Summer school: Narrative, discourse and interaction

The Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan (MultiLing)

University of Oslo, Norway - 5 to 9 September 2016

Instructors: Anna De Fina (Georgetown University, Washington DC) & Alexandra Georgakopoulou (King’s College London)




Course Description

How we tell stories and what our stories reveal about us, our lives and our relations with others has attracted the attention of numerous strands of social scientific inquiry. It is notable that narrative research interviews constitute the main qualitative method for identity analysis. Discourse and sociolinguistic studies of storytelling have drawn on this diversity of social scientific work but they have also infused it with vital insights into how everyday life stories are told in interaction with other people and in specific contexts. Narrative analysis has been particularly useful and instrumental in studies of multilingual/multicultural individuals and groups.

  • The aim of this course is to familiarize you with the main frameworks within discourse and sociolinguistic studies for the analysis of stories and identities.
  • The presentation of concepts and analytical tools will become tangible with close analysis of a wide range of stories from various everyday life contexts: cafés, classrooms, the workplace, social media platforms, etc.

The main reading resource for this course is De Fina, A. & Georgakopoulou, A. Analyzing narrative: Discourse and sociolinguistic perspectives (2012, CUP).

The summer school is organised by Centre for Multilingualism in Society Across the Lifespan (MultiLing) in collaboration with COST Action IS1306 New Speakers in a Multilingual Europe: Opportunities and Challenges

Apply to the summer school here: content-autumn-2016.html Application deadline: June 5. 3 bursaries (200€ each) are offered for PhD students who have been admitted to the summer school and who are eligible for COST-funding (see list of countries

Bursaries may cover flight expenses (at minimum rates) and part of expenses of local transport, accommodation and meals according to COST regulations.

TO APPLY FOR BURSARIES, send the following to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: Copy of acceptance letter from the summer school, an updated CV, a simple budget (see example in

Deadline: 20/06/2016, Decision: 30/06/2016