Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies
GRS International Summer School 2022

Tales, Myths and Stories: Exploring Narrative Methodologies in Music Research

We are delighted to invite researchers, scholars, artists and practitioners from any field engaged with music to participate in the GRS International Summer School to be held 14th-16th June 2022 at the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. The conference is organised in collaboration with the 8TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON NARRATIVE INQUIRY IN MUSIC EDUCATION (NIME8)

GRS International Summer School 2022
Raimond Klavins

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The oral tradition of storytelling is strong in the Nordic countries, and stories often take shape as songs inherited and passed down through the generations.   This GRS course aims to bring together researchers from different cultures and backgrounds, carrying their own stories and musics to consider how the web of contemporary artistic and cultural life is enmeshed in storying practices, and to join conversations on narrative thinking and inquiry across a range of contexts, sites and disciplines.

Storytelling is both an extraordinary and everyday practice which includes ancient fairytales and sagas, alongside everyday forms of micro and macro narrative, through which individuals and groups interact, negotiate values, make sense of the past, structure the present and imagine the future.  Quite simply: “people without narratives do not exist” (Polkinghorne).  The course will focus on narrative forms of research and inquiry whilst contemplating the ways narrative may exist in more-than linguistic forms through its entanglement with music, film, photography, dance and other performative expressions.  We invite participants to consider narratives about music and musical experiences, alongside how music itself can be understood as a narrative gesture, or the ways artistic work may sublimely address the “unspeakable.” What kind of narratives emerge when we focus on the places, spaces and environments where music and musical experiences emerge?  What stories do musical materials and objects themselves tell us?  How does narrative evolve and circulate across digital media platforms? When narratives circulate quickly and become detached from local situatedness, what are the possibilities and risks of appropriation and re-storying across sites, cultures and borders?  When post-humanistic and socio-materialist researchers connect their inquiry to issues of sustainable development and social justice, how can such perspectives guide reflection and debate among narrative researchers in and around music?  Through exploration of these themes, the course aims to engage participants in questioning the ways researchers generate, collect, interpret and convey narratives in a complex and conflicting global climate.

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ECTS Credits

Ph.D. candidates can gain 3 or 5 ECTS credit points for active, in-person participation during this course and have the option of presenting on the main theme of the course OR on their own research project. These presentations will receive feedback from senior researchers and peers.