complex issues’
(Denzin & Lincoln)

Whom the networking is connecting with:

  • The network has published two books and several articles
  • The network supervises masters and PhD students in these domains of narrative and arts in research
  • Critical Autoethnography group
  • International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
  • Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines
  • Arts-based Community and Diverse Economies International community of practice
  • Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia.

Recent publications:

Latest seminars:

  • Autoethnography and New Materialism - Online seminar and conversation
  • A talk with Professor Carolyn Ellis about autoethnography