SEPTEMBER 15, 2018

Venue: Faculty of Economics and Sociology, Building T, Room T006, Rewolucji 1905 r. No 41. Street.

9.00-12.00 Jane Arnfield (UK) Drama and Biography – (Out of) Living Memory

12.00-12.45    Lunch

12.45-15.45    Maggie O’Neill (UK): Methods on the Move: walking biographies 

15.45-16.00    Coffee Break

16.00-19.00    Fritz Schütze (Germany): Biographical analysis of written texts 


Prof. Fritz Schütze 

The usability of written and literary autobiographical texts for biography analysis of social scientists?

Thomas and Znaniecki were social-science •protagonists in analytically using written autobiographical text material that they and their co-workers had collected, for example: the autobiographies of Wladek in the “Polish Peasant”, the Jack Roller Stanley or the master thieve and later famous writer Urke Nachalnik. However, social scientists would normally leave the analysis of literary autobiographies, for example “Anton Reiser”, and of fictitious autobiographical texts, for example “Great Expectations”, “The Adolescent” or “The Remains of the Day” to literary studies scholars (who obviously understand their metier). How about the good reasons, chances and difficulties not only to use autobiographical text material that has been ”self-collected” by social scientists, but to use both types of autobiographical-narrative text production for social science biography analysis?  – A few examples of text analysis in a small workshop with some methodical and theoretical conclusions.


Prof. Maggie O’Neill (UK) 

Methods on the Move: the walking interview biographical method

The workshop will open with a short presentation on the history of walking and some examples of walking in sociological, ethnographic and arts based biographical research. Participants will be invited to imagine / visualise a walk that is special to them/a favourite walk and then will draw the route of the walk  and share the walk with a partner. We will reflect upon the experience in the context of our earlier discussions and understanding of biographical research. What does walking mean to you? Come and take part in an interactive session where we will imagine and produce a walk/map  that might capture senses of biography and belonging  for participants/co-walkers.


Jane Arnfield, Associate Professor Theatre & Performance (UK)

(Out of) Living Memory

Suitcase of Survival Training is a creative and active learning programme that raises awareness of the self and others and through a range of creative, physical and active exercises, we address how building personal resilience supports individual and group development. SOS has been developed in partnership with The Forge  wwwintheforge.com<http://wwwintheforge.com>

All the participants are asked to prepare the following:

  1. Recall a personal memory
  2. Using the recollection note down the PLACE where the memory is situated
  3. Using the recollection write down the footwear you were wearing or if this cannot be recalled then re imagine the footwear you could have worn in the recalled PLACE of the memory
  4. Write down the memory, the event itself, the (F) ACTUAL memory (no more than 500 words)
  5. Write down the PLACE of the memory in detail (no more than 500 words)
  6. Offer a visual image of the actual footwear you remember wearing (or you if you cannot remember) imagine you were wearing – if in bare feet just state – bare feet and provide an image